Kara wins silver at the RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year competition 2018!

by Cameron Jenkinson on Jun 15, 2018

This year the floristry theme will be 'Spring Wedding' and the Florist of the year competitors were asked to create a Floral Wedding Throne. At least 2/3 of the finished design must be a fresh flower and/or plant material. The fresh flower and/or plant material must be visually dominant.

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Kara's Throne 

How did you prepare?

I did lots of sketches of my piece initially which helped me decide which flowers I was using and took time to work out how much of each I would need. I then did as much preparation as possible with the wiring work. My cousin is a Carpenter so he helped me build the basic throne out of wood. 

How did it feel to win silver?

Lost for words. Proud to know that my hard work had paid off!

What inspired your arrangement and flower choice?
I took inspiration from the piece I made for my first heat by using the wool wrapped Alliminium in spirals. I looked at pictures of floral trends for this year.

What advice would you give to aspiring young florists?

I would definitely recommend young florists to enter because you never know how far you will get. Be organised and dead set. Don’t leave the preparation to last minute. It is a great way to link with the floristry trade and to network.

What is next for you?

My next goal is to compete in the heats in September so that I can get back to Chelsea to go for Gold next year!