Moira’s team are the golden girls at Chelsea

Moira Graham, second left, and the rest of the gold medal winning SAFA ladies pose with actress Joanna Lumley and daytime TV presenter Ruth Langford.
Moira Graham, second left, and the rest of the gold medal winning SAFA ladies pose with actress Joanna Lumley and daytime TV presenter Ruth Langford.

A team of Scottish flower 
arrangers, including Moira Graham from Twynholm, struck gold this week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The eight-strong team, from all over Scotland, were representing the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.

When their marine-
inspired display, entitled “Far Below the Sea Blooms”, won gold it was especially sweet for the members of the Scottish branch as it was the first time in 23 years that Scottish flower arranging talent had the chance to shine at Chelsea. The Scottish Association of Flower Arrangers ladies’ theme was taken from a line in the Shelley poem “Ode to the Wind” and further inspiration came from legendary marine biologist Jacques Cousteau. The team spent a week before the show opened creating floral underwater cathedrals and coral reefs to highlight the iridescence of marine life.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Logan Botanic Gardens and Threave Estate partnered the team in the project, and much of the special plant material used was cultivated by Threave’s head gardener with his students as part of a community project. They also took advice from a marine expert from Aberdeen University on the structure of coral reefs.