A royal wedding: wisteria and field maples

Whilst others await the dress with anticipation, I am of course hanging out to see the flowers. Particularly after reading the official media release on the arrangements, to be overseen by Royal florist Shane Connolly and the Middleton's family florist Emma Sampson (love that - I can only imagine the tension...)

What has struck me about their plan is the modernity of it all - it has an eco, charitable and seasonal spin that I was not expecting from such an event. I am suitably impressed.

Many of the potted, living blooms and foliage will be sourced from Highgrove Gardens, the Prince of Wales' estate (pictures above). I should really do another post just on him -  a figure often ridiculed and very rarely given any credit for his many pioneering eco initiatives.

Here's some more from the Royal Wedding's official site. Can't wait to see those Hornbeam trees in the Abbey...HF.

Prince William and Miss Middleton have chosen London-based floral designer Shane Connolly to create the floral displays for their wedding on April 29th. Mr. Connolly has directed a team of florists, including Westminster Abbey's and Buckingham Palace's florists, and florists individually chosen by the Couple, to create the floral displays at the Abbey and for Buckingham Palace.

Mr. Connolly was chosen by the Couple owing to his reputation for producing elegant and unique displays, and for his creative approach which focuses on using seasonal, natural and organic flowers. Mr. Connolly is also well known for his sustainable approach to floristry, which incorporates as much as possible the use of growing, rather than cut, plants and trees.

The Couple have taken a close interest in the designs, which follows a theme that pays tribute to the Language of Flowers.

The floral displays in Westminster Abbey feature a variety of seasonal growing and cut British flowers and trees sourced from Royal Estates and other growers around the country. The flowers and plants include blossoms, azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac.

The floral displays in the Abbey will include eight 20 feet-high trees: six English Field Maple and two Hornbeam. All the trees will be growing in planters, which have also been designed by Mr. Connolly and which were made by craftsmen at Highgrove, The Prince of Wales's Residence in Gloucestershire.

After the wedding, the flowers and plants will be left in position in Westminster Abbey for the public to view until Friday 6th May 2011. Following this, many of the trees will be taken to Highgrove Gardens, where they will be planted. The Couple's intention is that many of the cut plants and flowers and all the growing plants will be donated to charities or re-planted.