Visitors came from far and wide to see the wonderful flower displays in St Barnabas’ Church and they were full of praise.
The strong scent in the church porch from flowers in imaginative displays was just the beginning. Inside there were 20 flower arrangements, from the font just inside the door right up to the altar.
On the opening evening, an enthusiastic audience was treated to lovely singing from the choir of Swanmore College and a jazz quartet from the Perrins School, Alresford.
Katie Martin of BBC Radio Solent officially opened the festival and people enjoyed champagne and canapes.
Throughout the week more people came to see everything on offer – including a flower arranging demonstration and our photography competition – and while examining the floral displays, some would have heard the organ being played.
The tours of Hill Place – the fascinating house featured in Channel 4’s Country House Rescue – were a real treat, enhanced by tea in the large garden while listening to the jazz band from Swanmore College.
The last day started with a church service and concluded at Hill Place with dancing and singing by Swanmore’s Greenery Nursery and primary schools, plus the Perrins School jazz quartet.
Stalls, games, a raffle and of course teas and delicious home-made cakes rounded it off.
The Rev Claire Towns, vicar of Swanmore, said she was delighted to see so many happy visitors. Any proceeds will help St Barnabas’ fund projects planned to increase community involvement.
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