Giant Flower Crown fit for the Queen!

With the Queen in our thoughts and the second day of Toby’s Garden Festival falling on Her Majesty’s official birthday, Saturday June 12, ambitious plans are afoot to celebrate her big day with a giant floral crown created by a team of talented local florists.

The floral crown, measuring over 1.5m tall and wide, is being created by Devon master florists, Julie Collins and Tina Parkes of The British of Academy of Floral Art assisted by academy students, using pinks bred by award-winning Dawlish nursery, Whetmans, along with colourful British blooms provided by Flowers from the Farm.

“We’ve given Toby a really challenging task to make the base of the floral crown, ” says Julie Collins. “It will take a couple of days to bring it to life and we can’t wait to see it filled with fresh British flowers. It is amazing opportunity for our students to work on a large scale and see how to overcome problems,  which always arise with a big construction no matter how much planning has been put in place.”

To mark the start of British Flowers Week (14 – 20 June), all the flowers are UK grown and the structure has been designed with an integral water source using upcycled containers.

Visitors to the festival on 11 and 12 June can see the stunning floral creation – and get a selfie in front of the crown – in the Castle Courtyard. Tag @britishacademyoffloralart and @tobygardenfest on Instagram for a chance to win a free workshop or a voucher to the value of £60 towards any future course at the Academy.

Buy your tickets £11 in advance – children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

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