British Virgin Islands
Sir Richard Branson purchased Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands, in 1978 and has since made it his home, as well as a spectacular resort for the lucky few who get to experience it. Through a series of personal connections, Maggie unexpectedly became one of those lucky few. The occasion was the inauguration of the newly rebuilt Great House, after it burned down in 2011 when it was struck by lighting from Hurricane Irene. She was hired to arrange and install new plants in the main corridor that forms the spine of the 10 sumptuous guest suites. The thing about this corridor is that there is not quite enough natural light for real plants to grow and thrive (unlike almost all of the other rooms in the house which are flooded with light from the open walls and terraces). These beautiful and high quality faux plants enliven the corridor with their textures and various shades of green. When the breeze flows through, thanks to openings at both ends of the corridor, the leaves sway and flutter gracefully.
For photos of the rest of the Great House, check out these links to recent press on its grand re-opening:
And to see some photos of the incredible wildlife that gets to call Necker Island their permanent home, check out the blog post on Echoes about Maggie's visit here.