You may remember that I featured an interview with Clive earlier this month.
The reason for the photo shoot was to capture images of Daphne’s beautiful indoor garden which had been created especially to celebrate this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
(Today’s blog post starts with three of the images which Clive took at the shoot…and I shot the other photos.)
Earlier this year, Daphne’s restaurant set a competition exclusively for graduates of The English Gardening School.
Past students were offered the opportunity to design an interior garden installation for the two weeks surrounding the Chelsea show, combining inspirational planting with Daphne’s Italian rustic warmth.
I loved the clematis plants and the idea of using an artificial lawn on the restaurant floor, which you can see in the image below.
I was also drawn to their special Flower Show Menu which sounds delicious! It includes :
- Tardivo & spinach salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, violets & pansies
- Roast salmon with violet artichokes & datterini
- Elderflower & prosecco jelly with raspberries
Here are some more images of Clive in action…
He made it look all so straightforward, but having taken up photography only recently, I know it definitely isn’t!
There are so many factors to consider including which lens to use for a particular shot, light, logistics and continuity…to name a few. And then there’s the processing afterwards, which Clive did in lightning speed time.
That afternoon, he sent over the images to the restaurant and the next day, they were seen on the Laura Ashley blog, which I also write for.
So, if you’d like to experience dining in an indoor garden, why not visit Daphne’s? Especially if you’re visiting the nearby RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
However, unlike the show, the indoor garden will be open a little bit longer. You can enjoy dining surrounded by lemon trees, clematis and pelargoniums until June 3rd.
P.S. The restaurant is also taking part in the Chelsea Fringe.
(Images : First three images by Clive Nichols. All other images by Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)