Roses & Raiment - a festival of flowers and sacred vestments, the first flower festival to have been held in St George's Cathedral for nine years, has been a wonderful success. The Cathedral was awash with colour, provided by historic vestments and fresh flowers. The scent of roses, stocks, carnations, and freesias filled the air.
The McCusker family attended the Gala Preview on Thursday 6 September and Mrs Tonya McCusker declared the festival open.
Informative seminars, held in Burt Memorial Hall, were hosted by Liz Davenport OAM, Designer and Business Woman (The Importance of colour), Wayne Stubbs (The context of flowers in the world as it is today), Paul Green-Armytage DArch PhD MDIA (Consider the lilies: what can we learn from flowers?), and Graeme Napier MA MPhil (Oxon) (Colouring the year: liturgical colour, its development and variety).
The festival came to a close last night with Festal Evensong, Procession, and Champagne Reception, attended by over two hundred people. The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy, Assistant Bishop of Perth, presided and the address was provided by Monsignor Michael Keating, Dean of St Mary's Cathedral. Matthew Lunn (Let's Talk Gardening, Curtin FM & Horticultural Media Association WA) and Carol Rutter (The Rose Society of Western Australia) read lessons from Isaiah and the Gospel according to Matthew, respectively.
More than a thousand people visited the Cathedral over the three days. They have been inspired by the building and delighted by the displays. They have taken time to enjoy a cup of tea, bought homemade goods, and visited the Cathedral shop. The visitors have travelled from a wide geographical area and have been very generous in their appreciation of what the festival has provided.
We are happy to share some early photographs. Watch this space...there are lots more to come!
Photographer: Emily Wilson.