Flo­ral fever

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - by DONNA-MARIE MILNE

LO­CAL florist Tamika Mackrell is this week com­pet­ing to be­come Florist of the Year at the pres­ti­gious In­ter­flora Floristry De­sign awards.

Held an­nu­ally, In­ter­flora’s floristry de­sign com­pe­ti­tion re­ceives in­dus­try ac­claim from florists and ma­jor in­dus­try play­ers alike, and al­lows bud­ding florists to show­case their tal­ents and de­vel­op­ing tech­niques.

Tamika, 21, who works at Flo­ral Edge in the Port Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre, was judged 13th in the world for floristry last year and beat off tough state com­pe­ti­tion to be awarded Un­der 25 Florist of the Year for Queens­land to earn the right to com­pete for the na­tional ti­tle.

“I al­ways get re­ally ner­vous be­fore com­pe­ti­tions, but I re­ally en­joy the op­por­tu­nity to be cre­ative and use my own de­sign flair, es­pe­cially as In­ter­flora sup­plies the best of all ma­te­ri­als,” Tamika said.

“The theme for the com­pe­ti­tion is Bol­ly­wood, which I en­vis­age to be bright, bold, elab­o­rate and com­pletely over the top.

“We have to cre­ate a grand en­trance arch, a bou­quet for the bride to hold and some­thing for the grand ta­ble - ev­ery­thing is elab­o­rate and no ex­pense is spared. “I re­ally hope the judges like my de­signs.” Tamika even­tu­ally hopes to fur­ther ex­pe­ri­ence and learn from the floristry world in Europe, be­fore one day open­ing her own busi­ness.

“I’d love to take part in Chelsea Flower Show some day, which is the big­gest event in the busi­ness,” she said.

The floristry awards will be held to­day and to­mor­row at the Sebel Cairns and Tamika said re­gard­less of the out­come, her pas­sion for the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to flour­ish.

“I love my job, I get to in­ter­act with lots of peo­ple and share in spe­cial mo­ments,” she said.

“Ev­ery­body loves flow­ers, and that knock on the door when they arrive - flow­ers make peo­ple happy.”

BRIGHT FU­TURE: florist Tamika Mackrell

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