Many congratulations to Emma Thistlethwaite from Thistle by Nature who was presented yesterday with the first-ever Ambassadors’ Choice Award for A Floral Installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023!
A celebration of ancient British landscapes, native flora and sacred sites, Emma’s beautiful botanical installation delivers a message of seasonality and respect for nature, while linking back to folklore and the lost stories of our past.
It incorporates natural materials such as slate and stone, responsibly foraged foliage and branches, and British-grown native plants including foxgloves (which I absolutely loved!), hawthorn blossom, wheat ears and poppy seed heads. The loosely circular piece, a nod to the circular sacred sites found up and down Britain, can be admired from all sides in the Great Pavilion at the show.
An all women morris dancers group, Boss Morris, performed yesterday at the show as an ode to the English tradition of morris dancing.
To find out more about Emma and her incredibly beautiful work, simply head to the Thistle by Nature website.
(Images | Rona Wheeldon)