The Weald & Downland Living Museum host Flower Power weekend

(C) The Weald & Downland Living Museum 2024

Flower Power is taking over the Weald and Downland open-air museum this weekend.

This immersive event celebrates the history of plants and explores their role in our homes and lives.

The agenda includes sharing traditional soap-making secrets and a herbal remedy walk, which will allow visitors of all ages to discover how flowers and herbs can be transformed into remedies.

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Event highlights include:

·       Traditional Soap Making: Step back in time at Tindall’s Cottage to learn about Tudor England's approach to cleanliness, where Sally Pointer will reveal the secrets of traditional soap making.

·       Flax Making: Witness the intriguing and historic process of flax making, demonstrating an essential craft of the past.

·       The Art of Distillation: Join food historian Marc Meltonville for a captivating session on distilling flowers and herbs, a delicate art that has been around for centuries.

·       The Importance of Bees: In collaboration with the Chichester Beekeepers Association, explore the crucial role of bees in nature and our gardens at Cowfold Barn.

·       Floral Craftsmanship: Try your hand at making a simple floral buttonhole with Tony Lucas from Flowers on the Farm and admire his amazing floral displays in the orientation gallery. 

·       Perfume Making from Rose Petals: From distillation to the final scent, learn how to craft perfume from rose petals with Clinical Aromatherapist Laura Hoy. 

·       Gardening with Edible Plants: Stuart Overden, author of ‘The Flowerpot Forager’, will demonstrate how to grow edible plants in garden containers.

·       Learn about the British Flower Rock Campaign: Hear from Ben Cross of Crosslands Flower Nursery about his campaign to promote British flowers and the environmental impact of imported blooms.

·       Herbal Remedies: Join a herbal walk and discover how flowers and herbs can be transformed into remedies and infusions with herbalist Emma Baynes.

·       Gardens Team Talks and Exhibition: Meet and chat to our Gardens Team during timed talks and explore the ‘Historic Gardens: The Power of Plants’ exhibition in the Longport Galley.

·       Floral themed poetry: Local poetry group Words Out Loud will be giving poetry performances on a floral theme throughout the day.

·       Crafts and Midsummer Celebration: Have a go at making seed bombs, lavender bags and planting sunflowers, and revel in the Midsummer festivities at Bayleaf Farmstead.



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