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

RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition 2019

The second session of the week Thursday – Saturday, saw the turn of the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year competition. The 16 competitors were judged on Thursday morning and we’re delighted to announce the awards and show all the designs.

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:

Elizabeth Newcombe, Rhubarb & Bramley

Award: WINNER! Gold Medal

Alice Herrington, Amy’s Flowers, Chagford, Devon

Award: GOLD

Alicia Granell, Christchurch

Award: BRONZE

Danielle Herbert, The Flower Boutique, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes

Award: BRONZE

Ella Boardman, Flowerfair, Telford

Award: SILVER

Hannah Beckley, Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire

Award: No award given

Jodie Tremain, West Malling Flowers, West Malling, Kent

Award: SILVER-GILT

Jordan Knight, Academy of Floristry, Bournemouth

Award: SILVER

Kara Halford, Academy of Floristry, Bournemouth

Award: GOLD

Lara Thorpe, The Flower Shop, Reading

Award: SILVER

Louisa Cooper, Chasetown

Award: SILVER

Megan Ingram,CAFRE, Co. Antrim

Award: BRONZE

Robyn Longden, Ian Lloyd Events, Cheshire

Award: GOLD

Shannon Ormandy, Blossom & Birch, Ballymoney

Award: No award given

Victoria Brennan, Flowers by Ann, Co. Monaghan

Award: SILVER-GILT

Zoe Rowlinson, Fabulous Flowers, Oxford

Award: SILVER-GILT

RHS CHELSEA FLORIST OF THE YEAR – First session

Earlier in the week we saw the Over 25yrs desigsn. Staged on Sunday and displayed until Wednesday 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 Royal Crown
  • 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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