Nelson based Going Dutch Florists have this year provided the Christmas Wreath for the official residence of the Foreign Secretary. Going Dutch, who have a shop on Manchester Road, Nelson are Chelsea Gold Medal winners, Chelsea Best in Show winners, and 2010 Pendle Business Award winners.
The official wreath will be displayed on the Foreign Secretaries Official residence, Carlton Gardens. 1 Carlton House is leased from the Crown Estate by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. It is a Grade I listed building comprising state rooms, which are used for meetings, receptions and entertainment, and a self-contained two-floor residential apartment. Carlton Gardens, were built during the period 1827-1833 to designs by John Nash. Carlton Gardens became the official London residence of foreign secretaries from 1945 when it was acquired on lease from the Crown Estates for Ernest Bevin.
Commenting on being commissioned to provide the wreath Peter Boast, owner of Going Dutch said, “ We were delighted to be asked to provide the Christmas Wreath for the official residence of the Foreign Secretary. The wreath is constructed using Blue Norwegian Spruce and contains all the Christmas favourites of Cinnamon, festive dried oranges, red winter flowering Skimmia and of course holly. The local flowers are Claret Hydrangea with a hint of Blue.”
Andrew Stephenson MP, who arranged the commissioning of the wreath commented, “It’s wonderful to have a Pendle business providing the official Christmas wreath for the Foreign Secretary. When I presented Boris with the wreath he was very impressed with the design. I would like to thank Peter and all his team at Going Dutch for doing such a brilliant job.”