Next month, from August 23rd-26th, a Festival of Flowers is taking place at Southwark Cathedral in London.
The event is hosted by The Leprosy Mission, with florist Mig Kimpton as the Artistic Director. He has commissioned a series of works of contemporary floral art from over 75 top-class designers.
They include florist Zita Elze, Editor of Fusion Flowers magazine Alison Bradley, Creative Flower Director at Salisbury Cathedral Michael Bowyer, Belgium designer Baudouin Roelants and German designer Bjorn Kroner.
Brazilian-born Zita is planning an equisite exhibit for the festival entitled ‘Vignette of William Shakespeare’.
Zita said: “I want to create a scene as though Shakespeare is lying on a carpet of flowers, which will mainly be roses under an embroidered tree. From this tree, I will hang some very delicate embroidered garlands of small spray roses, alongside little buds of flowers.”
Aptly named ‘Eye of Wonder’, Mig’s design will comprise an eye-shaped aperture which festival goers will be able to ‘look through’ to view a heavenly picture of flowers leading to the altar.
Mig said: “The aperture will be decorated with 1,000 glass globes, each filled with a single gerbera of every colour imaginable.”
Creative Flower Director at Salisbury Cathedral, Michael Bowyer, has the brief of recreating the Olympic Stadium in flowers.
He said: “I plan for festival goers to actually walk through the stadium which will be formed from wild clematis vines woven onto two semi circular structures. They will be bedecked in vibrantly coloured flowers.”
To signpost visitors to the Cathedral for the festival, from now until August 26th, a life-sized living sculpture called ‘The Climber’ can be seen scaling Southwark Cathedral.
It is the work of floral designer Chris Jones, which he created using moss.
For more information about the Festival of Flowers, simply visit The Leprosy Mission’s website.
(Images : The Leprosy Mission, Zita Elze)