We join Royal wedding florist Philippa Craddock, as she reveals locally-sourced foliage from native trees will feature in the floral displays being created for Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's wedding.
On the wedding day, St George’s Chapel will be filled with beautiful flowers created by floral designer Philippa Craddock, who has directed a team, including florists from St George's Chapel and Buckingham Palace. The floral displays were created using locally sourced foliage, much of which has been taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
Speaking about her preparations, while touring Savill Garden with Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park John Anderson, Philippa said: “One of the things that has been very important in this brief to me is to make sure we're sourcing locally and that the designs reflect the landscape that's around Windsor Castle, that's what we're looking to do in the chapel.”
Where possible, Philippa has used flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May. These include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants are drawn.
In addition The Royal Parks have contributed over 150 plants grown in their super nursery in Hyde Park.
These include foxgloves and two varieties of geranium: Mayflowers ('White Ness') and Dusky Cranesbills. These plants are pollinator friendly and attract bees, butterflies and many other insects, all of which help keep ecosystems healthy.
All of the flowers will be replanted in Kensington Gardens after the wedding for the public (and bees) to enjoy.