Herbal Wives Feature at Powderham Festival
28 April 2015
Put spring in your step and head to Powderham on Friday 1 for the Toby Buckland Garden Festival. Meet St Nicholas Priory Herbal Wives and watch renowned floral designer, Jonathan Moseley, bring one of RAMM’s paintings to life.
Learn about Tudor herbal remedies
St Nicholas Priory Herbal Wives, Yvonne Hicken and Elaine Harrison, will be preparing their herbal remedies in Powderham Castle’s Victorian Kitchen. Join them and learn more about the power of plants. They will be preparing infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves using a variety of plants gathered from their own physick garden and from the wild places of the former Polsloe Priory.
The renowned floral designer, Jonathan Moseley, will be recreating the arrangement in a painting from RAMM’s collection: Maria Withoos’ 1713 Still life with flowers. Maria Withoos was the daughter of the more famous Dutch still-life and landscape painter, Matthias Withoos (1627-1703). She was principally a watercolourist but also worked in oils. Jonathan works as a freelance floral designer. Based in Derbyshire, he travels throughout the country and abroad demonstrating his floral artistry.
The Toby Buckland Garden Festival at Powderham is a two-day celebration of the best in gardening with leading specialist nurseries from throughout the West Country. Held on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 May in the picturesque surroundings of Powderham Castle, it is a much-anticipated family fun event with live music, good food and a high-profile gardening speaker programme.