Lupine at Quail Hollow Ranch, CA USA
White and ample flower
pollen-flowers posted a photo
Crocus - the first flowers of spring 2008
The Cheshire area of Nafas have created a gold medal winning display inside the Floral Design Marquee. It's inspired by Mondrian and Andy Goldsworthy. Pam Orton, one of the designers, explained "We decided to call our exhibit Sculpture Park in celebration of the Cheshire Year of the Garden and the Cheshire Artists' Network's - Art in the Garden. After we had decided on a title we were able to look further for our inspiration." Further sources of inspiration come from Mond rian and Andy Goldsworthy. The result is a lively, vibrant arrangement. Also in the marquee The Welsh College of horticulture have certainly caused a stir! A stunning, floor to ceiling wall of flowers and coloured wire fills their display, a beautiful kaleidoscopic ball completes the exhibit, which is proving a great talking point for visitors.
Pyracantha berries in Ben Lomond, CA USA
Filming the 10th anniversary show at Tatton Park has been a real treat for the team. Huge crowds turned up for the filming of our closing piece to camera featuring Joe Swift, Carol Klein and Rachel de Thame. It only took 18 takes for our esteemed talent to trip the light fantastic up Chris Beardsaw's garden and sample some '10th anniversary Tatton' cupcakes which were given out to all children under 15 who visited the show. Remember, kids go free! 'Have a go Joe' had a go at making a 'lunkie' also known as a 'smoot'. The crowds loved his attempt at thatching. He was offered a stick in the rural crafts marquee but as he quipped, he's hopefully not going to need that for sometime yet! Joe also went all artistic as he turned his hand to willow sculpting when he made two ears for a hare. Carol was at home in the floral marquee where of course she used to be an exhibitor. She was amazed by the high standard of the plants, in fact she's convinced that this year was the highest standard she's ever seen. Her highlights were the Hampshire carnivorous plants and Southfields nursery stands both of which won gold medals. Carol was also a bit partial to the perennials in the marquee which were fabulous this year due to the weather conditions having been particularly good in helping them get to peak performance at the right time. Rachel's enjoyed a blooming good time in the BFA marquee where eight of Britain's top florists competed for the title of 'Florist of the year'. She was on the sidelines as the competitors had to complete a surprise challenge, they had to create a floral masterpiece with a random selection of blooms, bits and bobs.