Local Florist Qualifies for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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Sherrie Phelps, florist at popular local business Lily Jones Flowers, has successfully qualified for Florist of the Year 2017 at the UK’s top Horticultural Show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

To qualify, competitors were asked to Create a structural arrangement for a wedding being held at the Tate Modern Art Gallery.

Every year the RHS searches for the best floristry talent in the UK and the BFA play an essential part in this process. The BFA coordinates and organises all the heats held around the UK. The British Florist Association’s essential role continues as part of the RHS Florist advisory panel, helping from the planning stages, right the way through the setup, to the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower show in so many ways.

Sherrie’s design.

“I took my inspiration from two hearts joining to become one”, comments Sherrie.

“I started by constructing the frame from driftwood on two metal supports to form the two heart sides. Then, I wired small glass test tubes into the design as a water source for the flowers. I wove and threaded the flower stems trough the gaps in the driftwood to decorate.”

Overall, it took Sherrie approximately five days to construct the infrastructure and then a further two days to dress with the flowers and foliage.

There were 7 regional heats all over the UK and Sherrie scored enough to be selected as one of the top 16 contenders who will compete for Florist of the Years at the main event in May.

You can read more about Lily Jones Flowers in the latest edition of Quarter Life.

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