FLOWERS were to fore in Felpham last weekend.
St Mary’s Church contained beautiful floral displays for hundreds of visitors to admire and 13 gardens in the village were opened by their owners on Saturday and Sunday.
Those who took the chance to admire the gardening skills had the opportunity to look around sites as far apart as Burley Road and Goodwood Avenue.
They ranged from plots divided into four zones – gravel garden, vegetable plot, raised beds and traditional allotment – to sub-tropical planting and a mature cottage garden.
The church, above, contained five displays on the theme of Our Life Through The Church chosen by the vicar, the Rev John Challis, between last Friday and Sunday.
Flower festival organiser Caroline Stimpson said: “It’s all about the role the church plays in a person’s life, from being brought in as a babe in arms to be baptised, to being christened, married and then after they have passed away.”
“The ladies of the church have arranged the flowers. You get to buy some beautiful flowers and it’s a chance to get together for a chat.
“This is about having a happy time. When you are in church for Christmas and Easter, it can be a sad time because you are remembering someone.
“But this is all about the flowers and enjoying them.”
A total of 17 women arranged the displays around the five major occasions in a person’s life – first visit, baptism, confirmation, wedding and funeral.
Blue, white and pink were the main colours used. Roses, carnations, lilies, and chrysanthemums were among the flowers. The church also hosted a popular concert led by its organist, James Rushman, with its choir.
Felpham Art Group’s members staged a display in the neighbouring St Mary’s Centre. Proceeds from the weekend will go to the church and Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.