Pressing flowers

JamJar Flowers is passionate about preserving and extending the life of flowers. Pressing flowers is a great activity that anyone can try and there are plenty of reasons to have a go

London Gate at Chelsea Flower Show

In 2019, JamJar Flowers built a giant ‘theatre curtain’ at London Gate, one of the main entrances into the showground, to create a dramatic entrance to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The installation was filled with flowers. It was beautiful and designed to draw attention to the importance of bees. Every plant featured in the London Gate installation was chosen because of its bee and pollinator-friendly qualities.

The flowers were returned to Slade Gardens at the close of the show, a community space in South London, where many of them had been grown. We returned there earlier this year to see the flowers we had donated were thriving. For our demonstration at Virtual Chelsea we gathered flowers from the site bringing the circle to a close. Our demonstration includes Geum ‘Mai Tai’ and ‘Totally Tangerine’, buttercups, Nepeta, Heuchera, Aquilegia, California poppies and Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’.

Flowers as art

Everyone can press flowers and many flowers are beautiful when they're pressed. In fact, some of the best flowers to press are the delicate and fragile everyday flowers and weeds rather than the more showy garden plants. 

Watch to see how to press flowers

Once the flowers are released from the press you can use them to make your own art. Have a look at the images to see some of our stunning pressed flower projects.

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