Two floral arches were constructed at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in honour of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday. The primary arch was created by florist Shane Connolly, pictured above. And what a stunning design! I particularly loved the ‘quirky’ crown taking centre stage.
Located at the Bull Ring entrance, it was made using British flowers, foliage and plants donated by growers throughout the UK. Floristry students from several colleges assisted Shane and his team for two days before the installation and also on site.
Due to the constant to-ing and fro-ing of traffic through the gates, the floral arch had to be made at night. On Saturday, work took place using cherry-pickers from 10.30pm through the night and on Sunday, from 10.30pm to 2am.
Pictured below is Shane with some of the flower growers including Rosebie Morton, Ian Limmer from Peter Beales Roses, Polly Nicholson of Bayntun Flowers, Jane MacFarlane Duckworth from The Flower Union and Toria Britten from Flowers from the Plot.
The other contributors were Raymond Evison Clematis, Taylors Clematis, Thorncroft Clematis, Organic Blooms, The Land Gardeners, Hillier Nurseries, Common Farm Flowers, Babylon Plants, Babylon Flowers and Collison Cut Flowers.
Many congratulations to Shane, his team, the flower growers and floristry students on creating such a floral masterpiece!
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)