Horticultural royalty backs Hospice Flower Festival

As this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show ends, closer to home a talented team of Hospice supporters is preparing for a spectacular flower festival to mark 35 years of St Michael’s Hospice.

Over the past decade, Carola Kean, Stephen Rabbitts, Jacqueline Flack and Joan Davies have staged two hugely successful festivals for the Hospice, and are now reuniting once again to stage A Floral Gallery of Transformation and Peace.

The three-day flower festival takes place at Lyde Arundel near Hereford from 13th – 15th September and has already received the backing of one of the country’s top horticultural experts.

‘I’m delighted to be part of St Michael’s Hospice 35th Anniversary by opening the 2019 Flower Festival at Lyde Arundel,’ said Monty Don, best known for presenting popular BBC series Gardeners’ World.

‘This year’s theme is Transformation and Peace and I know the Flower Festival team will do all they can to put on a truly spectacular event which will help raise much-needed funds for St Michael’s.’

More than 40 arrangers and groups from across Herefordshire and adjoining counties are supporting the event.

The festival will not only touch the heart of all its visitors, giving them the opportunity to remember loved ones, but it will also be an enjoyable event, which will include a Preview Evening and Floral Entertainment Evening.  

‘It’s not easy to show your appreciation for the support that surrounds you when you lose a loved one, but Transformation and Peace is my way of helping St Michael’s to continue supporting families for the next 35 years,’ said Carola, who is one of Herefordshire’s most loved and admired floral designers.

Stephen Rabbitts began his Hospice career in 1984, the year the Hospice opened in Bartestree and, after retiring in 2018, has continued to volunteer for St Michael’s. Transformation and Peace will combine his exceptional artistic talent with his love of the Hospice. ’I want St Michael’s to be able to continue giving the privacy and dignity people deserve,’ he said. ‘I have seen enormous growth in Hospice services and I want this festival to help St Michael’s provide all the different types of care, support and therapeutic activities that people need when affected by a terminal illness.’

For more information, visit st-michaels-hospice.org.uk or contact Paddy Nugent on 01432 852 641, or email pnugent@smhospicehereford.org

Photo: Marsha Arnold