A FLORIST from Leamington will certainly look the part when she heads for the Chelsea Flower Show later this month.
Sarah Horne, three-time Chelsea Gold medallist and former Chelsea Florist of the Year, will wear a striking garden print dress by celebrated British fashion designer Edina Ronay when she travels to this year’s prestigious flower show as
co-creator of an exhibit inspired by Royal Leamington Spa.
Sarah, of Sarah Horne Flowers, has joined forces with award-winning garden designer Debbie Cooke, of Creative Garden Design, both based in Leamington, to create an exhibit that celebrates the town’s rich association with floral displays.
Sarah will be wearing the vintage-style tea dress having worked with Edina Ronay last year when she took inspiration from the designer’s rose lace dresses for one of her vintage china trio arrangements.
Sarah said: “I am a huge admirer of Edina Ronay and in particular her floral designs so it is a real thrill to be wearing one of her garden print dresses at the show.
“After achieving Chelsea Florist of the Year in 2011, I decided to look for a fresh challenge at Chelsea Flower Show and my dream to work on a large exhibit in the Great Pavilion has come true by combining my floristry skills with the garden design expertise of Debbie.”
The exhibit will celebrate Leamington’s on-going association with beautiful gardens and capture the essence of the spa town with its smart Regency exterior and creative, cultural and theatrical interior.
It will have planting to reflect the different areas of Leamington with corresponding floral pods, each encapsulating varying styles. It will also contain a large water element to reflect the river, lake and fountains associated with the town.
The exhibit will début at the Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from May 20 to 24, before being brought back to Leamington where it will be given a permanent home in the town’s Pump Room Gardens which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
BID Leamington, the not-for-profit business led partnership that is managing the town’s Chelsea project, hopes the garden will create a lasting legacy with aims for it to spark a revival of a historic flower festival dating back to the 1950s.
The garden design can be viewed at www.bloomingleamington.com.