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Wilde times at Middlethorpe Hall Floraganza

PUBLISHED: 00:06 19 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:45 20 February 2013

Dorothy Fowler, Patricia Taylor

Dorothy Fowler, Patricia Taylor

Celebrity florist Carl Wilde entertained readers with a show of fabulous flower arrangements during a Floraganza at Middlethorpe Hall, York.

At least 50 guests braved snow storms to attend the event which included a three course meal. Middlethorpe Hall, a Historic House Hotel gifted to the National Trust last year, is a William and Mary country house of mellow red brick with limestone dressings. It was built in 1699 for Thomas Barlow, a master cutler from Sheffield. It was bought in the 1980s and reopened as a luxury hotel, restaurant and spa in 1984, rescued from decay and restored by Historic House Hotels. In September 2008 Middlethorpe Hall and the other two Historic House Hotels became the inalienable property of the National Trust by donation, with all profits benefiting the houses and the charity. The 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland which surround Middlethorpe Hall are also the result of a transformation - from a rose bed and nettles to a parterre that now includes a fragrant rose garden, intriguing walled garden and romantic meadow which leads to a lake surrounded by beautiful specimen trees. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY BULMER

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