Spotlight: Master Sugar Flower Artist, Robert Haynes

As florists, we like to think we’re rather adept at spotting the real thing when it comes to flowers, and of course, in most scenarios, that would be correct. The sugar-based creations of Robert Haynes, on the other hand, are so extraordinarily lifelike you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t beguiled by their delicate […]

My McQueens Flower School Experience: Mette Klevnas

Attracting students from around the world is a huge honour and a testament to the reputation that McQueens Flower School has built over the past twenty years. It’s incredible to watch the progress of our students and we enjoy seeing their work on Instagram after leaving the school. We spoke to recently graduated student Mette Klevnas, […]

Three Festive Bouquets to Welcome the Christmas Season in Style

Much to the delight (and despair) of many, Christmas has officially landed in London. Yes, as light switching-on ceremonies sweep the capital and festive decor pops up with abandon, We’re proud to reveal our own handiwork at that iconic, Mayfair five-star hotel, Claridge’s. As florists, our relationship with Christmas can be something of a love-hate affair. After […]

The Joys of Autumn and Winter Weddings

Autumn and winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. Waving goodbye to the stress of ‘will the sun shine or won’t it?’ on the big day is perhaps one of the biggest plus points, considering our infamous British weather. With an autumn or winter wedding, you are you’re free to enjoy whatever the weather […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Bodil Jane

At just 27, Amsterdam-born illustrator, Bodil Jane, is blazing her way through the contemporary scene with her colourful and innovative depictions of people, animals, food, fashion, interiors, plants and (among other things) maps. Aside from her extraordinary talent, of course, it’s Bodil Jane’s striking eye for colour and passion for florals and botanical patterns that […]

Colour Inspiration: Peach Flowers

When it comes to flowers, peach is a curious colour, often overlooked yet key to so many a winning floral scheme. Its subtleness lends itself to a combination of colours from ivory and cream to apricot and berry-toned blends, yet it is rarely used alone. For some, this may come as no surprise as, in […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ‘Operation Christmas’

To be fair, it has been looking a lot like Christmas for a while. Well, the past three months to be exact, and we’re reaching peak festive frenzy here at McQ HQ right now with boxes of baubles, crate loads of glitter, and a mini mountain of decorative items ranging from gingerbread men (non-edible) to […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Clover Robin

London-based surface pattern designer and illustrator, Clover Robin, grew up in Devon before training and graduating from Leeds College of Art and Design in 2007. Clover pursued her passion for art by completing a Masters at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and is now based in Greenwich, where she lovingly crafts her collages, inspired by local […]

Monday: A Florists Weekly Wake Up

It is well known in flowery circles that, just like Dr Who, florists operate outside of the usual space-time continuum. Our days appear two and a half hours shorter than everyone else’s and we spend the majority of our time running around trying to squish everything we need to do with superhuman urgency. It is […]