Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Red Earth Flow­ers Kar­ratha owner Melissa Thomp­son has beaten hun­dreds of florists from across the coun­try and placed se­cond in Tes­se­laar Flow­ers’ 2016 Rock­Star Florists com­pe­ti­tion.

The Rock­Star Florists is Aus­tralia’s num­ber one floristry com­pe­ti­tion and at­tracts hun­dreds of na­tion­wide en­tries across three cat­e­gories — flow­ers to carry, flow­ers to wear and flow­ers to dec­o­rate.

Out of hun­dreds of en­tries, three floristry ex­perts, Holly Hip­well, Me­lanie Sta­ple­ton and Ju­lia-Rose, nar­rowed down nine fi­nal­ists in each cat­e­gory.

The win­ners were then de­cided on by the judges and a pub­lic Face­book vote.

Ms Thomp­son had en­tries in all three cat­e­gories but it was her dec­o­ra­tions at a wed­ding at Tata’s restau­rant in Point Sam­son late last year that caught the judges’ at­ten­tion. “They’ve got 17 large net­ted crab pots, so the bride came in and ba­si­cally said to us: ‘we want you to dec­o­rate out the back, this is our bud­get and we like soft pas­tel colours’ so that’s what we came up with and did the lights,” Ms Thomp­son said.

Ms Thomp­son and three other team mem­bers from Red Earth Flow­ers worked for hours in 40C heat to dec­o­rate the venue.

“We were on it for about four hours, climb­ing up lad­ders and hang­ing hun­dreds and hun­dreds and hun­dreds of flow­ers,” she said.

She made it into the fi­nals, got more than 500 likes on Face­book and then placed se­cond in the flow­ers to dec­o­rate cat­e­gory.

A florist for al­most 30 years, Ms Thomp­son said she had never en­tered the renowned com­pe­ti­tion and was ec­static when she found out she was a fi­nal­ist.

“I screamed!” she said. “I think half the shop­ping cen­tre heard.

“Just in it­self be­ing nom­i­nated was pretty huge and then to get se­cond was amaz­ing.”

Ms Thomp­son at­tributes the suc­cess to her de­sign’s orig­i­nal­ity.

“If you look at a lot of what’s on trend with flow­ers at the mo­ment, hang­ing things are huge and ... there’s a lot of florists that say ‘that’s a re­ally good idea, I’ll take that spin and do my own ver­sion of it’,” she said.

“But what we did was com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what any­body else had put in, so that prob­a­bly made ours stand out more than some of the oth­ers be­cause it is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.”

Tes­se­laar’s Rock­Star Florists com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning for the past five years, with its fol­low­ing grow­ing each year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Red Earth Flow­ers Kar­ratha on 9143 1513 or visit re­dearth­flow­

Pic­ture: Leigh Thomp­son

Melissa Thomp­son came se­cond in a na­tional floristry com­pe­ti­tion, for her dec­o­ra­tions at a Point Sam­son wed­ding.

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