The BFA Young Florist of the Year qualifying heat was held at Tatton Flower Show last week. Four talented finalists will now go through to the final at Fleurex which takes place in October. Competitors had to create four innovative designs live in front of visitors, within set timescales.
They made a body accessory, hand-tied design, free expression piece and a surprise item all inspired by their theme.
Charlotte Baker was the overall winner of the competition. Her vibrant designs used flowers in cerise, purple and oranges. Her free expression piece was an impressive structure made with perspex circles holding the flowers. She used light bulbs and martini glasses as containers.
Sophie Watton created a screen for her free expressive piece using used vivid gloriosa, callas, craspedia and gerberas in her designs.
Many competitors made a necklace design for their body adornment piece. Victoria Richards created a modern take on an Elizabethan collar, in vibrant colours with striped fabric, coloured wires and flowers glued on.
Kirsty Berridge made a beautiful necklace design for her body adornment piece. She used phalaenopsis orchids, de-constructed gloriosa, craspedia and hypericum in her design. Kirsty also included some lovely hand braided textiles in her piece.
Congratulations to all the finalists, I think you produced some gorgeous designs.