Earlier this week, New Covent Garden Flower Market sent floral supplies to neighboring St Georges School so they could get involved with British Flowers Week this year. With beautiful British flowers from Zest Flowers and lovely vases from Lavenders of Covent Garden, the students were set the task of arranging a bunch to decorate their window and take home.
We speak with Mrs Collymore, Headteacher at St Georges School about how it went.
1. How do you feel to be supporting British Flowers Week, given that your school is so close to New Covent Garden Flower Market?
It is so wonderful to be working with New Covent Garden Market. As a neighbour, it is great when we can collaborate. Hopefully when lockdown is over, we can come over and see how the flower distribution and arranging works in practice. We definitely had some budding florists this week.
2. We know you already have a wonderful garden at St George’s school. Do you think British Flowers Week will inspire you and the children to become even more create with your displays?
We certainly saw the creative side of the children (and staff) this week. We have long term plans for the school gardens, including a huge community focus on our Happiness Garden and it would be great to think the market could become more involved in this with us, sharing their skills and creativity.
3. How did the staff and students enjoy working with beautiful fresh flowers, especially as they’re all grown in Britiain?
The smell of the flowers was absolutely divine and it was lovely to have the time to work with the flowers with all of our senses (especially touch with the thorny roses!).
4. This year’s theme for British Flowers Week is ‘healing’ and the power of flowers. How does it feel when you’re handling and smelling the flowers and does it feel calming?
Working with the flowers was certainly a calming, sensory experience for the children and staff and the beautiful window display has cheered us up all week.