This talk will take place both in person at the Museum, and be livestreamed to watch online.
British Flowers Week celebrates the beauty and variety of British flowers, showcasing them in five site-specific installations by five of the UK’s leading floral designers.
Join us to listen to a conversation between these five talented florists as they explain the inspirations behind their work, as well as discussing what might have changed in the flower industry over the past year, and how the nation’s revived solace in nature has renewed the future of floristry.
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Cyrill Tronchet studied the applied arts before going into floristry in Le Mans, France, where he is from, and being drawn into the world of Floral Design. He was finalist in 2012 of “La Coupe de France des Fleuristes’ - The French Cup of Florists after which he moved to London.
Being based in London’s vibrant East End means there is an energetic and artistic community right on his doorstep, one that constantly provides him with new inspiration.
That inspiration has allowed him to diverge from the usual traditional arrangements for events or occasions and move into arenas where Floral design is not usually seen.
Cyrill Tronchet’s work had a strong sculptural feel, He is inventive and resourceful in how he realises his designs. A common thread running through his work is the contract between the ephemeral floral material and the texture and shape of the structure that hold them.
Hazel Gardiner is a London based floral designer, educator and broadcaster. After surviving a rare cancer diagnosis in 2007, she left a career in television production to launch a successful fashion brand. In 2016, wanting to explore her instinct for gardening, she re-trained in floristry. Hazel Gardiner Design was founded shortly after, quickly establishing a unique narrative using fresh, silk and dried materials. This distinction combined with sustainable design methods has led to work with UK and International clients including Nike, Liberty, Elemis and Matches. The company provides designs for intimate events, large-scale installation, campaigns, editorials and a select number of weddings. Hazel’s unique floral storytelling has seen her profiled in LivingEtc, Daily Telegraph, House Beautiful and International Traveller. She most recently featured on BBC One’s, The One Show discussing navigating her business during the pandemic.
JamJar Flowers is a floral design studio based in South London, with a hand selected Edit of botanically inspired homewares and gift ideas.
We work in a Dickensian Yard in Kennington where we have two studios in which we create floral designs for events, weddings and creative projects. We love nothing more than to tell stories with flowers and we approach each and every job with fresh ideas and precise attention.
We are endlessly inspired by the changing seasons, and dedicated to selecting seasonal flowers, focussing on composition, colour and form.
Our signature style was first inspired by the Sussex garden and woods that surrounded Melissa’s childhood home - the simple charm of local wild flowers, picked and arranged in jam jars and displayed on the kitchen table. From these uncomplicated beginnings JamJar has diversified into something of a high wire florist culminating in the design and creation of the London Gate for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019. See more of our projects here.
In 2017 we launched JamJar Edit, our online shop specialising in flower pressing and botanical gifts.
JamJar was established in 2009 by Melissa Richardson, who previously founded and ran the successful London modelling agency Take Two for almost three decades. Melissa now works hand-in-hand with fellow Director and co-conspirator Amy Fielding, along with Head Florist Talena Rolfe and Studio Manager Ella Bandtock. Creative support comes from a host of talented freelance florists, artists and model makers.
Simon J Lycett Ltd has created several Royal wedding decorations, most recentlyfor the wedding reception of HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Simonis regularly on TV and has presented the BBC2 documentary ‘The World’ Biggest Flower Market’. Simon is also a frequent guest at the BBC Radio London. Simon spent the first part of 2021 in Los Angeles filming his second seriesof‘Full Bloom’,a floral design competition for HBO Max with Simon as serving as Host Judge. Simonalsoruns floral Masterclasses. Simon is passionate about British floristry and seasonal flowers and devotes much of his time to raising the profile of British Floristry. Simon has recently published his seventh book.
I travel throughout the country and internationally with my hand picked team of highly skilled makers providing thoughtful, beautiful and exciting flowers and botanical sets for parties, events, select weddings and other interesting projects and commissions. My team and I transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary using flowers, greenery, trees, structure and light; creating impact using scale as well as focussing on the small details which make a design unique. We strive to push boundaries with our designs whilst always remembering to be kind to the land which so inspires us