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To commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Royal Parks has teamed up with its contractors to install a magnificent floral crown on the north side of the lake in St James's Park, just past West Island.

The crown is a floral replica of the St Edward's Crown that was used in the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation ceremony on 2 June 1953.

The floral crown on its red cushion of 7,500 plants

The crown will be carefully looked after by skilled gardeners working for The Royal Parks and the plants will be kept healthy with water supplied from the park's borehole.

The main sponsor of the floral crown is our facilities management partner Vinci Facilities. Other sponsors include The Royal Parks' landscape maintenance contractors: Enterprise, Veolia, Turfsoil and Merediths, The Royal Parks' Nursery managers.

Making of the floral crown

The 4 metre high and 2.5 metre wide planted floral crown took five weeks to construct and weighs approximately five tonnes. It is supported by a steel framework that took four weeks to construct and the 13,500 Kernock Park plants, grown in Cornwall, took a week to put in place.

The crown sparkles with the brilliant foliage of 13,500 plants in the colours of the coronation crown's sapphires, tourmalines, amethysts, topazes, citrines and gold. The crown will even sit on a plump red cushion of 7,200 plants and measures 4.5 metres by 4.5 metres.

Types of plants used in the making of the crown

The type of plants used in the making of the crown are:

  • Alternanthera lehmannii Gold-Green
  • Alternanthera lehmannii Bright Red
  • Alternanthera lehmannii Dark Purple
  • Alternanthera lehmannii Yellow-Green
  • Echeveria elegans (common name 'Hens and Chicks')
  • Echeveria glauca (common name 'Hens and Chicks')
  • Helichrysum ambiguum Korma
  • Sedum pachyclados (common name 'Stonecrop')
  • Sedum spathulifolium Cape Blanco (common name 'Stonecrop')
  • Sempervivum Standard Green (common name 'House Leeks')
  • Sempervivum tectorum Rubin (common name 'House Leeks').

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