MAKING a Monet masterpiece come to life is no easy task.
But it’s one which Jonathan Moseley is looking forward to with relish.
That said he won’t be using paint – his palette is all about flowers.
Jonathan’s floral version of Monet masterpiece will be the showstopping attraction at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
The Sheffield-based floral designer will create a homage to the French impressionist painter using over 2,500 stems of flowers and taking over 3,000 hours.
Jonathan said: “The scale and magnitude of the installation will test our skills as floral designers as we paint pictures with flowers and bring the canvases to life.
“My plan is to create a living canvas inspired by Monet’s work, garden and obsessive fascination with one flower, the water lily.”
The display will include images from Monet’s paintings, including the Japanese-style bridge and the water lilies floating on the pond.
The display will have a perspex frame as a focal point, packed with an array of blue, lilac, pink and purple flowers.
It will be combined with unusual foliage including some choice pieces specially cultivated and gathered from the gardens of Yorkshire.
He has been working with flowers for more than 20 years, and has designed four flower festivals at Chatsworth where he is ‘in residence’ delivering floral workshops and demonstrations throughout the year.
He spends his spare time tending his own garden in Coal Aston, with his partner and their three dogs.
“Chatsworth is my idea of floral heaven and designing flowers for Chatsworth is the floral equivalent of a lottery jackpot,” he said.
Chelsea Flower Show is from May 22 to 26.