CHATSWORTH is set to burst into spring with a spectacular floral festival.

The stately home will be transformed inside and out for its spectacular floral festival, as more than 25,000 tulips and other spring flowers are used in traditional and modern displays to decorate the opulent rooms in the house.

Spring Florabundance will also feature 16,000 top quality, top size tulip bulbs donated by the bulb specialist de Jager and planted in the garden in 2009 to come into flower for the festival.

Visitors looking closely will also notice an installation of several hundred ceramic flowers set in flower borders for just three weeks from April 24 to May 16 to coincide with the festival.

Floralia is the work of ceramic artist Paul Cummins. Each tulip head is thrown on a potters’ wheel and hand-carved, and many are inspired by the tulips in the famous Dutch flower paintings that hang at Chatsworth.

The richly coloured, lustrous, tin-based Maiolica glaze is painted by hand to create each unique flower head.

Chatsworth’s Simon Seligman said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the freshness of spring brought into the magnificent rooms of the house. “As ever, the scale of displays at Chatsworth, masterminded by noted floral arranger Jonathan Moseley, and our own garden team, has to be immense to balance with the stunning interiors and this will be achieved wonderfully through the use of cutting edge floral design and striking flowers such as Parrot Tulips and tall tulips standing up to one metre in height.”

Chatsworth’s collection of Victorian terracotta pots will be given a new lease of life as they host colourful spring bulbs displayed around old boxes, trugs and original artefacts from the potting sheds and glasshouses.

Inside the house, inspirational floral designs will tell the story of the tulip from its Turkish origins through to the present day. Visitors can see the Dining Room dressed with magnificent tulips in an array of breathtaking colours fit for the wealthy Dutch bulb merchants of 17th century Holland.

The traditional Dutch flower paintings displayed at Chatsworth will be recreated and brought to life as 3d floral arrangements shown within frames in the Painted Hall.

The Sculpture Gallery will be a stunning sight with breathtaking displays of floral sculpture combining flowers with structures made from hazel, willow and bamboo.

In the garden, the de Jager Tulip Festival will focus on the beds around the famous maze, and de Jager staff will be present throughout the week to give visitors advice and information on selection, planting and care as a well as giving out a handy pocket guide.

Chatsworth will also host a series of demonstrations led by leading floral designer Jonathan Moseley in the beautiful 19th century theatre at Chatsworth.

House, garden, farmyard and adventure playground, restaurants and gift shops are open every day from 14 March to 23 December 2010. The park is open every day during daylight hours.

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