Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending a gathering at the McQueens Flower School to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. And what a wonderful evening it was!
Set up in 1998, the school has attracted students from all over the world. It was founded to provide an opportunity to teach the McQueens’ philosophy…the principles of seasonality, style, simplicity and skill.
Innovation and creativity remain at the heart of everything at the school, not only at their London base, but also internationally as in the last five years its tutors have taught and lectured in Australia, Dubai, China, Japan, America and Italy.
I’m thrilled to share with you images of the beautiful installations celebrating British Flowers Week 2018. Organised by New Covent Garden Market, the week is marked by six specially commissioned floral designs from some of the country’s most eminent florists. And you can see them in person as the designs are on display to the public at the newly-restored Garden Museum in London until Sunday.
Just back from a week in Portugal and so looking forward to British Flowers Week, which begins today!
Started by the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market in 2013, it’s a week long celebration of the wealth and variety of British cut flowers and foliage. To mark the occasion and new for this year, six florists will be creating floral designs to go on display to the public at the newly refurbished Garden Museum in London. And special guest judges will choose a winning design to be announced later this week.
The six florists, chosen from a hotly contested competition are:
Taking inspiration from British heritage markets including the original Floral Hall at Covent Garden Piazza and Borough Market, the design by Sallis Chandler featured more British flowers and plants than ever before. Homegrown stocks, hydrangeas and tulips were on display as cut flowers, together with Phalaenopsis orchid plants.