Monday, July 16, 2012

Jane Packer’s Victory Bouquet for medal winners at the London Olympics 2012


The bouquet was designed by their creative director, Susan Lapworth, to reflect the vibrancy and energy of the London 2012 Games.

It consists of four different types of roses sectioned into quadrants to mirror the 2012 logo. The roses being used are Illios (yellow), Marie Claire (orange), Wimbledon (green) and Aqua (pink).

The quadrants are then separated by English lavender, rosemary, apple mint and wheat which also provide a lovely fragrance.

All of the elements of the bouquet are home-grown with Landgard UK/Chessum Plants providing the roses, mint and rosemary.
Long Barn in Hants are providing the lavender and Shropshire Petals, the wheat.

Details have been released about the Olympic flowers when 4,400 floral bouquets will be presented to athletes along with medals during the Victory Ceremonies.

The bouquet was one of the last to be designed by Jane Packer the world renowned UK florist who sadly died late last year. Since then they have been the responsibility of her husband Gary Wallis and Susan Lapworth.

During a Victory Ceremony the athletes who came first, second and third stand on a podium, with the winner in the middle. Their names are called out and the medals and flowers are given to them by an official and as the flags of the athletes’ countries are raised, the national anthem of the gold medalist’s nation is played.

The bouquet features British grown flowers and herbs to represents the vibrancy of the Games. Each of the four sections holds a different variety of the rose, an iconic British flower , which in turn are divided with traditional herbs – mint, rosemary, English lavender and wheat – to provide an unusually eclectic fragrant mix.

Jane Packer established herself at the end of the 80’s by offering an alternative view to the use of flowers which was less formal and far more accessible than the style at the time. She championed the view that flowers were as fun as fashion and that they can lift the mood of any interior setting ... a philosophy that led Jane to become world renowned until her untimely death last year.

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