British Flower Associations regional heats for entrance to Chelsea Flower Show

May 8, 2013

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Emma entered the BFA’s regional heat, the winner would be exhibiting at The Chelsea Flower Show and she came 2nd!!!

Last week I entered the BFAs competition where the winner would be exhibiting their floristry at the Chelsea Flower Show. There was some incredible pieces entered into the competition, and I was so proud to receive second place! The brief was to design a  bouquet a Chelsea gardener would carry on their wedding day.  I decided to create a contorted willow frame for the bridal piece with bulbs of muscari suspended on the trail in woven baskets. using an old corn dolly weaving technique I was able to hold the bulbs in place without damaging there feathery roots.   Above the trail I clustered together “Amnesia” roses, cut muscari, bronze cymbidium orchids,silver eryngium and anemones. My idea was to create a design where the gardener could plant a lot of the bouquet back into their garden. The willow was used to symbolise the activity of a garden both above and below the surface.  I was absolutely thrilled to be placed second as an absolute hero of the flower world came first Neil Whittaker NDSF AIFD FSF (check out the letters behind his name….basically spell out flower genius :))  The whole experience was exciting and rewarding and although there was no entry to Chelsea for second place, I have won a great sense of achievement and a thirst for more competing! So congratulations to Neil and I hope he goes on to get gold at Chelsea and many thanks to the BFA for a really wonderful evening.  See you all next year.