RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year competition

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At this year’s RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year competition 3 out of the 14 competitors were Strelitzia users.

The brief this year was to create a Spring Wedding Throne, and the official schedule states that fresh flower and/ or plant material must be visually dominant and make up at least 2/3 of the finished design. There was also a nod to designs being eco-friendly.

Here are the competitors and information about their amazing thrones:

Emily Hepworth from Persephone Violet: Silver Medal

“The stags head was the starting point to my piece, following recent wedding trends that I’ve seen. I wanted the rest of the throne to be natural, so as to show off the flowers in their natural state.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the brief, more so than last year. I’m really happy with my finished throne and delighted to receive a Silver Medal.”


Robyn Longden from Ian Lloyd Events: Silver Medal

“My colour theme came from my love of rose gold. I found it fitting for a wedding throne with whites peaches and pinks complementing it. The throne itself is made out of clear acrylic which gave the piece an overall throne like structure.

“My experience of Chelsea this year to say the least was stressful! However, it’s always a proud moment to see your finished work on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”

Ian Lloyd reviews Strelitzia


Jodie Tremain from West Malling Flowers: Bronze Medal

“I’m a bit of a blue girl, which is why I went for blues. I complemented this with purples, whites and greens, and used varieties of flowers that I like.

“The Chelsea experience was scary but so fun. I made the throne completely out of scratch and used a mixture of reclaimed wood and MDF.”

West Malling reviews Strelitzia


Fancy taking part in Chelsea 2019? The BFA are holding heats from June to September this year.

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