Florist of the future fanfare
BLOOMING florist Tamika Mackrell is celebrating after winning the Interflora Australian Florist of the Future.
Tamika, who works at Floral Edge in Port Douglas, took out top spot in the under-25’s category against four national florists at the Sebel Hotel in Cairns last weekend, captivating the judges with her floral designs to win a $3000 study grant and a Waterford Crystal trophy.
“It’s really exciting to win, there was some tough competition and lots of the competitors were previous winners of the competition, which was quite daunting,” she said.
“Thankfully I stayed consistent over the five different rounds of competition, winning first in two categories, and second in the remaining three sections, to win overall.”
Tamika was flown to London last year on a $5000 Interflora scholarship to represent Australia in floristry at the World Skills International Competition, coming 13th in the world.
She now hopes to use her prize to visit Chelsea Flower Show in London to further her education in floristry.
“These competitions can offer an international pathway, and my aim is to keep competing, keep learning and improving my skills and hopefully make a name for myself as a designer one day,” she said.
BLOOMING CAREER: Tamika Mackrell won the Florist of the Future
Photo MCLEAN STEWART