Chelsea Gold Medal Winner
Floristry was never a career i had even considered whist at school. My dream had always been to become a primary school teacher, however after a week work experience in a local school i realised it was not the career for me, so I was unsure of which direction my career would go.
As a child I had always helped in the garden and always loved growing flowers, after getting a Saturday job at Eden a local flower shop my passion for flowers grew. After only a few months working there I was offered a full time job and the opportunity to study floristry at Bicton college.
I attended Bicton college and obtained my level 2 & 3 in floristry and then decided I wanted to push myself further and gain my level 4. I went on the study my level 4 at the Academy of floral art and was taught my Dutch master florist Tina Parkes who was a real inspiration to me! I completed my level 4 with distinctions and was also awarded the highest marks for this level across the country! – I got invited to an awards meal and even got presented with a trophy!
During my time studying i got bitten by the competition bug! My biggest and most prestigious being the Chelsea Young Florist of the Year where you have to qualify in regional heats and then the top 16 finalists get invited to compete in the final held at the chelsea flower show!
A Passion for Flowers
I qualified for the first time in 2011 and attended the final at the Chelsea flower show where i had to make Jockey Silks, my jockey silks soon got names Jim the Jockey by the family and Jim won me my first medal being a silver!
In 2014 i once again qualified and went on to the final where we had to design and make a floral dress for a crystal ball! The name Crystal was very quickly given to my dress as she adorned the most gorgeous swarovski crystals! For Crystal I was awarded my first gold medal!
In 2015 I went on to qualify for Chelsea once again! This time was my most challenging brief… I had to design and create a floral tree inspired my the Tulgey woods In alice in wonderland. On receiving the brief panic set in, i only had 8 weeks to make it before we had to stage them at Chelsea and after 3 weeks of thinking and panicing about it i was yet to come up with the design i wanted to make. If making a 2.5meter high and 1.5meter wide tree was hard enough – How do you even get it from Somerset to London safely?! And where was i meant to make something so big?? So after finally coming up with a design i wanted to make and A LOT of talking to Dad (whos very good in making things for me!) i eventually got my tree made in 2 pieces! So after a traumatic experience of trying to load it into a van we were finally on the road to London!
Treacle the tree as mum named it won me my second Gold medal and also won me the title of RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the year 2015! along with a record breaking score of 98 out of 100!!
So in 2016 with my passion for wedding flowers I decided after 8 years working at EDEN as a retail florist and doing a lot of the weddings, If i was going to become a specialist wedding florist and set up my own business then with my Chelsea success so fresh now was my best opportunity!
I love every day in my career and my passion for flowers drives me to produce perfection for the Bride and Groom on one of the most important days of their lives.
And one day i hope to try and qualify for chelsea again and maybe even bring home my third gold medal!