Chelsea Flower Show Blogger Event - OKA
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  • Chelsea Flower Show Blogger Event

    When the Chelsea Flower Show rolls into town, it’s hard not to get swept up in the floral frenzy. Stroll down the King’s Road and Sloane Street, and you’ll see shop fronts brought to life with flowers as everyone participates in Chelsea In Bloom where this year’s theme is safari, so you can expect to come face-to-face with giant floral lions and giraffes and elephants (oh my!). Not to be left out, OKA’s Chelsea store has been filled with elaborate flower arrangements, but of course, ours are completely faux (though you’d never guess).




    Embracing the floral theme ourselves, we invited top interiors and lifestyle bloggers to come and spend an afternoon with us, where they’d learn how to create a faux flower arrangement at our Chelsea store, enjoy a spot of floral-inspired afternoon tea and cocktails, and then visit the Chelsea Flower Show itself. Sounds like a great day out to us!





    The bloggers willing to try their hand at a spot of faux flower arranging were Jordan and Russell from 2 Lovely Gays, Lucy from Lucy Loves Ya, Bianca from French For Pineapple, Hattie from Hattie West and Maggie from Planes & Champagne. All of them were big fans of having fresh flowers in their home but could we convince them that faux is the way forward?



    Our in-store faux flower expert showed them how simple it is to put a bunch together. If you want to create your own flower arrangement, the main rules to remember are:

    1) stick to odd numbers of the same type of flower to make the arrangement look more natural

    2) work from the outside in

    3) bend them to the right height


    With our whole artificial flower range at their disposal, offering everything from peonies to sweet peas to hydrangeas, the bloggers set to work on their faux-bulous creations.




    Blogger Hattie was impressed by the quality of OKA faux flowers. “My friend has a huge arrangement of flowers on her dining table from OKA. They’re so beautiful – I couldn’t believe they weren’t real.” Lucy admitted that fresh flowers are her guilty pleasure. “I spend far too much on fresh flowers. I have them everywhere in the house. I particularly love freesias in the bedroom – they’ve got such a beautiful scent.”


    A clever tip for those of you who are worried about missing the smell of flowers if you switch to faux – soak a reed stick in a fragrance oil then hide it in the middle of your arrangement.



    How would the bloggers define their personal floral style? Jordan and Russell usually go for the minimalist approach of one or two stems in a vase, and echoed this by choosing only white and cream flowers for their arrangements, whereas Bianca opted for a cheerful clash of pink peonies as, she says, “I like my flowers to look quite mad!” Maggie loves all things bright so she filled her vase with vibrant sweet peas in an array of colours.






    After showcasing the finished arrangements, we headed over to the Chelsea Flower Show 2017. We couldn’t have been any luckier with the weather, with blue skies and sunshine following us all day long. Before we made our way over to see the Chelsea Flower Show gardens we’d highlighted in a previous post, there was time for a cup of ‘tea’ (read: fruity gin cocktail) at The Dorchester pop-up. Fully refreshed, we were ready to explore the show.




    The gardens completely transport you from your surroundings, taking you to numerous places around the world – Japan, Bermuda, Mexico and Yorkshire, to name but a few. Despite the hustle and bustle of the crowds, each garden offers an oasis of calm in some way. Here are some of our favourite gardens from the day – it looks like following our winning formula for a Chelsea Flower Show Garden earned them a medal or two.


    The M&G Garden | Designed by James Basson | Best Show Garden Winner


    Gosho No Niwa No Wall, No War | Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara | Gold Medal Winner


    The Morgan Stanley Garden | Designed by Chris Beardshaw | Silver Gilt Medal Winner & Best Show Garden (People’s Choice)


    The Breast Cancer Now Garden: Through the Microscope | Designed by Ruth Willmott | Silver Gilt Medal Winner & Best Fresh Garden (People’s Choice)


    The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden | Designed by Tracy Foster | Silver Medal Winner


    The Bermuda Triangle | Designed by Jack Dunckley | Bronze Medal Winner


    So, is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in your diary for next year? Whilst we can’t promise the same glorious weather, we can be certain that there will be more stunning garden designs on show. Perhaps these have inspired you to make some changes in your own garden – or if you don’t have any outdoor space, why not create a garden indoors?