RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition 2019 - British Florist Association

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition 2019

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition is held in the heart of the world’s most famous flower show, within the Great Pavilion. This showcase of exceptional skills of professional florists always leaves the Chelsea visitors in awe. The 32 florists across two sessions will be representing British Floristry to the 100,000’s and the millions that watch the coverage on Monday evening. If you missed that show CLICK HERE to view it. The crowns are featured around 20mins in.

SCHEDULE – Royal Floral Crown

This year the floristry theme will be ‘‘Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration’’ and the Florist of the year competitors were asked to create a Royal Floral Crown. At least 2/3 of the finished design must be fresh flower and/or plant material. The fresh flower and/or plant material must be visually  dominant.

Full details:

Friday 24th May 2019 marks the 200th year since the birth of Queen Victoria. To commemorate this occasion, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 floristry competitions’ theme will be ‘Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration’ and we ask you to create a Royal Floral Crown.

THE COMPETITORS:

WINNER: Helen Pannitt, Helen James Flowers, Harrogate

Award: Gold

Helen photographed with Sir Nicholas Bacon President of the RHS, shortly after he presented her with her trophy.

Ann Kirkwood, The Woodshed Flowers, Derry

Award: Silver Gilt

Anna Slade, The Flower Shack, Topsham, Devon

Award: Silver

Anna Whysall, Anne Whysall Florist.

Award: Silver

Dean Sharpe, Dean Sharpe FS, Shepherds Bush

Award: Silver Gilt

Emma Keeler, Sonning Flowers, Reading, Berkshire

Award: Silver

Helen Joyce, By Arrangment Florist Ltd, Westbourne, Dorset

Award: Silver Gilt

Jacalyn Arscott, Cottage Flowers, Ilminster, Somerset

Award: Bronze

(Jacalyn was represented by her mum and sister, as she is due to give birth any day! She found out she was pregnant the same day as she learnt she was a finalist for the RHS Chelsea FOY Competition.)

Jackie Le Jehan, Farnham

Award: Silver

Katerina Holisova, Manchester

Award: Silver

Lucinda Knapman

Award: Bronze

Pippa Craigen, Clamgate

Award: Silver

Tina Pound, Telford Florist, Telford, West Midlands

Award: No medal awarded

Trudie Easton, Kent

Award: No medal awarded

Trudy Holt, By Arrangement Florist Ltd, , Westbourne, Dorset

Award: Bronze

Victoria Clemson

Award: No medal awarded

RHS YOUNG CHELSEA FLORIST OF THE YEAR – Second session

After staging Wednesday night the Royal Floral Crowns created by our under 25yrs will be on display until Saturday Evening.  

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Other essential info the competitors need to bear in mind!

Staging:

  • The competitors staged their display on white plinths supplied by the RHS 60cm wide x 60cm deep x 100cm tall. If the competitors wanted additional support for their crown, they could supply this as they wished.
  • Inspiration can be taken from any aspect of the theme for a Roya lCrown
  • Exhibits will be judged from all angles

Whilst this years design may not be as large as last years Floral Thrones, it’s a challenge that requires exceptional skill, non the less! As any one that follows the RHS Chelsea FOY competition knows it’s always a thought provoking and interesting schedule, but this year seems like it’ll test the innovation and skills of the countries best competitive florists especially as the crown will be worn in judging!

We wish all the competitors the very best of luck.

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How did they get to compete in the competition?

The finalists gained the highest points in the country following heats held throughout the UK organised by the BFA

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