It all began with a blog from Rona Wheeldon congratulating Shane Connolly on his invitation to produce a floral arch at the Chelsea Flower Show to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. In this blog, Shane commented on how students of floristry would be assisting with this project. On reading this, we emailed @Shane Connolly & Co to offer our services, we were already competing in the College of the Year competition and to represent Reaseheath Floristry on a second occasion at the prestigious event would be fantastic. We received an email accepting our offer of help and so the journey began.
On Friday 20th May, 2 lecturers, Fiona Davies, Helen Cooke and 4 students, Clare Street, Lee Law, Sophie Garratt and Abi Rowley travelled to Covent Garden flower market and helped condition the beautiful British flowers and foliage that were arriving throughout the day.
On Saturday 21st May, Fiona and Helen worked through the night with a team of volunteer florists and the incredible professional and caring team from Shane Connolly installing the floral arch. Watching this structure grow from a scaffold frame to a stunning arch way bedecked with fabulous British foliage, plants and flowers was incredible, a floral journey we will never forget.
The arch way was a gift to the Queen, all time and materials used were offered on a voluntary basis, a true gift of beauty and opportunity.