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‘Saints and Seasons’ flower festival

Posted on by royvickery |

All Saints Anglican church, Biddenden, Kent, holds its 2022 flower festival, entitled Saints and Seasons, from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June.  About 24 saints and seasons are represented, the seasons starting with Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the church’s porch, and the saints ranging from St Ambrose the patron saint of beekeepers to St Vincent the patron saint of wine and vineyards.

Although the festival was held over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, comparatively little attention is paid to this, but, perhaps inevitably, one arrangement, that on the pulpit, celebrates ‘Her Majesty the Queen Head of the Church of England’.

Church flower festivals often depend too heavily on  flowers bought from florists,  grown well outside the parish, so the results although often beautiful  lack any sense of place or season.  Looking at the flowers the festival could be taking place in Derbyshire in April, or Suffolk in September.  The Biddenden flower-arrangers seem have overcome this by using some florists’ flowers and even some artificial flowers, but blending these with locally grown flowers and foliage, thus producing pleasing displays which provide a sense of both place and season.

Other attractions include a plant stall, a book stall, refreshments, musical performances including morris dancing and the opportunity to climb the church’s tower.

Images:  upper:  St Dorothea, patron saint of horticulture and gardening; upper middle, St Olga, patron saint of Ukraine; lower middle, St David patron saint of Wales (incorporating artificial daffodils); lowest: ‘Her Majesty the Queen Head of the Church of England; all taken 3 June 2022.

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