Monet’s garden scoops floral win

Jonathan Moseley with Christopher Biggins at Chelsea
Jonathan Moseley with Christopher Biggins at Chelsea

A TOP Sheffield florist has won a coveted award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show for his recreation of Monet’s Garden.

Designer Jonathan Moseley, who is the resident florist at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, scooped a Silver Gilt award at the annual garden show.

He and his team of ten flower arrangers, all from Yorkshire, used 2,500 blooms and spent around 3,000 hours producing the exhibit, entitled ‘Inspired Images Create Lasting Impressions’.

It was inspired by the Impressionist’s world famous water lily paintings of his garden in France.

And among the visitors to the exhibit was James Priest, an Englishman who is head gardener at Monet’s garden in Giverny, France.

The creation features the Japanese bridge found at Giverny, along with lillies, glass droplets and coloured water, reflecting Monet’s use of water and light in his paintings.

Jonathan and his team crafted the lilies from other cut flowers – using over 2,500 stems.

He said: “We are all very proud of our Yorkshire heritage and wanted to reflect that in the design, although paradoxically I was inspired by a French artist who created a fabulous garden at his home in Giverny.

“We wanted people to look at it and recognise the quintessential Monet, the bridge with the sea of waterlilies underneath it.

“Flower arranging is an art and we’re pushing the bounds a bit as to how we use flowers in a craft-driven form.”