Joseph Massie’s ‘Rosa’ exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show

Award-winning floral artist, Joseph Massie, created a show-stopping exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show for Queen’s 90 birthday.

The installation, commissioned by the RHS for the Queen’s 90th birthday, sees a swathe of 5,000 fresh-cut roses and 1,000 preserved rose petals suspended four metres in the air to create a romantic, sensory tunnel.

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

Joseph Massie 'Rosa' Chelsea Flower Show

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Joseph Massie and Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show starts this week in London and I plan to live vicariously thru social media!! I got word that my friend, Joe Massie, has an amazing floral installation planned. His team sent me this sketch of the planned installation and the following information. I can’t wait to see photos of how it all comes together!

FLORA - artwork by Joseph Massie

Award-winning floral artist to create show-stopping exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show for Queen’s 90th birthday

Joseph Massie, five-time RHS Gold Medal Winner, has been commissioned to create a floral installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 (24-28 May) to celebrate the 90th birthday of, RHS Patron, HM the Queen.

Botanical artist, Massie, 27, from Liverpool, has created a design that will see a swathe of 5,000 fresh-cut Avalanche roses from Meijer Roses and 1,000 preserved rose petals suspended in the air to create a romantic, sensory tunnel.

Massie’s floral tunnel design, entitled Rosa, will be 20 metres long by 10 metres wide and suspended four metres above the ground.

The project marks Massie’s first return to the Chelsea Flower Show since he achieved five successive RHS Gold Medals and four Best in Show Awards between 2009-2013. Joseph was the youngest person ever to achieve this feat.

Joseph Massie, botanical artist and designer of the Rosa installation, said: “I am thrilled to be back at Chelsea – and on a much a larger scale this time around.

“It is a huge honour to be commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society to create an installation to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.

He added: “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous to know what Her Majesty’s verdict will be when she sees my installation for the first time!”

To create Rosa, Massie will use the finest preserved rose petals that will appear rise up from the ground to a floral ceiling, strung on invisible threads, from two opposing corners of the space. Petals in warm, summery pink tones will rise up on one side, contrasting with softer apricot tones opposite – in keeping with this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show logo colours.

In matching tones, full-headed, fresh-cut roses will be intertwined with the preserved petals as they rise, forming two fuller columns, which will thicken and pool out as the florals reach the ceiling of the tunnel. Chunkier rose heads will then spill out overhead and the two contrasting colours will meet in the centre, creating a truly spectacular floral display.

Massie, continued: “With my design, I am aiming to create a sensory and immersive experience by presenting fresh rose blooms in a truly romantic and captivating way.

“I really hope that the Queen, and all of this year’s visitors to Chelsea, will enjoy the exhibit.”

Five thousand flower blooms and five different types of rose varieties from Meijer Roses will be used to create Massie’s exhibit, including Sweet Avalanche, Pearl Avalanche and White Avalanche, as well as more than 1,000 preserved rose petals. 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.

Massie has recruited 25 volunteers to work alongside him, assisting with the installation over four days in the lead up to the Show. Volunteers were selected from Massie’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.

Joseph Massie has collaborated with Meijer Roses and Avalanche Roses to create the Rosa Avalanche installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

The Rosa exhibit will be beneath the Rock Bank restaurant, which connects Main Avenue and Ranalegh Way.

For more information about Joseph Massie, visit www.josephmassie.com

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, sponsored by M&G Investments, takes place from 24-28 May 2016 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The theme of this year’s Show will champion the health and wellbeing benefits of greening-up our grey spaces. For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk

UPDATE! FOLLOW ALONG ON INSTAGRAM AS JOSEPH WORKS ON THE INSTALLATION!!!

Fleur Friday

David Austin Garden Display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Happy Fleur Friday Flower Friends!
Well, here’s the last glimpse from my epic England trip ~ a parting shot of David Austin’s Display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I sure hope you enjoyed all the photos from England!
It was a great trip, albeit I could have used another day or two to run around and visit more shops. Isn’t that always the way? Could always use another day or two…
I am really happy with what an amazing trip it was and thankful for all the fantastic experiences.

As for next week – we are back to “normal programming” here on Flirty Fleurs! Fabulous Florist Interviews, Wedding Wednesday, the Q&A Series returns on Thursday and maybe, just maybe a book giveaway coming up .. be sure to check in for details.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend and all of you with weddings – hope your events go smoothly!

Ohhh… one more thing before I sign off for the weekend — for those of you in Oregon or Washington! Florabundance will be in Portland next week and hosting a Flower Happy Hour. Francoise Weeks & I are planning on attending, hope to see you there! Here are the details:

florabundance in portland

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The Gardens

Today is our last visit with RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I had planned to do a post about The Gardens on display, but realized I actually had very few photos of the gardens. The amount of people at Chelsea is staggering, really! It was hard to get a shot of the gardens, as you’ll see below. Sorry! Be sure to check out Flowerona’s blog if you want to see more Garden photos. What you will notice is that I have a good amount of photos of studios and greenhouses, I guess my true interests shined through – I’m in the process of designing a design studio on my property. I definitely felt inspired by the studios and greenhouses I saw at Chelsea..
So here goes, the last of what I saw at Chelsea..

