Interflora at the London Autumn Harvest Show
1 October 2010
RHS Chelsea 2010 Gold-medal winner Interflora is creating a vast, show-stopping curtain of autumn flowers and foliage at London's Autumn Harvest Show on 5 - 6 October. RHS Online caught up with Interflora florist David Denyer to to find out what's involved in creating his spectacular cascade.
Royal Horticultural Society: Is there any difference between planning for a big event like Chelsea or a smaller one like the London Show?
David Denyer: Planning for any show takes time. It can depends on the size of stand, theme, choice of materials etc but, yes, Chelsea does always seem to take longer in its planning. For me it's always been the attention to detail that I love about exhibition work. The smallest detail can make the difference when it comes down to judging.
RHS: What can we expect to see from you (and Interflora) at the London Show?
DD: I have a great brief to design - for Interflora - a hanging piece of floral art incorporating lots of dahlias from Jon Wheatley and Winchester Growers, and plant material from the gardens of RHS Wisley, cascading down from the ceiling in Lindley Hall. I'm going to also keep it in the autumn theme by using lots of berries, rose hips and oak leaves grasses, and strong leaves like phormium and aspidistra.
RHS: Autumn is actually a perfect time to be planting. Could you give us a few seasonal tips?
DD: It's still a good time of year to get things planted before winter set in. The soil is still warm, so new plants have time to establish some new roots before the weather turns and the winter frosts arrive. This is the time to give the garden a good sort out and change anything you didn't like this year while it's fresh in your mind. I myself plan to plant a new alliums and ornamental grass bed this autumn, so I'll have lots of fresh colour for spring. I plant my alliums in pots and overwinter them in a cold frame just to give them a kickstart in spring. Then I will plant out in February/March inbetween the grasses to give a naturalistic look to the border.
RHS: You’ll have a display at Chelsea next year. Can you give us a little taster?
DD: As lead designer on the Interflora Chelsea 2011 stand next year, I have been working on a design that will use bold colors and architectural shapes to create something very different to what people normally perceive a flower arrangement to be! The title has yet to decided, but I'm using several doorways to be viewed from either end of the stand, each shaded down the stand from dark to light. There will be a different colour on each structure flowing with the eye from bright oranges to bright reds to deep plums down to cool blues. I'm very much looking forward to working on the design and stand at Chelsea 2011.