First time Chelsea competitor Jennifer Murphy walked away with a Gold Medal and the coveted title of RHS Chelsea Florist of the year. Jennifer travelled from Dunshaughlin in Ireland with all the parts of her design to compete at Chelsea. The brief was to create a chandelier to be hung at the Queen’s Jubilee dinner. The fabulous design contained 60 mini crown charms each embellished with a tiny button chrysanth to signify the Queen’s 60 year reign.
Jennifer used roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, calla lilies, phalaenopsis orchids, eryngium, and hypericum, all in reds and purples to represent the royal colours. She made metres and metres of braided and crocheted silver wire and 500 diamante pins to decorate her chandelier. The design featured large rings of test tubes which mirrored the uniformed rows of crystals on chandeliers. The design was a staggering 1.85 metres in length when complete. Jennifer said she spent many hours preparing all the wire work for the design at home and then worked all night to finish it in time for judging. The hard work and preparation was definitely worth it, Jennifer’s design was a worthy winner.
List of Medals for RHS Florist of the Year 2012
Jennifer Murphy, Flowers by Moira
Kate Bainbridge, Simply Flowers
Heather Rogers, Springbank Flowers
Julie Cambridge, Julie Cambridge Floral Design
Amy Ford, Curtis & Ford
Jillian Page, Something Special Flowers
Lisa Fowler, Eden Taunton Floral Design
Tracey Griffin, Tracey Griffin Flowers
Younghyun Kim, Writtle College
Sherrie Phelps, B1 Blooms
Lana Bates, Anastasia Flowers
Amy Curtis, Curtis & Ford
Sachiko Hojo Smale, Bicton College