The new vase, from Moorcroft designer Nicola Slaney, is called Chelsea’s Choice and celebrates the snow-white hydrangea that was awarded ‘Plant of the Year’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018. Chelsea’s Choice launches at the 2019 show, which takes place from May 21 to May 25.
The vase is available in a limited edition of only 35 pieces. Measuring seven inches high and three inches across at the base, it comes in a brand new bulbous shape inspired by the shape of a bulb itself, complete with wide shoulders and body to hold the intricate detail of the award-winning hydrangea. Nicola lifted the delicate lace cap white flowers and placed them onto an ink-coloured dark background for a dramatic contrast.
Each piece will include Nicola’s designer monogram and full signature, along with all Moorcroft backstamps of authenticity and the Royal Horticultural Society’s backstamp to show its official seal of approval.
The vase will be displayed on the Moorcroft stand at the RHS Chelsea Show alongside other Moorcroft collaborations with the RHS, including the recent RHS Beatrix Stanley Collection, which features designs based on the floral watercolour studies of the gardener and painter Lady Beatrix Stanley. The vase will appear on the Moorcroft website from that week and at May Open Weekend at the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre.
Moorcroft director of legal & marketing Catherine Gage said: “The gorgeous snow-white hydrangea that was chosen as the 2018 Plant of the Year has inspired one of Nicola Slaney’s finest designs. We are delighted that Chelsea’s Choice is to be launched at RHS Chelsea 2019.”
RHS licensing manager Cathy Snow added: “With its inaugural use of a brand new vase shape and the inspiration gained from an RHS award-winning plant, this is a vase design that sets the bar high – and effortlessly meets it. This memorable design from a valued RHS partner will no doubt be a major talking point among all lovers of both art pottery – and beautiful plants – at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”