The London 2012 Olympic Victory Bouquet
We thought you might all be interested to read about the lovely bouquet that has been designed to present to the medal winners at the London 2012 Games. We found it fascinating!
"It's a hard job, but someone had to do it. London florist Jane Packer got the assignment: finding, designing and producing 4,400 Victory Bouquets to be presented to the winning Olympic athletes, along with their medal.
She had a difficult remit: all of the flowers had to be grown in the UK, the packaging had to be completely recyclable, they had to be produced by local people, and all of the plants have to be reused. It's a miracle that she took it on!
The lovely, and very English bouquet, consists of four different types of roses sectioned into quadrants to mirror the 2012 logo. The roses being used are Illios (yellow), Marie Claire (orange), Wimbledon (green) and Aqua (pink). The quadrants are then separated by English lavender, rosemary, apple mint and wheat which also provide a lovely fragrance. All of the elements of the bouquet are home-grown with Landgard UK/Chessum Plants providing the roses, mint and rosemary. Long Barn in Hants are providing the lavender and Shropshire Petals, the wheat.
The 4,400 bouquets required will be made at the time of the Games with the help of floristry students from across the country. The colleges involved are Writtle College in Essex, Adult Education College Bexley in Kent and Kingston Maurward College in Dorset.
As some of you may know, Jane passed away last year. It’s totally fitting that her legacy continues in the form of these Olympic Victory Bouquets, created in her signature style of grouping individual blooms."