And I was delighted to meet up with Floral Product Developer Simon Richards when I was there this week.
He talked me through their ‘Sustainability Garden’ which was created in partnership with Sallis Chandler Landscape Designers & Gardeners and their Kenyan growers Finlays, to show the different processes they use in their sustainable flower production, including wastewater recycling.
The exhibit takes you through the various stages of production, from the mechanics of rose growing to the final display of the roses, as sold in Marks & Spencer’s stores.
Simon said: ‘As a brand, we’re incredibly proud of the provenance and quality of our flowers.
And when I was visiting Finlays in Kenya last year, I had the idea of creating an educational stand for this year’s Chelsea show…the aim being to engage with people at the show and illustrate the process that goes behind growing the Kenyan roses which we sell in the UK.’
Many congratulations to Simon and Marks & Spencer for winning a Silver Medal.
You may like to watch this ‘behind the scenes’ video about the Marks & Spencer’s stand.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)