Livestream: Constance Spry: Gardener and Floral Decorator, in her own words
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6:30pm – 7:30pm
In anticipation of the Garden Museum’s upcoming Constance Spry exhibition in March 2021, Guest Curator Shane Connolly will present this talk looking at Spry’s approach to gardens and flowers using her wonderful books and images of her life and creations as a starting point.
Constance Spry opened her first flower shop, Flower Decoration, in 1929. Her revolutionary approach to floristry garnered widespread interest in high society, while also democratising the form, marrying traditional flowers of choice with ‘unusual’ and uncelebrated plant material like kale and pussy willow. Her influence can still be seen in floral design trends to this day.
Throughout her long successful career, Spry also opened a floristry school, a domestic science school, published thirteen books, and arranged the flowers for numerous royal occasions including at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.