Flower Power at The Charterhouse, London
The Charterhouse, the seven-acre historic site in Clerkenwell housing a 400-year-old almshouse, is hosting Flower Power, an online festival celebrating all the ways flowers, gardens and gardening bring happiness, solace and are good for physical and mental health. Over two days, 18th and 19th September, a wonderful and inspiring programme of talks, tours and demonstrations will explore a passion for flowers and highlight the impact of the pandemic, both on the Charterhouse charity – and the British flower industry.
Inspired by the pleasure the Charterhouse gardens have given to the Brothers, the older men and women who live in the almshouse and who have been in lockdown since March, Flower Power includes talks by renowned florist Shane Connolly, urban landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (who designed Charterhouse Square), Ash Edwards of Horatio’s Garden, and Ellen Mary (Ellen Mary Gardening) and Nicola Bird (The Floral Project) who both focus on the wellbeing flowers can bring.
All the festival presenters are contributing free of charge to support the Charterhouse which has been closed to the public for six months, in order to protect its vulnerable residents, and is facing a dramatic loss in income to its charity. It is still uncertain when the Charterhouse may be able to open again for visits, tours, and private venue hire – so it has been hosting a variety of virtual events to attract support and donations. Places for each Flower Power event can be booked with a donation.
Thanks to our friends Leigh Chappell (Leigh Chappell Flowers) and Sarah Whiting (Nettlewood Flowers) for their help curating this festival, and to Culture Mile for the loan of their filming equipment.