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Watch JamJar Flowers teach how to press flowers to celebrate their new exhibition at Thyme

Watch JamJar Flowers teach how to press flowers to celebrate their new exhibition at Thyme

Helen Cathcart

The glorious Cotswold hotel Thyme was founded with an ethos of caring for and celebrating the land, an ethos expressed through its beautiful gardens, botanically inspired decoration, and seasonal cooking based around locally grown (often home-grown) produce. This summer Thyme is staging its first exhibition in the estate’s restored Tithe Barn – a celebration of the country meadow in pressed flowers by Brixton-based JamJar Flowers. In time for the launch of the exhibition on June 15, the JamJar team have created a charming tutorial on how to press flowers especially for House & Garden.

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It was a shared love of wild spaces, native flora and fauna that brought together Caryn Hibbert, Creative Director and Founder of Thyme, and Melissa Richardson and Amy Fielding, Co-Directors of JamJar Flowers. Pressing flowers has long been part of JamJar’s aesthetic, and this exhibition will present large-scale works that push the boundaries of the form beyond its usual delicate incarnations. The Boutique at Thyme, curated by Milly Hibbert, will also be hosting JamJar Edit – JamJar’s delightful collection of gifts and homewares – for the summer.

The water meadows at Thyme

Around the exhibition will also be a series of activities such as guided meadow walks, conservation talks, soap-making, flower pressing, botanical painting, and flower arranging. Our own garden editor Clare Foster will be chairing a talk on June 23 with conservation charity PlantLife and Rachel de Thame (book tickets here). Complemented by botanically-themed dishes and drinks in the Ox Barn restaurant, it all sounds like the most delightful summer day out.

At home in Brixton with the founder of JamJar Flowers

JamJar Flowers are also designing a Thyme-inspired display for the Chelsea Flower Show this September. “The Nature of Thyme” will be shown at the Bullring Gate, inspired by the migratory birds who cross continents to summer in the water meadows at Thyme, along with the insects that make up the rest of that vibrant ecosystem.

JamJar Flowers x Thyme will be on view in The Tithe Barn, Thyme, from June 15 to September 12, 10am – 5pm. You can book a timed slot at thyme.co.uk.

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Published at Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:43:24 +0000