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Photograph Courtesy of Professor Marcel Jaspars - Marine Biodiscovery Centre

University of Aberdeen

staged by SAFAS - the Scottish Area of NAFAS

 'Far Below the Sea Blooms'
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The emotive quotation from Shelley’s poem “Ode to the West Wind” provided the initial inspiration for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) Chelsea exhibit which will this year be created by floral designers from the Scottish Area of Flower Arrangement Societies (SAFAS).    

Our title offers an opportunity to install a uniquely creative, vibrant presentation. Further inspiration evolved from the ground breaking work of marine biologist, Jacques Cousteau, who first raised awareness of the beauty; but fragility of life on our planet. In creating an artistic, innovative design, the focal areas will replicate underwater cathedrals and coral reefs, where "Far Below the Sea Blooms."

The exhibit will take its cue from nature, where vibrant, bold, rainbow colours will juxtapose with subtle tones and tints as well as highlighting the iridescence of marine life.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Logan Botanic Garden, and Threave Estate Castle Douglas (NTS) are partnering us in this project and much of the plant material used will come from these beautiful Scottish gardens, some of which are unusual. Threave Head Gardener is cultivating special material with his students for us as part of a community project.  Chelsea Gold Medal winners, Dibley’s Nurseries are also supplying some speciality plant material. The vastly exciting forms, textural and colour contrasts witnessed in marine life resembles much of the plant material the team will utilise in the exhibit. Sustainable, harvested, Orkney sea weed fertiliser has been used to propagate and grow on some of the plants being used.

                                                                     A regional garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Threave Estate Castle Douglas

The floral designers are particularly excited to be working in partnership with the Marine Biodiscovery Centre, University of Aberdeen. The chemists there are researching marine life which is yielding new drugs to combat diseases, particularly cancer. The investigative dives are on pristine coral reefs which are being carefully controlled and maintained for the future.

Marine Biodiscovery Centre


Nature conveys a strong, environmental message and the exhibit underlines that sustainable harmony is key to our survival. We will promote the fact that everyone has a responsibility to maintain this through NAFAS aims and objectives. The exhibit will feature many sustainable materials, such as Bamboo, Seacell (seaweed) Prawn/Crab, Flax and Mulberry Bark fibres. Colouring of these fibres will be achieved by using vegetable dyes.

 In Partnership with the Scottish Area of NAFAS at Chelsea 2013


Follow the SAFAS Team's progress on their Facebook page -!/SafasChelsea2013?fref=ts.


Meet the SAFAS Chelsea Team

1. Valerie Davidson – Team Leader/Designer

Linda Soutar

Fiona Dobson

Valerie Stuart

Stefa Urquhart

Moira Graham

Ann Allan

Elizabeth Forster

Margaret Scott – Caterer, SAFAS Chairman

Partners and Sponsors

SAFAS is indebted to those partnering and sponsoring the exhibit at Chelsea:

In partnership with The Purvis Group
The Purvis Group are pleased to support SAFAS for Chelsea 2013

Aberdeen & Northern Scotland Local Section of RSC happy to support SAFAS at Chelsea 2013


University of Aberdeen
Supporters and Sponsors of the SAFAS Chelsea 2013 Exhibit

Marine Biodiscovery Centre, University of Aberdeen
in partnership with the SAFAS Chelsea Team
In partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
RBGE are happy to assist SAFAS for Chelsea 2013
In partnership with the Logan Botanic Gardens
Supporting SAFAS for Chelsea 2013

A regional garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
In partnership with Threave Estate Castle Douglas
Threave Estate are pleased to partner SAFAS at Chelsea 2013


John Young happy to sponsor signage for SAFAS at Chelsea 2013

Lincsafe Health and Safety Management Service are delighted to sponsor and support the SAFAS Chelsea 2013 Team
Providing Safety PPE and offering clear and straightforward Health and Safety advice.
Country Baskets

Dibleys Nurseries are pleased to support SAFAS at Chelsea 2013

Turner-Access are happy to assist SAFAS to climb the heights at Chelsea


Just Air Plants more than happy to support SAFAS at Chelsea. Just Airplants
Briers, the specialist in gardening gloves and footwear are happy to sponsor the NAFAS Exhibit at Chelsea 2013 by providing products to assist throughout the show.
The SAFAS Chelsea Team thank Oasis for the products which will be put to good use in the exhibit.
Dobbies are delighted to support the SAFAS Chelsea Team with their exhibit.
Woodside are only too happy to supply plants for the Chelsea Team Exhibit.

Nursery Fresh are delighted to have been appointed as  the flower supplier to SAFAS who will be representing NAFAS at The Chelsea Flower Show 2013. This is the third time that Nursery Fresh has been given the honour of supplying the NAFAS main display at Chelsea. Nursery Fresh wish Valerie Davidson and her team every success for 2013 and look forward to working with them.

Super!Natural is delighted to support the SAFAS Team Energy Levels in a natural way whilst working at Chelsea.
Christine Gilbert Designs

Christine Gilbert is pleased to be supplying the SAFAS Team with bespoke jackets for Chelsea.

Dora Mack

Dora is delighted to sponsor a craft item for  the SAFAS Team.

SAFAS is grateful to these companies for their generous support


Arran Cheese Company

Walkers of Aberlour

Taylor’s of Harrogate  

SAFAS is honoured to represent NAFAS at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2013, it is over 22 years since they have done so.

As time goes on you will be able to follow our progress as further information and pictures are posted on this page.

Chelsea Team  Partners & Sponsors Heather Tours