Warwick in Bloom From Home 2020
See the video made by Albert Street’s residents who entered this year’s competition. All the windmills that decorated their planting have now been donated to Myton Hospice to brighten their gardens!
Royal florist names Albert Street winner of Warwick in Bloom from Home
Albert Street crowned overall winner by Simon Lycett, the Warwick-born international florist
Albert Street’s community planting has seen the street named the overall winner of Warwick in Bloom from Home. Albert Street’s entry also won a gold medal and was named winner of the Community Planting category as more than 40 entrants competed for medal-winning status in this year’s all-digital event.
In judging the competition, the Warwick in Bloom team was joined by Simon Lycett, the internationally recognised floral stylist and florist to the Royal Households, as this year’s head judge. Born and brought up in Warwick, Simon is today one of the UK’s most eminent event florists.
Simon and the In Bloom team also named the winners of the Gardens category as Emma Rawlinson & David Richardson of West Street. Ann Lettice of Eborall Close won the Container Planting category and Harvey Nijjar of Greville Road won the Children’s Planting category.
Following a switch to a digital photography format to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the competition attracted a multitude of entries and many new competitors. In all, 18 gold medals, 14 silver-gilt medals, and 12 silver medals were awarded to residents and communities across Warwick.
Head judge Simon Lycett said:
“I loved Albert Street’s entry and must especially recognise the true sense of a community its residents clearly showed in working together to take great pride in their street and creating a display of floral fabulousness! Having grown up in Warwick and with my love of floristry inspired by visiting the Warwick Horticultural Society Show as a youngster, it has been brilliant to be part of Warwick in Bloom this year and celebrate everyone’s achievements.
“In reviewing all the entrants, it’s evident that two key rewards of lockdown have been a revived sense of community and seeing how people have reappraised their outdoor spaces. From the photographs, videos and stories received from the In Bloom entrants it was inspiring to see how everyone has used their green spaces – be they big, small, in containers or little courtyards – to create a sanctuary and that is something very special during these times.”
Cllr Richard Eddy, Chair of Community Culture at Warwick Town Council said:
“Despite the restrictions of social distancing this year, we were determined to celebrate Warwick’s green-fingered residents planting and blooms this year, especially during a time when planting provided a solace for many under lockdown. It was on honour to be joined by Simon as head judge.
“His many years of floral expertise as the owner of Simon J Lycett Ltd, one of the UK’s most sought-after and well-known names in the floral industry, made judging a very special experience this year and Albert Street and all of this year’s winners should be very proud of their medals having being judged by a royal florist.”
The full list of Warwick in Bloom from Home’s medal winners is:
CATEGORY 1 – Gardens
Emma & David R, West Street – Gold & Category Winner
David Howells, Archery Fields – Gold
Nuala Stopps, Priory Walk – Gold
Jenny Stephens, Charter Approach – Gold
Linda & Simon Garwood, West St – Gold
Diana and Liviu Marcu, Beaurevoir Way – Gold
Mark Robertson, West Street – Gold
Anthony Griffin – Gold
Sally-Jane Downes, West Street – Gold
Roy Glassborow, Purser Drive – Gold
Stephanie Burdett – Gold
John and Linda Edwards, High Street – Silver-Gilt
Jack Russell, Eborall Close – Silver-Gilt
Jayne and Kevin McHale, Castle Street – Silver-Gilt
Mark Cox, Wedgenock Green – Silver-Gilt
Peter and Elizabeth Round, Alderson House – Silver-Gilt
Jane Sault – Silver-Gilt
Hillary Mayman – Silver-Gilt
Mr & Mrs Furniss, Vine Lane – Silver
Charles & Jane Jones, West Street – Silver
Susan Connolly, Greville Road – Silver
Margaret Lawson (Video), Priorty Walk – Silver
Phil Langdon, New Bowling Green Pub – Silver
Jackie Hanvey, Woodloes – Silver
CATEGORY 2 – CHILDREN
Harvey Nijjar, Greville Rd – Gold & Category Winner
CATEGORY 3 – CONTAINER
Ann Lettis, Eborall Close – Gold & Category Winner
Kathy Spackman, St John’s Court – Gold
John Fletcher, Glover Close – Gold
Hill Close Gardens – Gold
The Clarke Family, West St – Silver-Gilt
John Lingard, Hebden Avenue – Silver-Gilt
Anna Jones, Albert Street – Silver-Gilt
Janet Baldry, Park Cottage – Silver-Gilt
Carolyn Taylor, Narrow Hall Meadow – Silver
Geoff Gower, Woodcote Road – Silver
Liz Green, Neville Court – Silver
Diana and Liviu Marcu, Beaurevoir Way – Silver
Peter and Elizabeth Round, Alderson House – Silver
CATEGORY 4 – COMMUNITY GARDENS
Albert Street – Gold & Category Winner & Overall Winner 2020
The Guild Cottages, Bowling Green Street – Gold
Rohan Gardens – Silver-Gilt
Woodcote Road – Silver-Gilt
Chase Meadow Garden Volunteers – Silver-Gilt
Liz Green, Neville Court – Silver
Meet Simon Lycett
Simon Lycett joined Warwick in Bloom as head judge this year. Born and raised in Warwick, Simon has been fascinated by flowers ever since he saw the displays at the Warwick Horticultural Show in St Nicholas Park when he was seven years old.
“I went inside the tent and the spark just hit me to the core,” says Simon. “My parents’ neighbour used to teach floristry and flower arranging and so, having returned from the Horticultural Show, it was to her that I turned to and learnt the proper techniques of flower arranging. She was an inspiration and I was able to develop my own style with the knowledge of the proper techniques that are still so valuable today.”
Simon went on to attend Warwick School and worked in the Bretheren’s Kitchen at the Lord Leycester Hospital. Today Simon lives in London but often returns to Warwick as much as his schedule allows. He runs Simon J Lycett Ltd, an award-winning floral events company that is the toast of the celebrity and royal circuits.
As one of only two cross palace suppliers for The Historic Royal Palaces – an honour Simon has held for several years – he and his team created the floral displays for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding reception, the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday, and the wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
Simon’s work has been featured in Country Life, Home & Gardens and his TV work includes being a judge on Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight. He is currently filming ‘Full Bloom’ a new eight-episode floral competition series in the US, in which he stars as host judge. His latest book ‘The Flower Market Year’, is out now and documents 12 months in the life of New Covent Garden Flower Market and those who work there.
“My journey from Warwick to the career I have today is extraordinary. I count myself lucky that I was brought up in Warwick, which to me remains one of the most picturesque parts of the world with a great deal of natural beauty.”