THE CUT

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GREEN UP YOUR GAFF

JUNGLE IS MASSIVE

9th January 2017

Who said the most fabulous flower shows have to be south of the river? Last Thursday night, Grace & Thorn took over The Town Hall Hotel’s famous Council Chamber with our Jungle Is Massive installation in homage to Chelsea Flower Show. In a jungle meets English country garden mash-up, we aimed to bring in all the elements of floristry that we love - big, bold builds, plants alongside flowers, lots of colour, texture, green, even more green and then some green.

Working alongside renowned set designers, Sebastian Kite and Ben Custance with flowers provided by The Real Flower Company, we created a large-scale, conceptual plant and flower installation spanning across two rooms, which we then assembled in less than twelve hours. We created our own “high-line’ of jungle plants and floral displays like industrial structure - described by Kite x Custance as  “post apocalyptic garden chic”. Over the council bar, the main display was a wild explosion of garden roses, coral and prairie moon peonies, delphiniums and alliums bringing home the English country garden aspect of our install. Suspended from the Council Chamber ceiling, was our jungle of over one hundred plants in all different shapes and sizes creating a hanging garden like no other.

The installation as a whole was truly representative of our style. The urban, steel structure was the ultimate contrasting foundation to the natural beauty of the plants and flowers it supported. The historic Council Chamber, designed as part of the Town Hall Hotel in 1910 and built from Australian walnut wood was the perfect counterpoint to house the very modern, floral installation.

On Thursday night, guests were welcomed with specially crafted G&T’s and a carefully selected playlist of Jungle inspired tunes. The installation was open to the public throughout the whole of Friday.