Flowers By Lucy shows a touch of Olympic class

Kilkenny florist Flowers By Lucy has shown its Olympic pedigree, laying down an early marker for the Chelsea Flower Show with an innovative new design project.

Kilkenny florist Flowers By Lucy has shown its Olympic pedigree, laying down an early marker for the Chelsea Flower Show with an innovative new design project.

The theme for the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show qualifying heat was to design and create a table centre for the gala dinner for the UK olympic team. As usual, weeks of hard work and burning the midnight oil have gone into Flowers by Lucy’s interpretation of the theme.

It was a fascinating and interesting schedule with the buzz of the olympics so much in vogue.

Before ever thinking of flower material, the work on the construction of the table design interpreting the olympic torch high above the seated olympic participants was a major task. Welders, saws, and cement were integral factors to achieving balance and space within the design.

The head of the torch was constructed of bamboo sliced and moulded into the semi-sphere protecting the actual flame. The main feature of the design was the actual “flame” - interpreted with compact use of strelitza (birds of paradise).

The olympic colours were depicted in flowers with blue vanda orchids, yellow grasspegia, red anthuriums and linked with natural coloured wool.

The base of the design was constructed of a mould of cement, which depicted the design of the olympic medal and gave balance to the complete design.

The adjudicators described the exhibit as ‘a masterpiece’. Fingers crossed...