Flowers Festival blooming at Chelsea storefronts and streets

As is the tradition, hundreds of stores and restaurants support the week-long Chelsea Flower Show by agreeing to be part of Chelsea in Bloom and follow a floral theme in design or just creating their own floral designs to join the fun.

For 2022, the theme was British icons in anticipation of Queen Elizabeth’s 70th-year jubilee in June. As store owner Kiki McDonough said, “there is a bit more effort this year because of the Queen’s milestone.”  Like in previous years, participants included themes of “Extraordinary Voyages” in 2019, there is a collective effort to be sustainable, and foam was discouraged while chicken wire and alternatives were encouraged.

Because the Queen loves her corgis and horses, there were plenty of animals, including a unicorn, since she is truly unique. And, of course, since the British love their tea, there were clever interpretations of beloved libations.

Many marveled at the sheer number of plump, deliciously sensual peonies and roses that created an eye-catching, jaw-dropping arch around the Cartier store.

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