Where Do The Olympic Flowers Come From?
Have you have marveled at the amazing feats of all the Olympians at the London 2012 Games? Have you felt a lump in your throat as you see a Team GB Olympic kit being worn proudly on the podium? Have you gazed at the gorgeous bouquets the winners receive and wondered where they come from? Well wonder no more!
The beautiful floral arrangement that each Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, including all those amazing gymnastics teams, receives was designed by British Company Jane Packer and is appropriately called the “Victory Bouquet”. The flowers and plants that make up each of the 4800 bouquets are grown in Britain and they are arranged by an army of floristry students (and teachers!) all over the country including one on Dancemania‘s doorstep, Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, Dorset.
What Flowers Are In The Olympic Bouquet?
The bouquet is a sensory delight not only to the eye but to the nose. The ensemble captures the British countryside and is composed of four different coloured roses sectioned with English Lavender, rosemary, apple mint and wheat which, combined, creates a gorgeous fresh aroma without the overpowering fragrance that can come with highly perfumed flowers. The four varieties of roses: Aqua (pink), Illios (yellow), Marie Claire (orange) and Wimbledon (green) are grouped into quadrants to mirror the London 2012 logo. The whole effect evokes a bright and vibrant visual and olfactory impact that enhances the competitor’s moment of victory.
Where Are The Olympic Bouquets Made?
Three British educational establishments provide the floristry students who make up the thousands of bouquets. “The students are honoured and thrilled to be asked to help with the victory bouquets for the medal winners at the 2012 Olympics” said Tracey Nadin, a tutor at Kingston Maurward College, Dorset. All the bouquets for the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland are being created by the Kingston Maurward students thus ensuring the flowers are as fresh as possible to the local venue.
This dazzling design is so simple yet so cleverly conceived and implemented. It is a real stunner that will ensure there is a British winner at every medal ceremony!
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