A couple of weeks ago, Sara-Marie Andrews from the Academy of Floristry took a group to Alden Biesen to experience the spectacular floral extravaganza that is Fleuramour. We caught up with her to find out what she thought.
ECT: Why should floristry fans put a visit to Fleuramour on their bucket list?
SMA: There are so many reasons, but the top four are:
- seeing cutting edge floral design up close and in detail
- spotting current - and even more importantly - future trends in person
- seeing how the latest techniques are being used
- discovering the latest sundries and floristry supplies long before they arrive in the UK
Ninth Planet by Angelica Lacarbonara
ECT: What stood out particularly for you this year?
SMA: Frank Timmerman’s and Peter Boeijkens’ flower wall made from thousands of recycled PET bottles and over 30,000 Anthuriums was awe-inspiring. Illuminated by the light through the stained-glass windows of the Landcommanderij Church, it was magical and really quite emotional. Moniek Vanden Berghe’s designs based on the inspiration she has been getting from her study of mushrooms was another highlight for me, and then there was Angelica Lacarbonara’s interpretation of the Ninth Planet in the Castle courtyard. It was quite beautiful!
Design by Moniek Vanden Berghe
ECT: Angelica Lacarbonara also did a demonstration for your group, tell us about that?
SMA: It was very inspiring. She described all her thought processes and demonstrated her techniques very clearly so were able to fully understand not only what she was doing at each step, but also why. Most of our group hadn’t really seen that kind of work before, so they found it fascinating. Angelica also understood the pressures of making a design that’s not only beautiful to look at, but can also be adapted to be commercial and make a profit for the florist’s shop. Four of us in the group are working at a similar level to Angelica, but it is always very rewarding and interesting to see someone else’s interpretation of the types of design she was creating.
Courtyard at Alden Biesen with Angelica Lacarbonara's display
We will be taking groups to Fleuramour 2020 - find out more here