Images above: Fuller’s dray horses – photograph Joanna Raikes; Hampton Estate Fuggle hops – photograph Frank Noon
Chiswick Flower Market is celebrating its first birthday on Sunday 5 September.
The Fuller’s dray horses will be clip clopping up the High Rd to be there at 11.00 am. The beautiful Suffolk Punches are always a great draw, especially for children. They were there to open the first market last year, courtesy of Asahi, owners of the Griffin brewery.
Also returning are Hampton Estate from Farnham in Surrey, with their ‘Fuggle’ hops. The long strings of fragrant vines make fabulous decorations, and were hugely popular at the first market in September 2020.
Image above: Hampton Estate hops; photograph Frank Noon
Since then Chiswick Flower Market has managed to hold six more markets, despite getting off the ground during the pandemic. It offers cut flowers, bedding plants, bulbs, houseplants, dried flowers, bouquets and arrangements as well as mushroom growing kits and pots.
The market has attracted thousands of visitors, curious to try out the first new exclusively flower and plant market to be opened in London for 150 years. It has also established a good mix of quality stall holders, including several traders from the Columbia Rd market and several award winning growers who supply retailers from their own nurseries. The market is now held on the first Sunday of every month.
Images above: Fire eater and stilt walker
The September market will be the biggest one yet, with more than 30 stalls. There will be a stilt-walker and fire-eater entertaining market goers, and the Thames House orchestra will be wheeling their piano into Old Market Place and strumming their banjo for two tap dancing sets. HiDay will be performing a jazz set too.
New to the market are florist Rebecca Gay @FlorieFloral and James Burridge.
Rebecca is a former fashion designer who began planting English country garden flowers and creating small posies to share with friends and family. She combines her seasonal cut flowers with wild plants foraged from hedgerows to make pretty hand tied bunches and wreathes.
Image above: Chiswick Flower Market September 2020; photograph Frank Noon
James Burridge is market trader royalty. His family have sold flowers at the famous Columbia Rd market in London’s East End for generations. He joins his uncle Steve Burridge and fellow Columbia Rd trader Vicky from London House Plants, who have been part of the Chiswick Flower Market from the beginning, seeing the potential for creating a Columbia Rd of west London.
Other regular stallholders at the Chiswick market include Finest Plants, who will be bringing a range of shrubs, home-grown in Hertfordshire, to the September market, and Andrew Barker, a west London specialist in providing high quality & bespoke hanging baskets and planted arrangements.
Images above: Caley Brothers Mushrooms; London Terrariums workshop
The Caley Brothers will be there with their mushrooms and mushroom growing kits. They will be holding a workshop on mushroom growing in the Boston Room of George IV at 10.00.
Tickets available here: Caley Brothers Mushroom Growing Workshop
London Terrariums will also be at the market and will also be holding a workshop on how to make a Tinyjohn terrarium. This workshop is sold out.
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