A very appropriate talk for the first day of spring – Wednesday 20th March: English Florists’ tulips! These are not any old flowers!
West Deeping Heritage Group is honoured to have as its speaker this month, Teresa Clements, of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society.
Between 1750 and 1850, few towns of note in the north of England were without a tulip society. Today only the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society remains, one of the oldest florists’ societies in Britain,
A ‘florist’ was the name given to a gentleman who grew flowers for pleasure and for the entertainment of his guests. Traditional florists’ flowers included hyacinths, auriculas, pinks and ranunculus as well as tulips. Seldom available for sale, with many named varieties now extinct, they are known for their remarkable ‘flames’ and ‘feathers,’ caused by infection with a virus, often by aphids.
7 p.m. for refreshments before the talk starts at 7.30 p.m.
at the Village Hall King Street, West Deeping.
All welcome: £2.50 at the door (includes refreshments)