RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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Check out our latest blog in which Katie gives us the low down on both the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year & the RHS Chelsea Young florist of the Year. I think you’ll agree that some of these designs are truly stunning!

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2017
Brief: Summer Skies
Winner: Victoria Clemson

The winner of the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2017 competition went to Victoria Clemson, and my goodness she deserved it. Her first time at Chelsea, Vicky’s breath-taking design was lightweight and visually intricate, and reflected the natural flow of a kite in the summer sky.

She researched the origin of the kite and used this knowledge as a base. Kites date back to 546AD in China, where materials ideal for kite building were readily available, for example silk and bamboo which have been extensively used in Vicky’s design.

Vicky explains: “A key component of my design is the incorporation of silk threads. I chose to utilise this material to further enhance the historic heritage of the kite. Due to its nature, silk embroidery threads are also lightweight and available in a multitude of colours, again endorsing them as suitable for my design.”

A whopping 1000 craspedia were used in the kite, while phalaenopsis orchids and bromeliad foliage were chosen because of their Chinese origin. Additionally, long lasting, lightweight and texturally interesting plant materials have also been used. Vicky explains: “The colour harmony of these materials depicts the hues transcended through the summer sky between sunrise and sunset.”

When we asked how she was feeling about her win, Vicky said: “It’s not often I don’t have much to say, but I’m speechless!” Vicky is starting a new job with Neill Strain in a couple of weeks and we wish her the best of luck. Well done Vicky!!

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RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year 2017
Brief: Kites
Winner: Hannah-Mae Lane 

The standard of this year’s RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year competition was outstanding. All of the pieces the competitors produced were stunning: but of course, there can only be one winner!

Hannah-Mae Lane, who works at Hilary’s Floral Design in Abergavenny is a first timer at Chelsea, but you wouldn’t have thought it by looking at her piece. Beautifully executed, the kite was made up of a series of different sized rings, with the colours ranging from purple through to yellow.

Hannah explains: “My inspiration came from Dream Catchers, which are very close to my heart. I wanted to do something that was unique and different, and I think I’ve achieved that.”

The amount of varieties of flowers that Hannah utilised was vast, including ranunculus, Vanda orchids, Dendrobium orchids, Phalaenopsis orchids, craspedia, scabious stella, Viking santini, kalanchoe, chrysanthemum, hypericum, String of Pearls senecio, skeletonised leaves, stachy keaves, spray roses and ornithogalum.

“Words can’t describe how I’m feeling, I honestly didn’t expect to come this far and do this well. It’s my first competition – I’ve never done anything like this before. This win really does mean the world to me,” says Hannah when asked about her accolade. Well done Hannah!!

Hannah Mae Lane

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