Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala 2013 – My Floral Design

This is my last blog post about the Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala and I’m featuring the floral design which I created for the event.

It was the first time that I’d made an arrangement on this scale on my own. And also the first time that I’d taken part in or seen a flower gala in a cathedral.

With the red colour theme which I was allocated, I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to create a natural feel to the design…reminiscent of an English country garden.

Here’s a close-up…

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And here’s a step-by-step of how I created it…

The Flower Gala started on Thursday 6th June, with a Preview Evening on the Wednesday.

On the Monday afternoon of that week, I went to the cathedral to start preparing my mechanics (containers and floral foam).

I’d bought two 1.2m metal window boxes at C. Best at New Covent Garden Flower Market.

Into each of them I placed a double layer of cellophane and soaked foam.

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Some of the flowers had already arrived, including my peonies.

So I conditioned them by taking off most of their leaves and cutting the stems…thereby helping the blooms start to open up.

On the Tuesday morning, I began to make the arrangement by placing molucella (Bells of Ireland) and hard ruscus into the floral foam.

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Next, I added pistache, alchemilla mollis (Lady’s mantle), green bell and bupleurum.

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Then I added the flowers, starting with ‘Red Naomi’ roses, ‘Red Charm’ peonies and gladioli.

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This was followed by astrantia, bouvardia and achillea. As a finishing touch, I covered the floral foam in flat moss.

I was so pleased with how the arrangement turned out.  It was completely as I had visualised it would look.

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Here are some images of the final design…

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Many thanks to Paula Pryke (the floral designer for the Flower Gala), Caroline Simcox (the Events’ Director), Carrie Tinsley (Event’s Co-ordinator) and Chris Wolfe (Southeast Flowers) for all their help.

I have many fond memories of the event, from making the design and the Preview Evening with the Countess of Wessex, to the demonstrations by Robbie Honey, Shane Connolly and Paula.

If your local cathedral is putting on a similar event, do make sure you visit…I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time and come away feeling completely inspired!

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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2 Responses to Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala 2013 – My Floral Design

  1. Clarissa says:

    I went to the flower gala at Guildford and it was totally awesome….your pictures are brilliant…

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