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Garden Gate and yellow garden roses

This was at the entrance, the real thing – Garden Gate with garden roses to greet guests!

A few of the gardens:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Purple landscaping

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Garden filled with purple, white and green flowers/foliages.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

How gorgeous is this table? This was a fun, industrial and green garden.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Red Garden

My favorite garden was the red, wine and burgundy flower garden.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lovely mixed flower garden.

Oh, and earlier I mentioned the crowds – here is one shot to give you an idea of what the aisles were like:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The crowds at Chelsea blew me away. I knew it would be crowded, but it was even more crowded than I expected. I highly recommend getting there when the gates open!

Garden Studios:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - garden studio

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Art Studio, Garden Studio

Here it is – my dream studio! Just needs to be a bit bigger. Love the clean & modern style.

A few of the pretty greenhouses, I really want a pretty little greenhouse on my property.. :
RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

Loved this shade garden to the side of the greenhouse.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

Visiting Chelsea really was fun. I highly recommend going if you love flowers and gardens – very inspiring!
PS – I’m really not complaining about the crowds, I was just fascinated by them! Great to know so many people are interested in flowers and gardens.

Next week I will share photos from my visit to David Austin Roses, Chelsea In Bloom, New Covent Garden & Neill Strain’s Passion for Peonies.

Wishing you all a fantastic, flower filled weekend!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Focus on the Flowers!

Today we take a close up look at all the flowers on display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The displays were just breathtaking and you’ll see in these photos that I was clearly drawn to the Allium and Clematis displays!!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Display

Allium Display with Amaryllis in the background

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium & Amaryllis Display

Allium & Amaryllis Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Garden

Variety of Alliums

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Orange Allium

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Siculum Nectaroscordum

Allium Siculum Nectaroscordum

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Amaryllis

Amaryllis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Amaryllis

Amaryllis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Auricula

Auricula

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Begonias

Begonias

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Chandos Beauty' Garden Rose

‘Chandos Beauty’ Garden Rose

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses

RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

David Austin ‘William and Catherine’ Rose

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Delphinium and Begonias

Delphinium and Begonias

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Foxgloves and Poppies

Foxgloves & Poppies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Gloriosa, Allium and Bleeding Heart

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Heuchera

Heuchera

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Heucheras

Heucheras

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Hostas

Hostas

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Hyacinth

Hyacinth

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Hollyhock Hyacinth

“Hollyhock” Hyacinth

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Iris

Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Iris

Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Secret Rites' Iris

‘Secret Rites’ Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Iris

Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Irises

Irises

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Irises

Irises

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lavender

Lavender

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lilies

Lilies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lilies

Lilies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lupines

Lupines

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lupines

Lupines

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lupines

Lupines

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - McBean's Orchids

Orchids by McBean’s

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - McBean's Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids by McBean’s

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lady Slipper orchids by McBean's

McBean’s Orchids

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Queen of Sweden (Austiger) David Austin Garden Rose

Queen of Sweden (Austiger) Garden Rose by David Austin

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Roses on a Garden Gate

Garden Roses

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Sarracenia

Sarracenia

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Streptocarpus & Begonias

Streptocarpus & Begonies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Streptocarpus & Begonias

Streptocarpus & Begonias

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Kaen' Clematis

‘Kaen’ Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Taylor's Clematis

Taylor’s Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Taylor's Clematis

Taylor’s Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Innocent Blush' Clematis

‘Innocent Blush’ Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Maria Sklodowska Curie' Clematis

‘Maria Sklodowska Curie’ Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The Floral Designs

Today I’ll be sharing the various floral designs I saw at RHS Chelsea. The dresses that I shared yesterday were by far the biggest design draw at the show. — Oh, by the way if you want to see more dresses pop on over to Flowerona’s Blog here. Rona has a great blog post up showing the entries for RHS Young Florist of the Year which took place before I arrived at the show. —
There were other designs and competitions happening throughout the show. Here’s one of the main competition halls, quite a bit of variety in the designs ~

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

Other Floral Displays seen at Chelsea:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Marks & Spencer Display

Fleur Friday

If you’ve noticed a theme in the blog posts this week (they’ve all been tied to England) it’s because I’m in England this week.
Today is the big day – the day I attend Chelsea Flower Show!
I’ve wanted to attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the past 15 years and this year the stars aligned and here I am.

I will be posting on the blog about my London adventures after I return home and sort through numerous photographs. For now you can follow along via Instagram:
http://instagram.com/flirtyfleurs

So for now, here is a glimpse of Chelsea Flower Show from the past….

allium display

PS – if you have any suggestions for other flower oriented things I should see, please do leave a comment. I will be in London for a few more days.