The Lovely Rakes Progress Pop Up Shop in Floral Street

Way back at the beginning of 2017 we told you about Rakes Progress, a fab, newish quarterly which put a beautiful contemporary spin on what gardening magazine should look like. Excitingly, the editorial team has made the magazine come to life with a glorious pop up store in Floral Street, Covent Garden, where many of the artists, gardeners, florists and innovators featured within its pages have created work for display.

It is botanical heaven and a must visit for anyone who likes plants.

The shop is hosting a number of workshops and events with artists and plantsmen, check here for what’s going on but if you can, pop along to view the inspiring displays. I loved the madder pinks and burgundy hues of the Billy Loves Flowers display, in ceramic vases that look like plastic washing up bottles.

Jam Jar Edit has created wall paper (top image) and artworks that could generate a new interest in dried and pressed flowers, no flower is safe in my house currently.

Sophie Mason created this artful stick coat, which looks like it’s waiting for a Roald Dahl forest giant to come along and wear it.

The tool collage is by Sneerboer and has inspired me to look at making storing my own gardening tools more artful.

The greenhouse is by Pure Greenhouse and is free of the standard frame construction, leaving a sleek, contemporary glass box which has the feel of a modern art piece, smart enough to use inside the house rather than outside.

The palest pastel ceramic wall flowers below are by Vanessa Hogge.

The artwork below, which has a graceful charm, is by Oliver Gaiger, my new favourite artist, should anyone be wanting to buy me an early Christmas present. The pop up – which will change its displays regularly, is on until the end of January 2018, and I urge you to go see it if you can.


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