From 10th to 16th June 2019 growers, suppliers and florists will gather at London's Covent Garden Market for the annual celebration of the UK's cut flower industry during British Flowers Week. Many of the London market's traders are third or fourth generations in the floristry world and have exceptional knowledge gathered through the decades, so no wonder they're trusted with supplying about three quarters of London’s florists with the best blooms to create beautiful bouquets for royal palaces, shops, hotels, offices, parties, homes, and weddings. The Flower Market is open to the public for free each morning of the event from 8.30am to 10am.
Other celebrations for British Flowers Week will be held at the Garden Museum* which will be hosting the best of Britain's emerging florist talent. Using flowers from the Flower Market, upcoming floral artists like Ruth Davis from All for Love, Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth from Worm, Graeme Corbett from Bloom + Burn, Rowan Lewis of Rowan Blossom, and Carly Rogers of Carly Rogers Flowers will be encapsulating their personal memories in specially crafted exclusive displays.
But it's not just happening in London. The whole of the country is being encouraged to get involved to put the best of British blooms on show. Check out what's going on nearer to you by searching for #BritishFlowersWeek on social media to see what local florists and city centres will be planning. And you can also get involved by turning your own special personal memory into a bouquet to give away or display in a window. Perhaps a new baby arrived this year, or someone got married, or did well in their exam or driving test. It's a great reason to get creative and make a beautiful bouquet bonanza of British flowers to capture the moment.
To help choose what you're going to use for your arrangement there's a very handy calendar guide to download from the BritishFlowersWeek website. It details the availability of about 100 British flowers alphabetically as well as by month, we think that it would be a great guide to have when planning a British themed seasonal garden too. In June for example the guide shows that you can expect blooms from Achillea, Aconitum (monkshood), Agapanthus, Alchemilla mollis, Alliums, Alstroemeria... and that's just the A list for this month!