What do you get when you pit ten pairs of amateur gardeners from around the world pushing their skills to the limit as they compete to create stunning, supersized floral sculptures? The Big Flower Fight, of course. Looking a bit like The Great British Bake-Off of flower sculptures, the series is co-hosted by comedians Natasia Demetriou and Vic Reeves and is strangely addictive television. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at that pitch meeting!
Filmed in what has to the most quintessentially British setting, the countryside in Kent (commonly referred to as the Garden of England), The Big Flower Fight doesn’t officially owe its existence to the likes of GBBO, The Great British Sewing Bee or The Great Pottery Thrown Down but it does sport a few elements from each of its worthy predecessors.
Co-hosts Reeves and Demetriou along with judge Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht reveal the week’s task before setting the designers off on their merry way to forage through the Flower Fight dome. Once the frame work for their creation is complete, the Flower Shop opens and a free-for-all takes place while the contestants battle it out each week with one team being named Best in Bloom while another will be sent “to the compost heap”.
While it’s oddly comforting and strangely addictive at the same time, The Big Flower Fight does have a competitive edge befitting the ultimate prize as the winning pair will, ultimately, emerge victorious from under the Flower Fight dome armed with the opportunity to display their creation at Kew Gardens. GBBO winners get a cake stand and I’m still not sure what The Great British Sewing Bee winners receive. The thought of building a sculpture to be displayed at London’s world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (Kew Gardens) is just what is needed to keep viewers coming back for the next episode.
Stress-planting at its finest, The Big Flower Fight is currently streaming on Netflix.
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