Today, we’re turning the floral spotlight on two more florists taking part in this year’s British Flowers Week … Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth from Worm.
1. Why are you excited to be involved in creating a British Flowers Week installation at The Garden Museum?
We recently did a job at the Garden Museum and totally fell in love with it. The space feels special and has such a good energy. This is the most exciting time of year for us as florists, seeing wild and wonderfully home grown flowers that make everything look that bit more unique. The scents and the shapes of British flowers add a new level of excitement to our days in summer, so we were delighted to be asked to participate.
2. Why do you feel that British Flowers Week is important?
It’s important for so many reasons. There are so many amazing British growers that grow the most beautiful array of flowers all spring and summer that we all as florists should be supporting. From having small gardens ourselves, we know the amount of work and love that goes into getting them from small shoots to gorgeous blooms. With the upcoming political forecast, we may also have to rely a lot more on British growers, so hopefully we will see a lot more popping up.
3. Please could you share with us some details about your installation?
It is based around the garden … the kind of gardens we played in in our childhood near the sea, rock-gardens with wild grasses and wayward stems. We are big advocates of drying flowers, so we will be including some that we have dried from last summer. We are staying away from any floral foam or single use plastics to make it as sustainable as possible. The main colour scheme is quite pastel based and washy. But we also want to have the freedom to pick up the most beautiful things we see at the market and from the growers that week, so we are not restricting ourselves too much.
4. The theme this year is Memories. Please could you tell us what your memories are and how they’re reflected in your installation?
We both grew up in culturally Catholic homes in Ireland and our earliest memories of flowers were picking them from the garden to make May altars as children. It was always so exciting making little vases and giving them as offerings. Going through our grandparents and parents’ gardens, running through the sheets drying on the line and picking whatever we wanted from the small rock gardens and flowerbeds. This is the sense we want to re-create, the sense of youth and beauty and using flowers as offerings to nature or whomever or whatever you feel deserves them. There will be a small interactive aspect to it so that people feel they added something to our display.
Thank you so much Terri and Katie. We can’t wait to see your installation next week!
In the meantime, if you’d like to discover more about their floral design studio, simply pop over to the Worm website. And do take a look at their Instagram account too and in particular, check out all the Highlights in their Instagram Stories.
P.S. Just in case you missed it, here’s a link to our interview with one of the other florists taking part in this year’s British Flowers Week, Graeme Corbett from Bloom + Burn.