From Wednesday 3rd May across the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend, if you pop down to Merchants Way, the public thoroughfare that connects Wandsworth Road with the US Embassy Quarter and passes through New Covent Garden Market, you’ll find two brilliant installations designed to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.
The installations were created by floral designers Sophie Hanna and Michel Rust and are a method for NCGM Fruit and Vegetable Market and NCGM Flower Market to celebrate the crowning of our new king with the local Nine Elms and Vauxhall community.
Each installation, in two separate alcoves on Merchants Way, features three crowns adorned with wonderful, sustainably sourced products from our respective markets. One alcove has been decorated with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, sourced from all corners of the globe, while the other is adorned with fresh and faux flowers and plants – all from the UK’s largest and leading Horticulture Wholesale Market, which has been part of its local community for 49 years.
Within the fruit and vegetable display, the three very regal crowns are laden with chili peppers, fennel, garlic, radishes, garlic, carrots, baby turnips and string beans and we’re also displaying small crates of watermelons, asparagus, limes, courgettes, Scotch Bonnets and more.
For the Flower installation, Sophie and Michelle decorated the three golden crowns with roses, cornflowers, hydrangeas and blossom and the vases feature a glorious selection of ranunculus, lilies, hydrangeas, sweet peas and delphiniums
In recognition of the beliefs and principles of His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla, the products used are fairly and sustainably sourced – come along and see the colourful array of product and, at selected times, meet people who work for the market’s landlord, Covent Garden Market Authority, and find out about job opportunities in your local market.
Tommy Leighton, Press Officer of NCGM, said: “The whole of New Covent Garden Market will be celebrating the Coronation – we’re a patriotic bunch and we’d love to meet as many of you as possible on Merchants Way during the few days that Sophie’s amazing installations are on display. See you there!”