A fanfare of colourful tulips and a beautiful floral crown welcomes visitors in celebration of a historic coronation day. However, a hand picked selection of Gordon Castle flowers travelled to London to be part of the floral display in West Minster Abbey.
Gordon Castle Walled Garden is a member of Flowers from the Farm which is proud to be working with Shane Connolly, the floral designer and sustainable floristry advocate, to bring seasonal, sustainable, UK-grown flowers to the heart of Westminster Abbey, a gift from Flowers from the Farm to His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their coronation.
As Flowers from the Farm’s Honorary President, Gill says:
“It feels as though flower farming has come of age and I could not be prouder of Flowers from the Farm. A decade ago, we were told that our flowers were just for bunting and jam jars, so to see them in Westminster Abbey designed by Shane Connolly, an internationally acclaimed floral designer, is a very special moment. It is incredible to think that the flowers that were just a few days previously growing in my Yorkshire field are now on display to the world in a building of national importance on such a momentous occasion.”
Members teamed up to relay buckets of fresh flowers to local hubs. Gordon Castle’s flowers began their journey south at Aviemore where Zara Gordon Lennox met other contributors. The flower relay ended at the Gloucestershire flower farm of co- chairs Jo Wright and Wendy Paul where they were sorted and prepared for Shane Connolly to arrange in West Minster Abbey.
After the service at the Abbey the flowers will be distributed by the charity Flower Angels to hospices, care homes, vulnerable members of the community and shelters.
Meanwhile we can all appreciate the wealth of colour emerging each day in The Walled Garden – no need to travel to London or Amsterdam, just to Gordon Castle at Fochabers! All are welcome.