Interflora at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Bethany Day on May 17, 2014

We’re delighted to be back at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a beautiful exhibit that’s designed to wow the crowds.

‘Succession’ will consist of five wire canopy frames each individually designed and adorned with beautiful flowers falling in the colour palettes of pinks, oranges and yellows. Common features connect the frames giving the exhibit a clean, fresh and cohesive appearance.

The exhibit will be created by a team of five young florists aged from 21 to 27 years, who were all selected for their passion, floristry skills and expertise.

Interflora Chelsea Flower Show

All team members are award winning florists in their own right, but have been brought together, under the guidance of experienced floral design David Ragg, to showcase the best that Interflora can offer.

Meet the team behind the design…

Rebecca Hough, County Durham

Rebecca has been working in floristry for over four years and during this time studied for her Level 2 and 3 in Floristry, gaining a distinction in both. Rebecca was encouraged to enter floristry competitions by her college tutors as a way of encouraging her to gain experience and confidence. Since then, she has never looked back!

In 2013 she won Interflora’s Florist of the Future and won a Silver medal in the RHS Young Chelsea Florist competition. She also won first place and Best in Show for the past two years at the Harrogate Flower Show and competed as part of the college team at RHS Tatton Park where they won Best in Show.

Amy Manley, Coventry

Amy has been working in floristry for four years and is extremely passionate about expressing her creativity in the form of new floral designs.

Amy won second place at Interflora’s Florist of the Future competition in 2012. She also competed at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year (2013) in the RHS Young Chelsea Florist category and achieved a Silver-Gilt medal.

Charlotte Cook, Abergavenny

Charlotte started her floristry career in 2006, aged 19 when her Mother, Hilary, started up Hilary’s Floral Design.

In 2009, Charlotte competed and won UK World Skills at Tatton Park, which was her first major competition. She went on to compete at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 and 2011 winning Bronze for her Jockey Silk. At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 Charlotte won Silver for her Chandelier and came third in Interflora’s Florist of the Future competition in 2012. Charlotte has recently competed at the senior level for Interflora Florist of the Year 2013.

Paula McLagen, Blairgowrie

Paula works at a small town florist, owned by Paula’s Aunty and Uncle. Paula started working there as a Saturday girl in 2001 before she became a full-time member of staff when she left school in 2005. Paula is now a Senior Florist following years of in-house training.

Paula entered her first floristry competition, the RHS Young Chelsea Florist in 2011 just to gain some experience in competition work and ended up qualifying and going on to win a Silver-Gilt medal at the finals in 2012. Paula then re-entered the competition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year and won a Gold medal and the title of the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the year 2013.

Sophie Watton, Bude

Sophie started working as a florist at Bleujen in 2009. Inspired by the more unusual flowers and designs, she also has a love for country chic creations. Since working at Bleujen, Sophie has studied at Duchy College and gained her Level 2 in Floristry. She has also completed her NVQ Level 3 apprenticeship through the shop.

Sophie keeps herself very busy by competing in various floristry competitions across the country. She won a Bronze medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 and has won the regional heats for Interflora’s Florist of the Future competition. Sophie also represented the UK at an international competition – Eurofleurs in Split, Croatia – and gained 6th place.

If you’re lucky enough to be attending this year’s show, visit us in the Great Pavilion, stand number E17.


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