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!!!

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A visit to New Covent Garden, London

New Covent Garden Market, London - Entrance

Entrance to New Covent Garden Market

First thing I do on my visit to London – go to New Covent Garden Market, of course! Paula Pryke had suggested we meet first thing on Thursday morning at the market, check out what flowers are currently available in London and perhaps run into some other floral designers for a quick chat. I sure had fun visiting the market with Paula! We chatted with Stephen Wicks and Mark Welford of Bloomsbury Flowers, oh they are funny! Plus, met Tony from By Appointment Only Design – we’ve featured them previously on Flirty Fleurs, was cool to say hello in person.
Also, got to see some very pretty flowers — lots of hydrangeas, peonies, garden roses, lupines and alliums-

New Covent Garden Market, London - Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

New Covent Garden Market, London - Paula Pryke and Lupines

Paula Pryke + Lupines

New Covent Garden Market, London - Blue Bachelor Buttons

Blue Bachelor Buttons

New Covent Garden Market, London - Cucuma Flowers

Cucuma Flowers

New Covent Garden Market, London - Sweet peas

Sweet Peas

New Covent Garden Market, London - Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

New Covent Garden Market, London - Supplies Department

The supply department is amazing, so many different vessels — and lots, and lots of garden urns! How I’d love to go shopping here and ship home all kinds of goodies!!
Should you like to visit New Covent Garden Market sometime it is very easy to access – just take the underground to Vauxhall, then walk down the street to the market.

Chelsea In Bloom

Just outside of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gates is Chelsea & Sloane Square shopping area where they happened to be hosting Chelsea In Bloom. “Now in its ninth year, Chelsea in Bloom, produced in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), will transform the streets of Chelsea from the 19th to 24th of May with breathtaking floral displays.
The annual competition has grown dramatically each year with Chelsea’s best retailers adorning their shop fronts with creative designs to compete for the coveted awards.” from Chelsea In Bloom.
I enjoyed walking through the neighborhood in search of the various floral displays. Not surprisingly my favorite display was from Wild At Heart & Kate Spade, which took first place in judging.

Chelsea In Bloom -

Chelsea In Bloom - Kate Spade

Chelsea In Bloom - Kate Spade

Chelsea In Bloom - Kate Spade

Chelsea In Bloom - Kate Spade

Chelsea In Bloom - Moyses Stevens Flower Shop, London

Chelsea In Bloom - Moyses Stevens - Flower Dress

Moyses Stevens

Chelsea In Bloom - American Flag

The American Flag – if you look at the bottom you can see me taking a picture with my iPhone and there is some guy looking right over my shoulder! No idea who he is, kinda spooked me when I saw this photo .. 🙂 yes, sir, I’m an American and want a picture of my flower flag!

Chelsea In Bloom - The British Flag made of flowers

The British Flag

Chelsea In Bloom - cute rain boots with flowers

Chelsea In Bloom - fun flower dress

Chelsea In Bloom - flowers outlining a windowsill

Chelsea In Bloom -

Chelsea In Bloom

Chelsea In Bloom - wall of plants

Chelsea In Bloom - wall of plants

Chelsea In Bloom - wall of plants

Chelsea In Bloom - Peony Display

Chelsea In Bloom - tables with flowers

A Passion for Peonies by Neill Strain

While in London I had the pleasure of accompanying Paula Pryke to her visit with Neill Strain. Neill has the most lovely shop in the Belgravia neighborhood of London ~ highly recommend visiting if you are ever in the neighborhood. (It’s just a few blocks away from Harrod’s).

Paula Pryke and Neill Strain in front of his shop in London

Neill Strain & Paula Pryke

Neill was hosting a special flower show at his shop called ‘Passion for Peonies’ as part of Chelsea Fringe. The Peonies he had on display were absolutely breathtaking ~ take a look:

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies Display

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies Display

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies Display

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Bartzella Peonies

Bartzella

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Bowl of Cream Peonies

Bowl of Cream

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Charlie White Peonies

Charlie White

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Commander of Performance Peonies

Commander of Performance

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Cytherea Peonies

Cytherea

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Delaware Chief Peonies

Delaware Chief Peony

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Diana Parks Peony

Diana Parks

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Etched Salmon

Etched Salmon

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Garden Treasure

Garden Treasure

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Lemon Chiffon

Lemon Chiffon

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mackinac Grand

Mackinac Grand

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mary Jo Legare

Mary Jo Legare

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mme. Claude Tain Peonies

Mme. Claude Tain

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Moonrise Peonies

Moonrise

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Moonrise Peonies

Moonrise

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mother's Dream Peonies

Mother’s Dream

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Pink Dinner Plate Peony

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Red Grace Peonies

Red Grace

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Salmon Dream Peonies

Salmon Dream

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - White Cap Peonies

White Cap

You can read more about the inspiration for Passion for Peonies and see more pictures on Neill’s blog.

Another two shots from my visit to Neill’s Shop – the entrance is always changing and the Flower Bar is always full of a lovely selection of flowers:
Entrance to Neill Strain's Flower Shop

Neill Strain's Flower Shop in London

The Flower Bar – a selection of flowers are always on display here

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

I love London!

