We’re lamenting the lack of Chelsea Flower Show this week but the upside is that a few of our favourite florist’s are showing us how it’s done, virtually:
Last summer Jam Jar were commissioned to create the spectacular London Gate at the entrance to the Flower Show (left). Afterwards, they moved all the plants to a community garden in South London to feed the bees: how lovely to see them all in bloom again in this video. Watch and learn how to choose the right flowers to press, and follow a step-by-step guide with florist, Amy. The flower pressing workshops at their studio are usually highly coveted so this is a treat.
Catch florist, Nikki Tibbles at home in her orchard showing you how to pull together a beautiful Wild at Heart-style bouquet. Here she uses Sarah Bernhardt peonies, pale lemon peonies, delphinium, guelder rose, clematis, scabious and garden roses – but you could use anything you have in the garden and follow her technique of conditioning your stems, and then adding each at a right angle, twisting all the time. The dogs from her Wild at Heart foundation also make an appearance.
We like this tutorial from top florist Moyses Stevens (royal warrant HRH Prince of Wales). It’s practical for lockdown, showing you how to mix shop bought flowers with things you’ve foraged on your walk like grasses and even using a piece of trailing ivy and some newspaper to wrap the bouquet as a gift.
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Virtual Chelsea is being shown daily on the BBC – Nicki Chapman is on BBC One at 3.45pm and Monty Don and Joe Swift are on BBC Two at 8pm, you can see daily highlights here. Look out for flower-grower Sarah Raven giving a tour of her East Sussex garden on Thursday 21 May, and florist Shane Connolly demonstrating how to set an outdoor dining table with flowers from the garden, on Friday 22 May