William Shakespeare and John Gerard – Don’t Forget the Botany!

Picture of Rebecca Mays in a theatre costume throwing flowers in the air.

In the spring of 2016, I embarked on a project combining my love of plants and flowers with a passion for Shakespeare. Bill and John: a work in progress I developed an interest in the work of Shakespeare at drama

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Tom and Ali’s Wedding, Nonsuch Park

Mantelpiece at Nonsuch Mansion

Tom and Ali’s wedding at Nonsuch Mansion was truly magical. Nonsuch Mansion is situated in the grounds of Nonsuch Park, the site of one of Henry VIII’s favourite palaces. The wedding flowers were informal with a touch of the classic

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A white and grey autumn table display

White heather

I know … the colour grey doesn’t evoke the best qualities of autumn. Rather the hot reds, bronzes and burnt oranges: colour before the onset of cold, grey winter – and colours that I love, too. But why not break

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An east Devon wedding

Beach huts at Seaton seafront

If you are looking for a wedding destination with a difference then look no further than the Axe Valley in East Devon. Snuggling on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, this is still a

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Alison and John’s Wedding

Wedding bouquet

Saturday 14 June 2014 Venue: a garden marquee, Walton-on-Thames Alison and John’s was a small, intimate wedding, held in the garden of Alison’s family home. The style was informal, the flowers seasonal, reflecting the idea of an English country garden.

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For the love of the yellow rose

Arrangement with yellow roses

I have never been a big fan of yellow flowers and, as much as I love roses, yellow would not be my first choice either to grow or to use in an arrangement. That said, having inherited a rose in

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Afternoon tea party

Table bouquet featuring tulips, grape Hyacinth and Alstroemeria

Thursday 13 February 2014 Venue: The Haymarket Townhouse I was delighted to be asked by the events company Hel’s Angels to design the flowers for Claire Richards’ second collection for Fashion World at the beautiful Haymarket Townhouse, part of the

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Valentine’s Day: it doesn’t have to be about roses …

Bouquet for Valentine's Day

I love roses. I am a fan. The wonderful fragrance, beauty, colour, form – what’s not to like? … Just not on February 14th. Instead, why not choose a beautiful arrangement of seasonal flowers? I have put together a hand-tied

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Christmas is in the air

Christmas door wreath with rose hips, Hydrangea, Senecio, ivy and fir

With gardens looking a little jaded and the last few leaves clinging to the trees,  darkness descending  at 4.30 and the cold biting at your checks,  surely it’s time to get warm in front of the fire, think about Christmas,

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The versatility of the Swedish clog

Swedish clogs decorated with garlands of Hydrangea, Sedum, thyme and rosemary

I have had a love of clogs since I was a child and was delighted to reignite my passion when I found the fantastic website Lotta From Stockholm. Clog sandals? – yes please! Clog boots? – how practical, warm and

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