September is always one of the busiest months. I blame it on the Dahlias. I've yet to meet anyone that can resist them.
But this September was special and we could be forgiven for thinking it was like the old days, Y'know before last year. We had events to flowers, classes and farm days and it was utterly wonderful!
In the gardens we began our new 'Farm Days', gardening together on Mondays. It has been a complete joy to have the plots busy again, chatter, laughter, food and a lot of beds prepared for winter.
And we began a new year of the 'Grow Your Own Cut Flowers' Course in September, Cissy from Wildstems ran arranging classes in the studio and outside we held 'Dahlia Appreciation Club' where guests cut their own dahlias.
That was just at the Farm. The dahlias travelled. First there were weddings.
And then some fantastic briefs from the London Stock Exchange Group for their European Investment Forum with Judge Business School where we decorated the Ballroom at the University Arms Hotel with autumn vines, conkers, grapes and damsons and Cissy installed a fantastic hedgerow growing out of the huge Oak fireplace. All collected from within a few miles of the plots.
Delicate vines and September harvests dressed the table in an understated installation. Delegates found it ‘a delight and an enchanting talking piece’! All collected from our gardens and around the plots.
The next evening at Kings College, branches were woven with old mans beard, grapevine and dahlias. It was magical. And when Cavendish Ladies Choir sang 'money money money', it was so clever and so beautiful, we all had a little cry.
At the Fitzwilliam Museum, we were privileged to flower the first events for as long as anyone could remember for the Frieze Masters Dinner and the next week for the exhibition celebration ahead of the 'Gold of the Great Steppe' opening. It’s easy to take the institution’s we have in Cambridge for granted but not at these events.
For the Frieze Masters, Cissy weaved her magic with rich darks and hot pinks then we used gold dahlias, rudbeckias and coreopsis for the, well Gold themed dinner, in brass vessels, earthenware bowls in an archeoloigaical nod with a smatter of liquidambar (Liquid Amber geddit, gold, oh nevermind) leaves chasing down the table. It was very special.
Finally and certainly not least, my favourite house and gallery, Kettles Yard held it's first patrons dinner in a very long time, and it was so good to be back delivering flowers and arrangements to the house extension.
It was one of the best autumnal Septembers in Cambridge and a culmination of a lot of work.
We are back in November with the 'Late Autumn Grow Your Own' Class, lifting dahlias, mulching and planting tulips. Farm Days are in full stride and it's on the home run to Wreath Classes and Festive Kits. Do join us won't you?