We are delighted to announce that the 2011 Interflora Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future Grand Finals are to be held within the British Florist Association Marquee at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2011.
Since November 2009 four sets of thrilling regional competition heats have seen Interflora florists from across the UK and Ireland demonstrate their skills within the theme ‘The Wedding.’ An exceptional level of floristry skill and creativity was demonstrated across all heats as entrants went head to head with their bridal creations, which included elaborate table designs, body adornments, bridal designs and stunning fascinators for the mother of the bride.
Twenty two of the highest scoring finalists from across the UK and Ireland have now qualified for this summer’s Grand Finals and are a combination of some of the best established names in the industry and exciting new talent emerging to make their name.
The competitions will culminate in a series of designs presented by each competitor, some made before the show and others created during the weekend, under timed conditions in front of visitors to the RHS Tatton Flower Show.
Nick Priest, Interflora’s Florist Segment Director said, “Our return to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show this summer promises an impressive Grand Final on an equally prestigious stage. The Interflora Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future competitions are a great way for us to encourage and celebrate the creativity of our florists, as well as ensuring that we continue to foster new talent within the industry. We all look forward to seeing the depth of design and skill, which distinguishes our florists, on display at this year’s finals”.
For over fifty years the finest Interflora florists have been competing for the premier accolade of Interflora Florist of the Year. Seen as a pinnacle of achievement and a great stepping stone towards future accomplishment, previous winners such as David Denyer, David Ragg and Neil Whittaker have gone on to international success in other competitions within the industry.
Open to up and coming florists who have had four years or less floristry experience, the Interflora Florist of the Future Competition acts as a platform and nurtures fresh talent to learn new design styles and gain competitive experience.
Florist of the Year Competitors
Clare Allen – Skipps Florist, Biggleswade
Sarah Horne – Sarah Horne Flowers, Leamington Spa
Jenny Murphy – Flowers by Moira, Dunshaughlin
Rebecca Hayles – Kanes Quality Florist, Croydon
Helen Pannitt – Helen James Flowers, Harrogate
Neil Whittaker – The Design Element, Irlam
David Gough – Plantation, Helensburgh
Tracey Griffin – Sandra’s Florist, Holbury
Caroline Nicholls – Wigmore Florist, Gillingham
Amy Curtis Whitfield -The Sodbury Florist, Chipping Sodbury
Anita Davis – A.J. Guttridge, Porthcawl
Florist of the Future Competitors
Amy Richardson – Perry Florist, Harpenden
Clare Levitt – Dandelyons, Ware
Laura Dring – Greycourts Florists, Kempston
Charlotte Baker – Hubbard’s Florist, Coventry
Karen Sherwin – George Preston, Newry
Maxine Smith – Peter and Margaret, Bolton
Samantha Kennedy – S. Kennedy Florist, Largs
Anneka Brown – Merrygardens, Deal
Hannah Barlow – The Sodbury Florist, Chipping Sodbury
June White – Bouquets, Newton Abbott
Charlotte Cooke – Hilary’s Four Seasons, Abergavenny
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