Something rather unusual blossomed this Valentine’s Day at the Garden Museum. Did you give or receive flowers last week? You might be interested to find out more about how the globalised flower trade has attracted increasing controversy over its environmental impact, and allegations of exploitation of vulnerable workforces.
The Floriculture exhibition at my new favourite vintage-cool venue, The Garden Museum, explains each side of the debate – including the new movement for “Fair Trade in flowers”. It will also be a celebration of the domestic growers, an industry which has all but vanished but may be revived by a new generation of eco- aware, creative growers.
If you have never visited the Garden Museum, it’s one to add to your list. Adding a touch of class to your repertoire of London events and certainly the chance to mingle with the cultured echelons of society, the Garden Museum is full of surprises, quirky touches, and rather cool, unusual events.
Until the 28th February, you can experience a spectacular, temporary site-specific installation by floral Artist Rebecca Louise Law. Created from more than 3,000 blooms hand wired and suspended on copper in the nave of this historic building, the work makes the perfect partner to the Garden Museum’s Floriculture: Flowers, Love and Money exhibition. The exhibition opened with yummy floral gin cocktails and rose petal macaroons. My advice? Get on their mailing list now and never again miss a floral-inspired canapé or a chance to wander around their wonderfully vintage collection of garden gnomes and seed machines!
Rebecca Louise Law is a Fine Art trained floral artist whose love of flowers inspires her installations and floral commissions. Rebecca has been working with flowers for over 15 years. She graduated from Newcastle University with a BA hons in Fine Art in 2004. Flowers and natural materials are at the heart of Rebecca’s creations. The sculptures and installations she creates take on a floral form or use actual flowers within the piece. The installation will be on display for two weeks only, from 14 – 28 February.
Did you know that the world’s flower trade increased from £1.8 billion in the 1950s to in excess of £64 billion today? The longer-running Floriculture exhibition explores the inspiration of cut flowers to painters, and to the art of floristry, and their symbolism in rites of passage such as marriage, funerals, and memory. Delving into the controversy behind the cut flower retail industry and its environmental impact, the Garden Museum plays its part in helping to cultivate us as a new generation of eco- aware, creative growers.
I was also impressed by their cafe, where you will find the chefs outside in the kitchen garden picking fresh herbs for salads or pulling some rainbow chard from the earth… and can indulge yourself in a delicious seasonal lunch or a slice of divine cake baked in their galley kitchen that morning.
Site specific Roses Installation: http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/roses-by-rebecca-louise-law until 28th Feb 2013
Find out about the full exhibition – Floriculture: Flowers, Love and Money exhibition until 28th April 2013
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- Floriculture can be big industry in Sikkim: Chief Minister (indiavision.com)
- The florist’s guide to flower arranging (telegraph.co.uk)
- A Most Romantic Museum in Paris Evokes Passionate Love (2sistersanytownusa.wordpress.com)