Devised by the McQueens Flower School team, ‘Honey I’m Home’ is McQueens Flowers second installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. And above is Flower School Principal, Sophie Powell.
Under her and her team’s guidance, show visitors are invited to create a bee for their installation in the Artisan Studio area, as I did. Using Craspedia globosa, foliage and mini wooden slices, make your bee and then insert it into their hive-like stand.
As the show unfolds throughout the week, the installation will evolve, from being an empty structure to a bee-filled hive. And McQueens are hoping that it will feature 2,000 #McQueensBees by the end of the week. Meanwhile, hung above the area are two honeycombs filled with swarming bees.
The McQueens design team have created a beautiful bouquet featuring bee-friendly flowers. It’s called Apis Mellifera (Latin for honey bee) to pay tribute to the honey bee. Flowers include fragrant stocks, English lilac and vibrant solidago. And they’ll be donating £5 from the sale of each bouquet to their charity partners, the British Beekeeping Association.
Similar to their ‘Per Oculus Apum’ installation at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, McQueens Flowers aim is to educate show visitors about the crucial role that bees play in producing a third of the food we eat. And the importance of nurturing the bee population.
So, if you’re going to the show, do make a ‘bee-line’ to the Artisan Retreat area and make your 3D bee with the McQueens Flower School team!
(Images: Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)