REVIEW: Kiplin Hall Flower Festival

By Iris Eckersley

Kiplin Hall, between Richmond and Northallerton, could not have had a more beautiful start to its Celebration of Gardens and Flowers than this sunny Saturday that saw temperatures rise to 26 degrees.

When we arrived our eyes were drawn to the abundantly flowering climbing roses. Roses are stealing the show in Kiplin’s garden: throughout June they will fill the grounds with their scent.

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For five days this unusual Jacobean house will bring the garden indoors: local flower clubs, volunteers, and staff at Kiplin Hall have worked hard creating wonderful floral decorations in every room, drawing on the house’s rich history for inspiration.

Two cheerful flower arrangements containing pink peonies welcome the visitor into the hall. Then into the drawing room, decorated by The Friends of Kiplin Hall. The library made a pleasing backdrop for a specimen of flowering Streptocarpus plants, grown by the gardener and the garden volunteers.

An absolute show stopper was the dining room, decorated for a feast, by the Easingwold and District Flower Club . A sumptuous table decoration incorporating burned orange roses and calla lilies spread over the full length of the table. I would gladly spend an evening in this gorgeous room, with good friends and good food.

Other flower arrangers used the nature of the room to guide their choice of flowers: the Admiral’s Room had been decorated with a nautical theme, and a lady’s boudoir was adorned with delicate porcelain pink roses and ranunculus, complementing the flowers on a teaset displayed in the room. Marcia McLuckie, former marketing manager of the hall, decorated the Traveller’s Room, cleverly using the theme of plant hunters and discoverers, displaying plants and flowers from around the world.

Come and see the Hall in its summer glory, take a walk through the grounds and end up with tea and cakes on the lawn. And don’t forget the craft fair.

The Flower Festival is on from Saturday 17 June till Wednesday 21 June, 11am till 5pm.