For many, flower shows conjure images of pretty blossoms arranged skillfully. But in Britain, flower shows are held in a different regard altogether. Those with green thumbs don’t just showcase their creations but they do so with amazing skill. An example of their craftsmanship was highlighted by a life-size model of a Williams F1 race car, complete with pit stop crews and a checkered parking lot.
The award-winning display won the gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society. Unlike its real-life counterpart, the car spews no carbon emissions and doesn’t require fuel to run; just a lot of care, careful trimming, watering and sunlight.
For an idea on just how much work the topiary demanded, the people behind the design – King & Co. – took more than three years to grow this work of art. Aside from the flowers and shrubs, the car features several real vehicle parts, including the helmet of Bruno Senna, a Brazilian racer who is signed to the Williams team.
King and Co.’s owner, Paul King, was visibly excited, saying that the gold medal left him with a euphoric feeling. ‘It’s utopia’, he said and we can well imagine. According to King, the team was unsure if the topiary would win since the design was more cutting edge than the rest. However, it stole the show and why not? The likeness is uncanny.
The founder of Williams, Sir Frank Williams, also attended the flower show and was witnessed with a smile on his face.
The Chelsea Flower Show is the United Kingdom’s largest such event that attracts exhibitors from around the globe. Leading names make an appearance every year with the best taking center stage. The site sees as many as 157,000 visitors every year. With tickets needing to be purchased in advance, the show can rightfully claim to be one of the most elite in the country.