Posted on 29 May 2018
Floristry students from Merrist Wood College recently took part in ‘The RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year’ competition, run in association with the British Florist Association (BFA). The finalists were entered to stage their displays at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show after gaining the highest points in the country at BFA heats held throughout the UK.
The two categories at the show this year were ‘RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year’ for those aged 16 to 25, and ‘RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year’ for those aged 26 and over. This year Merrist Wood College had two competitors in the under 25s category and one competitor in the over 25s category. Emily Casey, 24, Laura Spackman, 25, and Pippa Craigen, 52, are all currently completing their Level 5 Masters Diploma in Floristry at the College.
This year the theme of the competition was 'Spring Wedding' and competitors were tasked with creating a Floral Wedding Throne. At least two thirds of the finished design had to be visually dominant fresh flower and/or plant materials, and throne had to occupy a maximum space of 1m wide by 1m deep and 2.5m in height.
Laura entered the competition with her employer, The Secret Garden, and was awarded Silver for her display, and Pippa entered the competition with the College and was awarded a Bronze medal.
The British Florist Association commented: “The RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition is always a thought provoking and interesting schedule, but this year seems like it'll test the innovation and creativity of the country’s best competitive florists more than most.”
Well done to all who took part!
To find out more about our Floristry programmes, visit our Floristry subject area.
Pippa Craigen's 'Florist of the Year' entry - awarded Bronze
Laura Spackman's 'Young Florist of the Year' entry - awarded Silver
Emily Casey's 'Young Florist of the Year' entry