Amongst all the floral loveliness that was going on around The Chelsea Flower show in London last week, I took a moment to actually do some floristry myself – as opposed to judging/gazing/sniffing. On Thursday evening I met the funny and charming Vic Brotherson, founder and owner of one of my favourite florists, Scarlet & Violet, who was in residence at Couverture & The Garbstore in Notting Hill.
During the day, at Couverture founder and owner Emily Dyson’s invitation, Vic was conducting floral masterclasses in the store, and in the early evening, patiently explained her floral philosophy to a group of rapt style journalists, who were then told to get busy amongst the flowers to create their own Scarlet & Violet style masterpiece.
It was a bit like being in an English country garden in the middle of London. It reminded me very much of home, as my mother’s floral work for weddings and such like is very much from the same philosophy as Vic’s. handy for me, because I could actually name all the flowers we were using.
Here’s Red mag’s Pip McCormac looking mighty dapper with his own creation. (Mine is in the very top picture.)
Vic had filled the store and its windows with her own arrangements:
I believe there are still some wonderful bespoke vases from London ceramicist Jacqui Roche available at Couverture. Commissioned by Emily Dyson, the vases have been created by hand in natural ceramics with accents of gold: a tribute to the gold medals that are distributed at Chelsea Flower Show.