If you’ve followed this blog for the past 4 years or know me at all, you know that I love London! It’s such a fabulous city! I love that I can get around town via the Underground and it is absolutely filled with wonderful things to see for flower lovers.
Ohhh… and was this past visit filled to the brim with flower goodness!
Today I’ll give you a re-cap of what I did and saw and the following days this week I will post more in depth looks at each event.
First, I arrived into Heathrow and caught the express train into Paddington Station. First thing I see – flower stand:

Paddington Train Station in London w/ floral display

Then I was off to the next train station to meet up with my friend, Emma, who I stayed with and again I see more flowers:

Flowers at a London Train Station

Thursday morning I was up bright and early and off to the New Covent Flower Market to meet up with the one and only Paula Pryke! Love her! We perused the flower market, chatting with other flower designers and admiring the gorgeous flowers available. We had a nice time at the market and then we caught a cab over to Neill Strain’s phenomenal shop in Belgravia. Neill’s shop is so beautiful and I just love going there for a visit.
Here’s Paula & Neill in front of his shop:

Paula Pryke & Neill Strain in front of Neill's flower shop in London

Paula Pryke & Neill Strain

Neill had a special flower show as part of Chelsea Fringe happening at his shop called Passion for Peonies. He had peonies that I’ve never seen before, so many incredible varieties.

Passion for Peonies at Neill Strain's Flower shop in London.

Passion for Peonies at Neill Strain’s Flower shop

Neill, Paula and I enjoyed a fantastic brunch and chatted about the floral scene in London. They told me about visiting Chelsea In Bloom. Then Neill says – let me see if anyone has an extra ticket to Chelsea for today. (I had one ticket for Chelsea for Friday. If you ever go to Chelsea make sure to buy your tickets well in advance as they do sell out!). After our fun visit Neill drove me over to Chelsea In Bloom and told me he’d text when he finds a ticket. Chelsea In Bloom takes place at various shops around Sloane Square (the neighborhood just outside the Chelsea Flower Show). Sure was fun hunting for the shops that were participating and watching passerby’s reactions. About 90 minutes later I receive a text from Neill – he has a ticket! I was so excited, all of a sudden I was going to Chelsea a day early!!

Entrance to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

In the coming days I will be posting quite a few photos from Chelsea .. as soon as I sort through all of them!

I only spent a few hours there on Thursday as I knew I’d be there all day on Friday. After leaving the show I walked around Chelsea, Sloane Square and Pimlico Road. Wandered upon Nikki Tibbles’ Wild At Heart Shop:

Wild at Heart on Pimlico Road, London

Wild at Heart

And saw this gorgeous floral design sitting in the shop:
Flower Arrangement by Wild At Heart in London

Then I was off for more walking, wandered up through Belgravia neighborhood and ended up by Buckingham Palace. Then caught the underground back to Emma’s flat.

Friday morning came and I was off for a full day at Chelsea Flower Show! Yes, I really spent all day there and I think I saw everything. Hopefully I saw everything! Plus, I got to visit with Rona of Flowerona Blog. So great to see Rona and catch up, plus she knows all about Chelsea and could fill me in on details. Emma and her friend, Wendy, joined for the evening hours and we were the last of the group that left when the gates closed at 8pm. Off for a walk through the neighborhoods and a great dinner.
Hold tight .. you’ll be seeing plenty of Chelsea photos this week!

Saturday came and we decided to go for a drive into the north, towards Birmingham we drove. That idea turned out to be brilliant. Joe Massie was in Birmingham working on a floral installation.
Check out this piece he designed:
Joseph Massie Floral Dress 2014

Joe, Emma and I enjoyed a long visit over dinner in the small town of Wolverhampton. Good times and felt I had to pinch myself to believe I was there sitting with my friends at a random pub in Northern England.

Joseph Massie and Alicia Schwede, England 2014

Joe always makes me laugh

I can hardly believe where Emma and I ended up on Sunday. David Austin Roses. Yes, that David Austin! Located just outside Wolverhampton are the David Austin Rose Gardens. We perused the gardens, and more gardens. We had tea (cappuccino for me) and crumpets in their tea room. We studied the plants for sale. Finally selected an amazing yellow Graham Thomas Garden Rose for Emma’s garden.

Gift Shop at David Austin Roses

The entrance to the gift shop and the rose gardens at David Austin.

Talk about a perfect day, a perfect weekend and a perfect week!

Sunday evening we drove back to London. I quite enjoyed driving thru the countryside, the weather was perfect and the rolling green hills so beautiful.

Monday rolled around and we decided to take an easy day after 4 days of running around. The biggest outing was to visit Peggy Porschen’s cake shop in Belgravia. Peggy’s cakes are glorious to look at and just as good to eat!
Peggy Porschen Cakes

Tuesday came way too quickly and it was time to return home. Crazy how quickly a week can go by, of course two days are lost to the traveling to and from Seattle to London.

Oh, one more thing I saw while out strolling around London – sides of buildings covered in plants. I thought these were just spectacular!

The side of a building in London covered in plants

The side of a building in London covered in plants