10 Glossy Floral Ideas

From FLORAL EVENTS to BOTANICAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS, find out what’s inspiring us this week …

Described as the jewel in the crown of Dublin parks by Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, St Anne’s Park, Raheny, is hosting its annual Rose Festival this Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the fragrant displays, also present will be plant sellers, nurseries, garden centres, florists and a special Biodiversity Hub with updates on all environmental issues affecting the UNESCO Dublin Bay Biosphere for which St Anne’s plays an important role. Admission to the Rose Festival is free and car parking within the park is €3.

We’re coveting one of these lovely totes. Designer-of-the-moment Richard Quinn has just launched a collaboration with Liberty London with a range of bags, pouches and products showing his love of pattern, colour and bold blooms. The collection will be available from the end of July at ie.amara.com.

We’re rethinking our herbaceous border planting following Dublin-based garden designer Alan Rudden’s recent gold medal award at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show for his colourful Santa Rita “Living La Vida 120” World Garden. Inspired by the terroirs of Santa Rita Estate vineyards in Chile, Rudden’s scheme mixes architectural form with a range of succulents, agapanthus and strawberry trees. www.alanrudden.ie.

Irish brand Paperbear.ie, launched in 2013 by husband-and-wife team Katie and Aaron Dowling, has a fabulous range of floral pop up cards, covering all occasions from from weddings to birthdays. We received one recently and it’s taken pride of place on our mantlepiece. www.paperbear.ie.

We’re burning a White Lilac & Rhubarb candle at the moment. It’s the latest addition to Jo Malone London’s charity “conscious candles” collection. Soft lilac, sensual rose and heliotrope are tempered with tart rhubarb evoking a summer garden in full bloom. A percentage of the sale will go to families and individuals affected by mental health problems. On sale at Brown Thomas for 54. www.brownthomas.com.

We’re booking ahead for Worm London‘s workshops next weekend as floral duo Katie and Terri return to Ireland for some hands-on classes. On Saturday July 21 (11am-5pm) they will be joined by Kathryn Davey, a plant-based natural dyer, for an afternoon of flower arranging, natural fabric dyeing and a farm to table lunch at the Fumbally Stables. To book visit: www.kathryndavey.com. On Sunday July 22 Katie and Terri will head to Galway where they will host a flower arranging and table dressing workshop with America Village Apothecary at The Tasting Room, 31 Dominick Street Lower, Galway, for tickets: www.americavillageapothecary.com.

One of our favourite floral artists, Sasha Sykes, will be part of an impressive line-up of designers and makers at the National Gallery of Ireland’s celebration of Ealaín, a day of Irish culture. For Ealaín 2018, the theme is A Celebration of Irish Women Artists which takes place from 11.30am – 4pm, with a packed programme including traditional Irish crafts, workshops and music. www.nationalgallery.ie.

For a more natural approach to wedding flowers we recommend the new Wildflower Wedding Package by The Crate. Known for their less-is-more approach, they’ve created a stress-free and very economical package. Simply choose your colour and let the team create the rest for as little as €400 – this includes a hand-tied bridal bouquet and two bridesmaids posies, four buttonholes and a stunning top table arrangement. www.thecrate.ie.

We’ve just discovered The Burren Perfumery’s new organic Rose Facial Toner and have been keeping cool and hydrated by spritzing liberally. With a delicate floral fragrance, the toner perfectly primes the skin and is certified organic via its Soil Association COSMOS credentials. €16, available in Avoca and online at www.burrenperfumery.com.

We’re hoping to see “Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic” exhibition on our next visit to London. Taking place at the Garden Museum from August 8, Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies illustrations have been enchanting children and adults since 1918 and for some reason seem very contemporary. The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London; www.gardenmuseum.org.uk.

Penny McCormick

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