June 13, 2013

Images from Rona Wheeldon in conversation with Shane Connolly on Tuesday evening

What a truly amazing evening it was on Tuesday…!

I thought I’d share some images with you, which have kindly been provided by Heal’s.

As part of their customer events programme, I interviewed floral designer Shane Connolly at the Heal’s flagship store in Tottenham Court Road in London.

And here we are below in conversation…


On arrival, there was prosecco and delicious savoury and sweet canapes in the Heal’s Quarter Cafe, which everyone enjoyed whilst they mingled…









For the interview, we all made our way to the Julian Chichester area.

I asked Shane how he first became interested in horticulture, how his floristry career has developed and who has inspired him.

We also touched on the beautiful floral designs, which he created for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  And where he got the inspiration for the trees, which lined the aisle in Westminster Abbey.

I’ll shortly be featuring an interview with Shane on Flowerona, where you’ll be able to find out his replies.



There were goody bags for everyone, plus a posy of these beautifully scented British sweet peas for them to take home.

And lots of the attendees bought a copy of Shane’s latest book, ‘A Year in Flowers‘, which he signed.


As Flowerona, it was the very first time that I’ve done an interview in front of a live audience.

And I have to admit that at the beginning, I was a little bit nervous.  I only realised I was when I picked up my glass of water and my hand was trembling!

But after five minutes or so, I felt completely relaxed and really enjoyed the evening.

It was such a pleasure and privilege to interview Shane. I could have chatted all night…

Thank you so much to everyone who attended.  Many thanks for the wonderful atmosphere and all the thought-provoking questions.  Plus all the fabulous comments on Twitter and Facebook.

It was lovely to see Ingrid Henningsson and the Floral Angels, meet Antonella Corby, Douglas and Kate from Kensington Flowers, Belinda Campopiano from Chez Fleur and Saima Ishaq from The Cut Flower Project.

Thank you very much also to Sarah, Nicola, Chloe, Victoria and Horatio at Heal’s.

I can’t wait until the next time I get the opportunity to interview someone live, especially if they have a shared passion for flowers…

(Images : Heal’s)

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