Floral art marks summer of celebrations

Model Natasha Andriotis wearing a dress by Sara Collinge, with model Ish Lawrence wearing a creation by Melanie Garbutt, pictured at the Great Yorkshire Showground. (GL 0404)
Model Natasha Andriotis wearing a dress by Sara Collinge, with model Ish Lawrence wearing a creation by Melanie Garbutt, pictured at the Great Yorkshire Showground. (GL 0404)

A GOWN made entirely from flowers and a leotard decorated with red, white and blue blooms have been created for Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Sara Collinge’s ballgown was designed to capture the elegance of the coronation era, using orchids, roses, skeleton leaves and diamantes, with a purple theme to reflect the Queen’s coronation crown.

The decorated leotard was created by Melanie Garbutt, from Passion Flower Florists in Pontefract. A regular winner at Harrogate Flower Shows, Melanie was named Florist of the Year at Chelsea in 2010. She said she took her inspiration from the elegance of British gymnasts and the build-up to the London Olympics, her design uses astrantia, calla lilies, muscari, orchids and bear grass.

The two pieces were created to mark the start of construction to Britain’s biggest floral art marquee, ready for the show which runs from Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29.

The marquee will host the largest flower arranging and floristry display of its kind in the UK, with more than 160 works of art and large displays prepared by clubs and colleges across the country.

Show director Martin Fish said: “Flowers have played a major role in celebrating and commemorating our great public events and family occasions and this will be the biggest display of its kind. For more informaiton, visit www.flowershow.org.uk or call 01423 546157.