Parish church’s award-winning floral display

Interflora floristry display team member Janet Boast from Nelson in Lancashire and Rev Phillip Johnson with the floral arch on display. EMN-160624-170127001
Interflora floristry display team member Janet Boast from Nelson in Lancashire and Rev Phillip Johnson with the floral arch on display. EMN-160624-170127001

Sleaford-based flower delivery firm, Interflora, has recreated part of its floral design which won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Entitled ‘Open Church’ and created by Karen Barnes and a team of Interflora florists, the floral installation stood at over five metres tall, reflecting the elegant architecture of a church’s exterior and interior, inspired by the firm’s local St Denys’ Church.

The full exhibit had included intricate floral church bells, windows and chandeliers.

One of its windows was recreated by Janet Boast, from Lancashire, one of the firm’s Chelsea team, at the Head Office in Watergate, Sleaford on Friday.

Kate Mollart, Brand Manager from Interflora, explained: “The church was keen to have a display having been the inspiration for the winning design.”

The window was on display in St Denys’ Church for the whole weekend before returning to Interflora’s office for a few days.

Rev Phillip Johnson said: “The title ‘open church’ can be interpreted in so many ways but it sums up what we do here - open seven days a week, accessible to everyone - and flowers make it special for so many occasions.”