Flower magic at en­chanted cas­tle

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Leeds Cas­tle has been trans­formed into an en­chanted cas­tle as thou­sands of blooms have de­scended on the his­toric build­ing and its grounds.

The an­nual Leeds Cas­tle Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers has the theme of En­chanted Cas­tle this year, com­plete with a mys­te­ri­ous mag­i­cal flo­ral world cre­ated by in­ter­na­tional award-win­ning de­sign­ers, plus hours of ded­i­ca­tion from the cas­tle’s floristry team.

The fifth con­sec­u­tive year of the fes­ti­val, which was of­fi­cially opened by gar­den de­signer and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Joe Swift, will give vis­i­tors the chance to fol­low path­ways to se­cret rooms filled with flo­ral de­signs, in­spired by fairy tales.

The first ever flower fes­ti­val at the cas­tle was held in 1901, as the cas­tle’s last pri­vate owner, Lady Olive Bail­lie, was well known for her elab­o­rate flo­ral dis­plays at so­ci­ety house par­ties.

This year the fes­ti­val has grown to in­clude out­side, mak­ing the most of the grounds. Leeds Cas­tle’s head florist Louise Roots said: “Once we de­cided on the En­chanted Cas­tle theme, it opened up so many op­por­tu­ni­ties and was per­fect for the set­ting.

“It is so ap­pro­pri­ate and al­lows our de­sign­ers such scope to be cre­ative. The loveli­est cas­tle in the world is go­ing to look breath­tak­ing.”

The Leeds Cas­tle Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers runs un­til Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28. For more de­tails visit leeds-cas­tle. com Fes­ti­val of Flow­ers at Leeds Cas­tle

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