Thank you so much for all your lovely comments over the last couple of days about my RHS Chelsea Flower Show photos, which I’ve featured on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! I’d like to share with you some images of Gucci‘s Fresh Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle. The garden is based on a design called ‘Flora’, which appears on Gucci scarves, as shown below. Sarah was assisted with the cut flower element of the garden by florists Athena and Mairead from Rebel Rebel.
The story behind Flora is:
Princess Grace of Monaco visited the Gucci store in Milan with Prince Ranier in 1966. Having bought a bag, Rodolfo Gucci insisted that she selected a gift. When she finally relented to his request, she asked for a scarf. Rodolfo was distressed. He felt that Gucci lacked one special enough for his distinguished guest. He immediately contacted the renowned illustrator Vittorio Accornero, to design the most beautiful floral scarf he could create. The next day, Accornero returned with his painting. It was ‘Flora’, a multi-coloured flowered template.
The flowers included in the garden include tulips, roses, ranunculus, cornflowers, poppies, irises, peonies, alstroemeria, anemones and lilies.
Many congratulations to Sarah and Rebel Rebel for being awarded a Silver-Gilt medal and to the contractor, Anemone Landscapes!
P.S. Thank you very much to the lovely gentleman on Press Day who kindly gave me permission to actually step on to the garden and take lots of close-up photos.
Here’s a photo of the two very talented florists themselves, Mairead Curtin (left) and Athena Duncan (right) who I bumped into at the show on Wednesday morning.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)