Discovering the Meaning of Flowers

Love Found, Love Lost, Love Restored by Shane Connolly

Even now, when modern technology has made information so easy to exchange, some words are still hard to say. In this book, Shane Connolly examines the language of flowers in the context of love – that most tricky and subtle of emotions. Using a selection of over fifty gorgeous plants, Shane demonstrates how flowers, whether as single stems or as part of an arrangement, can reveal what our lovestruck, lovelorn or love-renewed selves are too wary or tongue-tied to express. Over eight practical projects, including simple wild strawberry wedding buttonholes and a biodegradable funeral arrangement, communicate their own exclusive and personal message.

Shane Connolly rocketed to global prominence when, as floral designer to HRH The Prince of Wales he designed the flowers for the 2011 wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Since then he has won a second Royal Warrant, this time to HM The Queen. He has run Shane Connolly Flowers for over 20 years, which has a sophisticated, discreet and international clientele. He lectures and holds regular masterclasses in the USA, Japan and London.

Let wedding flowers send a green message, says royal florist Shane Connolly in the Financial Times.  The most thoughtful displays accept the constraints imposed by season and local provenance.  Read more of Shane’s invaluable advice and the abundance of less by clicking here.

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‘What I do is like good cooking – if you have beautiful ingredients, you can’t go wrong’.  Read more of this article by clicking here.

Meet the florist to the royals who thinks heaven smells like lily of the valley.  Shane Connolly talks to Alice Hancock of The Financial Times.

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Shane will be demonstrating and talking at two interesting events in the forthcoming weeks.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear his pearls of wisdom at the FT Weekend Festival event at Kenwood House in Hampstead on Saturday, 2nd September.  For further details click here.

He will also be talking at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton on Friday, 8th September.  Click here for further details.

Click below to read Shane Connolly’s article in The Financial Times about how Constance Spry helped loosened the rigid constraints of contemporary floristry in the 20th Century, and how Britain’s surviving flower farmers today are diversifying to appeal to new audiences, and new entrepreneurs are emerging.

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A lovely piece on Shane and the book appears in the March-April issue.  Click here to view.

Holloways, the British-made conservatory and luxury garden furniture store located in the Worcestershire countryside, offers a lovely review of Shane’s book explaining the lost art of Floriography to a modern audience.

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Every petal and leaf has a meaning, floral expert Shane Connolly tells Debora Robertson of The Daily Telegraph.

When is a bunch of flowers not just a bunch of flowers? According to Shane, favoured floral designer (or floral decorator, or flower artist, never florist… more of that later) for fashionable parties, gallery openings and the occasional royal wedding: when it’s a powerful totem loaded with hidden meaning…..


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This is just too good not to share…  Shane was asked by the Financial Times, House and Home section to write an article on Christmas decor which you can view here (it appeared on 3rd December) and he also stars in a short video on how to decorate your home for Christmas.