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How to create a Met Gala masterpiece in your garden with Dobbies Garden Centre

The fashion world recently witnessed a floral frenzy at the Met Gala, where stars like Zendaya, Anna Wintour, and Nicki Minaj adorned themselves with garden-inspired garments. This year’s Met Gala theme, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” and dress code, “The Garden of Time”, saw stars taking inspiration from flowers, leaves, and branches, something Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre, with stores in Gillingham and Ashford, knows a thing or two about.

Dobbies invites you to bring the magic of the Met Gala to your own garden this Spring and Summer. Here’s what Dobbies’ Plant Buyer, Nigel Lawton said about the stars’ eye-catching attire, and how you can ‘get the look’ in your garden.

Zendaya’s Roses

 Roses stole the show at the Met Gala, with Zendaya’s stunning floral headpiece showcasing the timeless beauty and essence of this classic flower. Dobbies offers a wide variety of Roses, including the popular David Austin collection and the new Dobbies Rose Aromatique. These Roses not only add elegance to your garden, but also fill the air with their enchanting scent.

“Roses are a cult classic for a reason”, says Nigel. “Their versatility allows you to create breathtaking floral  garden spaces or enjoy them as cut flowers in your home. With Dobbies selection of Roses, you can effortlessly capture the essence of Zendaya’s floral masterpiece for the Met at home.”

“Each type of Rose comes in a wide range of colours and styles, meaning there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different Roses you can grow”, comments Nigel. “At the end of the day, it’s all about your personal taste. To narrow down your options, think about what you want your Rose displays to look like, how you want them to smell, and what type of Rose would complement your other plants, garden furniture and accessories.”

Anna’s Tulips

Icon Anna Wintour was spotted at the Met Gala in an all black outfit with colourful Tulips taking centre stage. Inspired by this look, Nigel takes us through his step-by-step guide for autumn planting for spring Tulips in containers.

Nigel says, “Tulips come in a rainbow of colours. That’s why they are perfect for brightening up any space!

“The first step is choosing bulbs; pick a variety of colours, or your favourite, and store in a cold dark place until ready to plant. The next step is preparing your pot by adding stones to help water drain, followed by a good quality peat-free compost.

“Step three is to start planting. Space your bulbs 3-6 inches apart to allow room to grow and plant them at a depth of 2-3 times the height of the actual bulb.

“Finally, it comes to looking after them. Tulips like a well-drained soil and sunny spot to thrive. Check the label to find out when to expect your flowers, typically between March and June.”

Follow Nigel’s guide to build your own Tulip oasis, inspired by Anna’s Met look.

Nikki’s blooms





Nikki Minaj took the ‘Garden of Time’ dress code to the next level as she transformed herself into a bouquet. The dress resembled a beautiful seasonal garden featuring various bright hues. Nigel shares his thoughts on how to create this vibe in your garden living space.

“To turn your garden into a floral paradise, like Nikki’s look, I would reach for trustworthy Geraniums and Hydrangeas that are sure to put on an impressive display,” comments Nigel.

“Now is the perfect time to plant Geraniums (Pelargoniums). These are popular amongst avid gardeners as they provide a boost of colour throughout summer and are easy to grow and maintain. Plant Geraniums in bedding displays or in pots – these gorgeous plants look particularly effective beside Lavender.”

“With delicate flowers in shades of pink, white and blue, Hydrangeas are perfect for brightening up your garden space. They have a timeless quality which links with the ‘Garden of Time’ theme. Hydrangeas come as both shrub and climbing varieties, so every area of your outdoor space can be brought to life.”

For more floral inspiration, or to create your own ‘Garden of Time’, visit www.dobbies.com

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