The Olympic games has a famous tradition of presenting medal winners with flower bouquets. This tradition dates back more than 3,000 years to the orginial Olympic games in Greece when wreaths or garlands preceded medals as the presentation award. The bouquets are often tossed to fans in the arenas, this florists must make certain the flowers have no thorns or sharp protrusions.
For the 2012 Olympic games in London, Jane Packer floral design studio was chosen to create more than 4,000 floral 'Victory Bouquets' for the events. The bouquet was created by Susan Lapworth. Colors and flowers were chosen to reflect the vibrancy of the London Games. All flowers and herbs in the bouquet had to be able to grown in Britain. Pink, yellow, orange, and green roses are grouped by color and seperated by British food ingredients English lavender, rosemary, apple mint and wheat.
Patricular flowers and herbs were also chosen to be able to withstand fluctuating temperatures as well.
The Olympic Games remind us how important flowers are for us as a symbol of energy and victory. Flowers always tell a story.