roses in art; roses as art

Shane looks at the history of roses in art; their ancient symbolisms and meanings in the Language of Flowers; and how roses are still loved and adored by floral artists all over the world.
His talk will combine words, images and a demonstration using roses from the gardens of Villa Adua.

Shane is a renowned floral designer and ambassador for sustainable floristry. His clients range from great public institutions like The V&A; the RA and the National Portrait Gallery, to a veritable who’s who of the great and the good of British life.
He is perhaps best known for his public work for The Royal Family. His most recent commission was The Coronation of TM The King and Queen in Westminster Abbey in May. But he also designed the flowers for their marriage at Windsor Castle in 2005 and for the wedding of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 2011.
Shane has approached all these iconic moments with the same respect for nature, season and setting. Everything is thoughtful, in all senses of the word.
Shane has designed events in countries as diverse as the USA and India, and always with the same aim: to leave the smallest footprint behind and be led by what is local and available.
Shane works with the RHS to improve sustainability in floristry in their annual shows, and is also a judge at RHS Chelsea.
He has written five books and teaches his approach to flower design all over the world, with its roots and ethos firmly in sustainability.