Abundance of flowers bloom at Chatsworth

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More than 10,000 spring blooms will transform Chatsworth House for a spectacular flower festival from Friday.

The ‘Florabundance’ spring flower festival runs until May 13 and will see rooms throughout the house decorated with blooms by The Big Allotment Challenge’s Jonathan Moseley.

The festival’s theme will be ‘flowers in art’ and will reflect Chatsworth’s art collection, which boasts of paintings and sculptures from ancient Egypt up to the present day.

A spokesman said: “The riot of colours and floral scents is spread throughout the house.

“The Sculpture Gallery will be dressed entirely with red roses, the State Drawing Room, currently hosting a wartime exhibition, will be dressed in white flowers including amaryllus and white daisies suspended from silver birch trees.

“In the Chapel, Damien Hirst’s sculpture ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ will be re-created in black anthuriums, calla lilies and blood-red amaranthus.”

Jonathan Moseley will host floral demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday and a floral workshop teaching floral design techniques on Monday.

n To book, visit www.chatsworth.org.