Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What's in the 2012 Summer Olympic Bouquet? Lavender, of course!

By Gina Souders, The Herb Companion

In 2010, Herb Companion readers were very interested in the strange flowers featured in the bouquets handed out at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. This year, the flowers are more identifiable, but I still found myself wondering exactly which gorgeous flowers were in the victory bouquets given out to all of the medalists this time around.

The 2012 London victory bouquet, which is fashioned in the style of a nosegay this year, is sectioned off by four rose varieties—Illios (the yellow rose), Marie Claire (the orange rose), Wimbledon (the green rose) and Aqua (the pink rose). These four colors reflect the colors used in the London 2012 logo. In and around the colorful roses rest the fragrant apple mint, rosemary, English lavender and wheat, according to the London 2012 website.

Jane Packer, a florist who was based in both the UK and Tokyo, designed these charming bouquets before she unexpectedly passed away in November 2011. All of the bouquet flowers were grown in Britain; and local business and local college students helped put the bouquets together. More than 4,000 bouquets will be handed out by the end of the London 2012 Olympics.

London 2012 Victory Bouquet 7-31-2012
Jane Packer  
What do you think of this year's Olympic bouquets? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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