Photo: hagner james
As we think about flower decorations for the holidays, it is interesting to think about the lavish scale of floral art in homes of the landed gentry during the Victorian period in England.
Head gardeners in country estates grew thousands of flowering plants in heated glass houses. There was a flower room where the arrangements were constructed.Charcoal kept the water sweet, flowers were inserted into wet sand and moss camouflaged underlying supports.
Using Flowers From Corsages To Dinner Decor
The floral decor was elaborate and flowers were ubiquitous to the Victorian elite’s daily life. Small posies of violets and primroses were made for every breakfast tray, buttonholes for men of the house, flowers for the drawing room, sitting room, hall and lunch table were made early in the morning. The dining table for dinner was wreathed in ivy and roses with silver bowls containing centerpieces of exotic blooms grown under glass. Corsages of gardenias, Stephanotes and roses were taken to the ladies by their personal maids who then dressed them for dinner. If there was a special ball, literally tons of flowers and foliage were used to drape stairways and ballrooms. No occasion was celebrated without the adornment of flowers.