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6 ways to display flowers on your yacht

6 ways to display flowers on your yacht

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Flowers for the saloon & lobby: Theming your yacht

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A floral display for the saloon of superyacht Lionheart created by Tina Green

Interior designer and superyacht owner Lady Tina Green reveals the secrets behind the stunning floral displays she has perfected for superyachts – thanks to spending more than half her life at sea.

Ever since I was a child living in Japan and my mother taught me ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), flowers have been a passion of mine. We are a very flowery family: I have arranged them all my life, as have my kids; my parents loved them, my house is always full of them, and I believe that no table or room on board a superyacht is complete without them.

There is no excuse for omitting flowers from your life or your boat; it is not about money – one flower or a potted plant is often enough – it is about time and effort. I find them immensely calming and they always give a room a feeling of freshness and homeliness. Usually, I start with white and build upwards. Here are my suggestions for a few ways of introducing flowers on board.

Flowers for the saloon & lobby: Theming your yacht

It is really important to hold your floral theme across the whole yacht, otherwise it will feel schizophrenic. For Lionheart we had a white theme and we focused on different heights to keep the eye busy and add a sense of drama. The look is a modern one that accentuates the height of our ceilings, because I wanted to make a statement when yacht guests entered; the flowers are the same in every room, but we arranged them slightly differently, so as to avoid being too “matchy matchy”. I prefer to keep to one colour and mix shades so as to not have too much going on.

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Flowers for a big yacht lunch: Hanging garden

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Floral displays for a lunch aboard superyacht Lionheart created by Tina Green

This arrangement was done last year for a yacht lunch party of about 100 during the Monaco Grand Prix, when we always host friends onboard our superyacht Lionheart for about six days in a row. We went for a mélange of phalaenopsis (pale and dark pink orchids), lilac and pink hyacinths, hydrangeas in pale lilac, pale pink antique roses, long hanging dendrobium and a few freesias.

Hanging gardens are a great way of making your yacht stand out, and making the most of the space. It took us a long time to perfect the art of camouflaging the chicken wire (using little hooks discreetly hidden in the ceiling) and timings are crucial: there is no water in a hanging garden, obviously, and so they have to be done overnight.

All my flowers are done by Michelle, who has been with us for 14 years. The first table she arranged for me was full of oranges and pinks and was very overdone. I said: “Take it away, I think I am going to be sick.” She thought I was an ogre! But she quickly learned my style and is still with us after all these years! We spend a lot of time and have a lot of fun, planning down to the last detail.

Michelle is available for onboard crew training and floral arrangements: michelle@greenandmingarelli.com

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Flowers for the yacht bathrooms & bedrooms: Intimate details

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A floral display for a superyacht bathroom created by Tina Green

I always match the flowers in the yacht's bedroom and the bathroom as I like symmetry; they don’t have to be set in the same way, but the colours and the theme will always match so there is a feeling of cohesion. For this set, we used tuberoses, calla lilies and thai orchids, and made sure there were plenty of candles.

I change the flowers in the bedrooms and bathrooms once a week and if we go on a big trip and I know it will be hard to source flowers locally, I tend to use potted flowers and plants, and then gather any local flora and fauna, shells, leaves etc.

Very occasionally I will use fake flowers, but you have to be careful or they can look naff. Generally, when it comes to fake ones, less is more.

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