And I thought it would be useful to summarise all the key facts about this iconic bouquet which I discovered whilst I was there.
All 4,800 Victory Bouquets, which will be given out at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, consist of the following British-grown components :
- 3 x Illios roses (yellow)
- 3 x Marie Claire roses (orange)
- 3 x Wimbledon roses (green)
- 3 x Aqua roses (pink)
Herbs & Wheat
- 10 x rosemary
- 10 x apple mint
- 10 x wheat
- 60 x lavender
They are arranged in the following pattern:
The International Olympic Committee set out the following criteria for the bouquet design:
- A size of 20cm x 25cm
- British grown flowers
- Strong visual impact with vibrant colours
- Needs to be fragrant
- Reflect the energy of London 2012
- Hardy varieties that will withstand varying temperatures and handling by non–experts.
- The bouquet is designed to reflect the Olympics logo, with four separate quadrants echoing the four digits of 2012 in the logo design.
- The bouquet shape is pointed, not domed, so that the flowers can be seen when the medal winners hold the bouquets up.
- There should be well-defined lines of herbs and wheat.
- When wrapping the ribbon around the bouquet, two ‘London 2012’ logos should be visible.
I hope you’ve found the blog post useful and interesting.
Later today, I’ll be featuring an interview with Gary Wallis, Co-Founder & CEO of Jane Packer Ltd to find out about the process from initial tender to being awarded the contract to make the Victory Bouquets.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)