High Tea in Wonderland

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The last cake has been served and the last crumbs hoovered up. It’s been top secret, but now we can tell. Yes, we hosted a Manchester International Festival Event in the herbarium: High Tea in Wonderland. The lovely MIF staff transformed our little workspace into a world of quirk and wonder.
Before: Corridor with green boxes. An open box on the bench shows pressed plant specimens inside, in species folders

After: Queen of Hearts Garden Party, with playing card bunting. White crystallised rose petals to be painted red by the guests!
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Before: plain green boxes

After: decorated with brown paper trees and leaves from old books, in the ‘Eat Me’ room

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Before: European vascular plant collection

After: 1,000 paper mushrooms, camo netting and birch fragrance

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Before: Volunteer Priscilla hard at work on a side bench

After: The same bench, piled high with MIF stuff

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Before: volunteer Paddy, remounting specimens on herbarium sheets

After: granny tat, bunting and pompoms

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Before: plain green boxes

After: Chef Mary-Ellen Mc Tague serving rabbit pie (no boxes because of the blow torch)

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We had some lovely reviews:

manchester evening news

creative tourist

Did you go down the rabbit hole? What was your favourite bit?

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