British Flowers Week celebrates its seventh year this coming week, Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June! A campaign run my New Covent Garden Market, it’s a week-long celebration uniting florists, flower growers, wholesalers and flower lovers, encouraging them to put Britain’s best blooms on display across the UK to show support for the country’s floral industry.
This week’s Floristry Industry Insight is focused solely on this year’s campaign. And below you’ll find details of just some of the events taking place.
Flowers from the Farm with Simon Lycett | Royal Opera House | June 10th-16th
17 Growers from Flowers from the Farm will be bringing beautiful, scented, British cut flowers back to the heart of Covent Garden in an exclusive collaboration with florist Simon Lycett and the Royal Opera House in London.
The Piazza entrance will be transformed with thousand of stems of British blooms into a spectacular, fragrant meadow of summer flowers including cornflowers, lupins, foxgloves, nigella, alchemilla mollis, sweet williams, poppies, sweet peas, larkspur, honesty and snapdragons.
Visitors to the Royal Opera House retail store will be able to buy freshly made British flower bouquets from the flower farmers at the exclusive Flowers from the Farm pop-up flower shop. And upstairs at the newly opened Piazza Terrace Bar, diners will be able to purchase British flower buttonholes and corsages.
Floristry Exhibition | Garden Museum | June 11th-16th
Five of Britain’s top florists will be exhibiting innovative floral installations at the Garden Museum using flowers from the Flower Market. With Media Partner Gardens Illustrated magazine, this year’s theme is ‘Memories’. To discover more about the florists and their planned installations, take a read of my interviews with each of them linked below:
- Graeme Corbett, Bloom + Burn
- Terri Chandler & Katie Smyth, Worm
- Carly Rogers, Carly Rogers Flowers
- Ruth Davis, All for Love London
- Rowan Lewis, Rowan Blossom
Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design | Garden Museum | June 11th
- An evening at the Garden Museum in London celebrating British Flowers Week and the launch of the book Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design. For further information and to book your ticket, visit the Garden Museum website.
Friday Late | Garden Museum | June 14th
- The Garden Museum will stay open late till 8pm for an evening viewing of the designs created by the florists featured above, plus two vibrant artist-gardener exhibitions, Ivon Hitchens: The Painter in the Woods and George Rowlett: Paintings of Sarah Price’s Garden. For further information and to book your ticket, visit the Garden Museum website.
For details of many more events taking place next week, please visit the British Flowers Week website.
You can follow the week and its various British flowers-related activities by checking the hashtag #BritishFlowersWeek across social media platforms. And don’t forget to add the hashtag to your own images too!
P.S. Here’s a link to photos of the installations created by the florists last year at the Garden Museum, in case you’d like to take a look.