From Kew Gardens to the Chelsea Flower Show, Londoners love anything that blooms. That’s why Florence Kennedy founded Petalon, to deliver the finest floristry to people across the capital.
As part of our celebration of all things floral, we’re sharing an extract from Willow Crossley’s book Inspire – The Art of Living with Nature, in which she discusses her love for bringing nature into her home.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the spiritual home of Parisian jazz. Students, artists and – according to legend – Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir would file into smoke-filled clubs to listen to the era’s musical greats: Sidney Bechet, Henri Salvador, Mezz Mezzrow. Paris has a special place in jazz folklore. Miles Davis arrived in the late 1940s, and wrote that “Everything changed while I was in Paris. It was like magic, almost like I had been hypnotised.”
As a full-time floral stylist, author, blogger and mum, Willow Crossley is always juggling exciting projects. This week, Willow has decorated Liz Earle’s store for the annual floral art show, Chelsea in Bloom . She’s currently working on her third book ‘Flourish’, which follows her second book ‘Inspire – The art of handmade living’. We sat down with her to talk hosting, home and (of course) flowers.