Royal Wedding “greens” Westminster Abbey

Wed, Apr 27, 2011

Climate Change, Trees, Buy Trees

The inside of Westminster Abbey will be looking as green as the outside on Friday as Kate Middleton has requested that the Abbey be dressed with six English field maples and two hornbeams, which are up to 20ft tall.

It appears that Kate is “very green” in her outlook and insisted that all the flowers and plants used are British. She chose the field maples as they symbolise humility and reserve and it was used to make loving cups in medieval times while the hornbeam signifies resilience.

The seasonal flowers being used in the Abbey displays include Solomon’s seal, brought from Sandringham, which symbolises confirmation of love; azaleas, the Chinese symbol of femininity; lilacs, which represent first love, and blossoms, signifying spiritual beauty.Other varities  include rhododendron, euphorbias, beech and wisteria, mostly from Windsor Great Park.

Although the bridal bouquet would remain a secret until the wedding day, Kate is expected to continue the “green is a very important thing” concept.

Very pleased to know that our future Queen understands the power and beaty of our precious plants.If you feel inspired by Kate’s love of  english trees visit English Woodlands to buy some for your own garden:

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