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The Chelsea Flower Show is finally back with an in-person event starting next month (Monday 23 May) and the team behind the main entrance display have shared a sneak peak of the design ahead of the show.
The Bullring Gate forms the main entrance to the Chelsea Flower Show and always features an impressive display. This year, award-winning florist Lucy Vail took to the challenge of designing it in collaboration with British fine jeweller Annoushka Ducas MBE.
The pair's installation for 2022 will honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year with its design and the floral archway will combine over 2,500 plants grown in Britain, including on Lucy Veil's own family farm.
The design duo have shared a sketch of the planned installation which reveals an artist's impression of the final installation and the stunning centrepieces of the creation - three crowns:
The crowns clearly pay tribute to the Queen and will be sculpted from wicker, based off the signature crown-shaped rings of Annoushka's jewellery collection.
In a release, the jeweller said the installation at Chelsea was her "dream project" and described it as a "huge tribute to the Queen on such a momentous occasion."
Florist Lucy said she was "beyond thrilled" to be working on the project and collaborating with Annoushka, adding that the pair are, "the perfect fit; two luxury British brands championing bold colours and the importance of circular production in our respective industries."
For the September 2021 event last year, JamJar Flowers created a stunning display called “The Nature of Thyme” with the help of gardener journalist Daisy Garnett. The display covered the Bull Ring Gate Entrance as well as the Southern Plot and the Roundabout in front of the gates.
The installation was inspired by the migratory birds and native pollinators of the Thyme Estate in Gloucestershire, which supported the project, and aimed to highlight their vital significance to the ecosystem.
Founder of JamJar Flowers, Melissa Richardson, told Good Housekeeping that, “seeing the abundance of wild flowers and insects in this ancient place and watching the migratory birds arriving to spend their summers there was really inspiring.”
She said that she decided to tell a story, “about the importance of preserving our wild space for posterity but also for the very survival of the planet."
Melissa added that, "since [World War II] there has been a rapid decline in numbers of pollinating insects because of loss of habitat (flowering meadows) and changes in land use."
JamJar Flowers has shared sketches of its designs ahead of the displays being installed. The main gate was to be filled with bug hotels and brightly coloured planters while the Southern Plot was a wildflower meadow covering 20 square feet.
The roundabout included models of birds and bugs flying within the likes of verbena bonariensis, cosmos, helichrysum, rhodanthe daisies and much more.
The installations were full of carefully planned details, and Melissa highlighted some of the elements visitors should keep a particular eye out for.
“We are working with Leila Watts who is making the beautiful insects and reed warbler sculptures which you will have to get quite close to admire,” she said. “There will be a floristry element too, using dried flowers which we have gathered from various local growers and dried in the studio to decorate the two outer gateposts.”
Once the event was finished, JamJar Flowers planned to donate the plants from the display to Slade Gardens where they can be replanted.
To sum up the Chelsea Flower Show installation, Melissa said she hoped visitors would, “find it beautiful and be inspired to think a little more carefully about how we can protect our native flora and fauna….We need to take care of what we have.”
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