The heat was definitely on at this year’s Florist of the Future competition, despite the chilly November weather and we are delighted to announce the finalists who have made it through to next year’s grand final.
For florists with less than 4 years of experience, the Florist of the Future competition is a fantastic way for them to showcase their talents at a professional level.
This year’s theme for the regional heats was ‘naturally inspired’ and each florist was tasked with creating an original bridal design, a small floral tree and a surprise item in the final round.
The Grand Final will be held at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park on July 25th to 28th 2013.
Rebecca Hough of A Secret Garden, Hartlepool
Rebecca has only been working in the floristry industry for 18 months but already she has had a number of successes in the professional competition circuit, including Best in Show at College Stand at Tatton Park 2012 and Best in Show at Harrogate Flower Show 2012. Her ambition is to become a teacher in floristry at Houghall College and she has really enjoyed the experience that the Florist of the Future competition has given her.
Amy Manley of Hubbards, Coventry
Despite not getting a wink of sleep before the competition, Amy wowed the judges with her tree design and has now made it to the finals. Battling traffic and nerves, Amy created a stunning piece and definitely recommends the experience to anyone looking to enter professional level competitions. She says, “It gives you a tremendous opportunity and really boosts your confidence. Although, my biggest fear was that my tree would fall over in my car!”
Sophie Watton of Bleujen Florist, Bude
Sophie has worked as a professional florist for three years. She won this year’s BFA Young Florist of the Year and she is due to compete in Euroflowers Young Florist of the Year in Croatia in 2013. With so much going on Sophie just had time to give this advice to would-be competitors; “Go for it! My boss is very inspirational and pushes me to always keep trying. When entering a competition like this it is important to remember that you can do it if you put your mind to it.”
Ana Mitchell of Wine & Roses, Cardiff
Ana has recently completed her level 3 in floristry and is already setting her sights on levels 4 and 5 as well. She loves what she does and grew up in a house filled with flowers – so it is clear to see where she gets her inspiration from. Ana says, “I was very happy, relieved and exhausted when I won but it was a fantastic experience.”
Sandrie Pindcon of Rushes, Hammersmith
Sandrie came to Britain to study floristry as part of her prize as winner of the French Skills Show. In just over 18 months she has made a name for herself in the industry and is now one of the finals for Florist of the Future. She says, “My ambition is to travel and do lots more competitions so I can continuously learn and improve. My advice for anyone looking to enter a competition like this is to always create with passion and determination.”
Adrienne Szentgali of Flowers by Lynda, Greystones
With almost 5 years of floristry experience behind her, Adrienne continues to compete in competitions across the country as she believes they are the best way to learn. Despite her floral tree design nearly collapsing, her designs won over the judges and secured her a place in the finals. Her greatest ambition is to one day open her own flower shop and she says that competing in competitions such as Florist of the Future is the best way to get there!
Sandra Kennedy of Petals Flowers, Glasgow
This was Sandra’s first competition and she definitely pulled out all the stops to earn her place in the finals. Having worked in floristry for 2 years, her passion for the craft was evident in her designs, combining creative skill with technical ability. Sandra says, “I got tremendous feedback and this has really encouraged me. It’s good for florists to develop and be inspired, especially with weddings being very fashionable these days.”
Isabel Garbett of Herbarium, Aldridge
At just 18 years of age, Isabel has already competed in some of the world’s top floristry competitions, including the World Skills UK contest. Starting out with a Saturday job cleaning vases, Isabel was given the task of creating two bouquets one day and hasn’t looked back since. She says, “I’d like to do a course at the Covent Garden Flower School and enter as many competitions as I can. Floristry is all about instincts and the best way to go forward is to trust them.”
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