It was created to celebrate the 90th birthday of, RHS Patron, HM the Queen, and features 5,000 fresh roses and 1,000 preserved rose petals suspended in the air to create a romantic, sensory tunnel. The preserved rose petals appear to rise up from the ground to a floral ceiling, strung on invisible threads.
One side of the exhibit features petals in warm, summery pink tones, contrasting with softer apricot tones opposite – in keeping with this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show logo colours. In matching tones, fresh roses intertwine with the preserved petals as they rise, forming two fuller columns, which thicken and pool out as the florals reach the ceiling. Chunkier rose heads spill out overhead and the contrasting colours meet in the centre.
Five thousand flower blooms and five different types of rose varieties from Meijer Roses were used to create the exhibit, including Sweet Avalanche, Pearl Avalanche and White Avalanche. The installation is 20 metres long by 10 metres wide and is suspended four metres above the ground.
The roses and preserved rose petals will dry naturally over the course of the week and will be recycled into new artworks after the show has finished. Joseph recruited 25 volunteers to assist with the installation over four days in the lead-up to the show. Volunteers were selected from Joseph’s flower school, The UK School of Floristry, and from other leading colleges around the UK, as well as students from Australia, France and Sweden.
If you’re visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, do make sure that you walk through the tunnel. It’s beneath the Rock Bank restaurant, which connects Main Avenue and Ranelagh Way.
(Images : Joseph Massie)