The Beginning

The Beginning

Contact Piccalily Circus at gwenythe@piccalilycircus.com

Gwenythe b. Harvey, the manager of Piccalily Circus has worked throughout New England, New York, England and Scotland since 1975. Her team has worked with brands and individuals, designing floral installations for campaigns, projects, weddings and private events and was well known for their discretion and warmth in working closely with each of their clients. From 2004 to 2014 she was the owner of The Garden Goddess Landscape Design firm. Her archival site can be viewed at www.gardengoddess.net. She takes enormous pride in the testimonials on her archival site which reflect her personal approach and level of creativity.

After visiting Vinalhaven off and on since the late 60’s, Gwenythe decided to move full time to this magical Island.

Piccalily Circus is a full service Flower Shoppe which will open its doors by appointment only on June 10th at Rose Cottage, 25 School St. in Vinalhaven. For now, appointments are suggested, so please call first. Gwenythe prefers to have on site consultations for wedding and venue design. The land line is 207-863-2338 and email is gwenythe@piccalilycircus.com

Gwenythe has an extensive background in Floral Design and is completely self taught. Gwenythe was the inspiration and creator of the very first School of Floral Design in Connecticut in the early 1980’s. Over the years she has designed the floral backdrops for many venues and is well known in Connecticut for her nature inspired designs with a specialty in Weddings.

The shop name was chosen as a nod to the Victorian circa 1877 Rose Cottage which is Gwenythe’s home. Please go to the blog at rosesatrosecottage.com (upcoming 5/30/18) to view some of her personal arrangements and decor. Gwenythe believes that with an old home you are the keeper of an archive of stories and it is a poignant joy to live in a house of history.

The name of the shoppe, Piccalily Circus, was also chosen because it is her hope that the people she has met over many years of designing will eventually find their way to Piccalily Circus at Rose Cottage to experience the magic of an Island called Vinalhaven.

The Historical concept: It is said that everyone you have ever known comes by Piccadilly Circus in London, England. It is famed for its historic structure at the intersection of three roads. Originally a round construction built in 1819 (hence the term Circus) it lost its round shape in 1886 when another road was constructed by it. The junction has been a very busy traffic interchange since construction, as it lies at the center of Theatreland and handles exit traffic from Piccadilly, which Charles Dickens, Jr. described in 1879: “Piccadilly, the great thoroughfare leading from the Haymarket and regent-street westward to Hyde Park-corner, is the nearest approach to the Parisian boulevard of which London can boast.”

Gwenythe states, “Thus, Piccadilly Circus, is in my estimation, the HEART of the world, just as the HEART of my world is Rose Cottage.”