The blooms and much of the foliage for the show will come from Carrick Hill's own gardens and will be arranged by Carrick Hill's four floral design teams, who are known as The Petals, under the guidance of Caroline Wotton from The Flower Room.
The blooms are designed by four floral design teams known as "The Petals
Caroline is also the florist for Alfred James, who are sponsoring the display. The Carrick Hill Petal teams are normally rostered to gather flowers and foliage from the garden to decorate the house.
Previous floral events at Carrick Hill have proved very popular with this year's focus bringing Christmas to the forefront with a stunning array of floral and festive displays and decorations.
Additionally, the display will open in the evening on Thursday 30 November where visitors can experience the house opened up and lit both inside and out. That evening the displays will be accompanied by a performance by the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the café will remain open for dinner.
The display will open in the evening with a performance by the Adelaide Youth Orchestra
The beautiful Carrick Hill estate was the result of a marriage, in 1935, of members of two of Adelaide's most prominent families. Edward (Bill) Hayward was a son of the wealthy merchant family that for more than 100 years owned John Martin's Ltd, once Adelaide's greatest department store. Ursula Barr Smith, his wife was a daughter of an even wealthier family of Scottish descent whose involvement in mining and pastoral activities was vital to the development of South Australia.
Carrick Hill estate was the result of a marriage of two of Adelaide's most prominent families
The land on which Carrick Hill was built on was a wedding present to the couple by Ursula's father. During their year-long honeymoon in England they acquired much of the seventeenth and eighteenth-century panelling, fireplaces, doors, windows and a grand staircase from the demolition sale of Beaudesert, a Tudor mansion in Staffordshire owned by the Marquess of Anglesey.
Today, Carrick Hill remains as an important example of the lifestyle of two wealthy and cultured Australians of the mid-twentieth century. Set on a hillside overlooking Adelaide it remains a romantic and dramatic place evoking the memories of its creators.
Carrick Hill was just one of the Haywards' four homes. They also spent time at their country property at Delamere, breeding Poll Hereford cattle and polo ponies; a beach house at Port Willunga; and a townhouse in Mayfair, London, conveniently located close to the art and antique dealers they used.
Carrick Hill was bequeathed to the state on Sir Edward's death in 1983.