Moorcroft At RHS Chelsea 2017Posted on - 22nd May 2017
Without fail, the Chelsea Flower Show heralds the start of the summer season amidst a blaze of glorious colour and exceptional exhibits.
This year, Moorcroft exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, one of the most famous gardening shows in the world. Truly, RHS Chelsea is a celebration of floral design, in all its wonderful forms. New plants are launched at the show and the popularity of older varieties revived before the eyes of the horticultural world. It’s the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week - we noted some exhibitors had taken this quite literally this year!
Below, Chelsea Pensioners with Lest We Forget
On trend, this year at Chelsea, is the Moorcroft Delphinium vase, which appeared in a Homes & Antiques editorial this month - a towering giant of the interior scene! Like the gardens, the Moorcroft stand was awash with pink and purple perennials with the stands morphing into a cottage style stone wall at their base. Huge Congratulations to Kim Thompson and her team for dressing Moorcroft Stand SW18 with such consideration to the gardens around them. With delight, we are pleased to announce that Moorcroft has received a 4-star award for her RHS Chelsea Stand. Blooming Marvellous! Find out dates, times and ticket prices at RHS Chelsea 2017, and see Moorcroft designs displayed at their very best, together with unique offers to celebrate the occasion.
Below, Moorcroft's coveted 4 Star RHS Award - unheard of for first-time attendees!
Of course, Moorcroft are still a licensed RHS supplier for a very special project - a collection inspired by the botanical drawings from the famous RHS Lindley Library (the largest and most comprehensive gardening library in the world). This collection coincided with the release of a book depicting these rare and beautiful illustrations of forty captivating roses and exploring the history of the rose.
View the Moorcroft RHS Rose Collection
Aptly named The Rose by Brent Elliott, the designers were swept away by the sheer beauty of illustrations from the likes of Mary Lawrence’s (1794–1830) Selection of Roses From Nature, which was one of the first books solely dedicated to roses and one single copy of which can reach £120,000 on the secondary market, and Pierre Joseph Redoute, who painted most of the roses from Empress Josephine’s garden at Malmaison from 1817 to 1824. Bred for thousands of years for their fragrant perfume as well as an intoxicating spectrum of colours, the legacy of the rose is endless. Now roses have become a part of Moorcroft’s RHS design history too, with each piece in the RHS Rose Collection helping to raise funds for the charity. Moorcroft will offer a collection of the RHS designs for sale at the Chelsea Flower show 2017.
Dame Judi Dench holds a 'David Austin' Apricot Rose named after her.
There is a rose whose name is like no other. When Niel, a battle-weary French general was returning from the scene of a great victory in a war between France and Austria, he received from a peasant who wished to honour the hero, a basket of beautiful golden yellow roses. Fortuitously, one of the stems happened to have its roots clinging to it, and so the general took it to a florist in Paris for cultivation. Niel then took the plant as a gift to the Empress Eugenie. She expressed her gratitude for the exquisite nameless flower by naming it ‘Marechal Niel’ and at the very same moment she bestowed upon the astonished general the jeweled baton that elevated him to the high office of marshal of France. Marechal Niel by Kerry Goodwin exudes all the romanticism found in this name.
The importance of roses cannot be ignored. Symbolising a vast multitude of emotions from love, sympathy and sorrow, roses work as metaphors in poems and silent words in art and film. Bred for thousands of years to create a wide variety of growing habits and fragrant perfume as well as an intoxicating spectrum of colours, their legacy is endless and so too, The Moorcroft RHS Rose Collection.
Reported by Catherine Gage