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Reflect on an English Heaven with our WW1 Commemoration Garden

Last week, in collaboration with Hereford in Bloom and The Three Choirs Festival, we were commissioned by The Old Market, Hereford to produce a flowery spectacle. We created a wildflower garden to commemorate the heroes of World War 1, inspired by The Soldier, a poem by Rupert Brooke, about a solider in the trenches dreaming of an English Heaven. Centered in the garden is a vintage bicycle, draped with a soldier’s uniform. This garden has been designed to bring a meadow of nostalgia right into the middle of The Old Market. We’ve based this garden on a traditional, English wildflower meadow but we’ve also interspersed some cottage garden flowers including delphiniums, stocks, sunflowers, roses and more. We hope this garden encourages people to stop for a moment and reflect on an English Heaven, taking a moment to understand how it would’ve been to be at war and dream of a lazy summer day relaxing in the English countryside. Heather Gorringe MD of The Great British Florist and project manager said: "It was lovely to be able to commemorate World War 1 with such a peaceful garden in the middle of the Old Market Shopping Centre, and at the same time celebrate Hereford in Bloom and 300 years of The Three Choirs Festival. We thoroughly enjoyed working with The Old Market and interpreting the theme and at the same time ensuring that every flower used in the making of this garden was.... British :) ” View some more fab photos of the Garden Below: [gallery size="full" columns="2" ids="https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/3.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/5.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/6.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/8.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/7.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/9.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/19.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/18.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/17.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/16.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/14.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/13.jpeg|,https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/12.jpeg|"]

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely bouquet of flowers that you sent to my daughter today. She's been shielding since February so these made her day. She was delighted that there were no lilies in the flowers as she suffers with hayfever. Thank you - Helen P

Just to say a lovely thank you for the beautiful arrangement of flowers for the funeral sheaf I ordered for my fathers funeral. He was 91 and always interested in the environment and wildflowers. The arrangement was just perfect. Many thanks once again - Magda B

My family arranged for you to deliver flowers for my birthday last Monday and I have to say that they are the best flowers I have ever received! After a week they are still looking amazing and are likely to do so for several days yet. Thank you very much! - Mary B