Sunday, 21 May 2017


Chiswick House is celebrating its role in the release of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago by recreating the flower bed that forms part of the album cover.

Its gardens were a location for music films shot by the band before the record went on sale on June 1, 1967.
The album’s artwork, by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, used large cut-out photographs of famous people above a bed of hyacinths and peperomia plants, which is being redesigned in front of the Ionic Temple at Chiswick House and will be on display from today as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

Clifton Nurseries in Maida Vale supplied the flowers for the recreation and the original — when it was asked at the last minute to bring anything it had in stock. The delivery boy who brought the flowers asked if he could make a guitar shape and it made the final cut.

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