Cool Places to See Flowers: Jersey Battle of Flowers


The Jersey Battle of Flowers is an annual flower festival held in the Channel Islands of Jersey, which is located between the south coast of the UK and northern France. It is held on the 2nd Thursday of August. The main attraction is the show-stopping parade of flower-covered floats. Participants create these magnificent works of art, where some are as large as 45 ft wide, in hopes of winning the coveted top prize, the “Prix d’Honneur.”

Thousands of fresh flowers, mainly chrysanthemums and asters, are used on each float to create intricate designs and patterns. The chrysanthemums are shipped from the UK and Holland, while asters are grown locally.

Here are some photos from the 2012 Jersey Battle of Flowers.

flower covered float at the Jersey Battle of Flowers 2012

Photo Credit: Flickr

flowered covered float at Jersey Battle of  Flowers 2012

Photo credit: flickr

Jersey Battle of Flowers 2012

Photo credit: flickr

Along with the floats, the Jersey Battle of Flowers also features live music, fair, dancers and other street entertainers. Since 1989, a night time “Moonlight Parade” has been dazzling spectators with brilliantly lit up floats, and ending with a large fireworks display.

flower covered float at the Jersey Battle of Flowers 2012

Photo Credit: Flickr

flower covered float at the Moonlight Parade at the Jersey Battle of flowers 2012

Photo credit: Flickr

flower covered float at the Jersey Battle of Flowers 2012

Photo Credit: Flickr

The Jersey Battle of Flowers is a popular tourist attraction, with an average of 20 000 spectators taking in the festival each year.

The parade was created in 1902 to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII. In the early days, the floats were just horse-drawn and covered in floral decorations. The “battle” refers to the tradition where people used to throw floral pieces/flowers into the crowd, prompting the crowd to fight back. This tradition has now been abandoned.

The next Jersey Battle of Flowers will take place August 8-9, 2013.

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About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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