FLORIST WINS SILVER
INTERNATIONALLY renowned flower king Matthew Landers flew the flag for Australia to scoop silver in his first Royal Horticultural Society competition.
The 29-year-old accepted a UK invitation to design a Rio Carnival-themed floral costume for the “School of the Future” challenge.
Mr Landers, of Canning Vale, was recently a guest of the UK School of Floristry, where he ran workshops featuring native flora of Australia.
The opportunity to enter a RHS competition was the icing on the cake.
“I thought feathers would be a common theme for a Rio carnival, so the focus was on creating something different with a feathery effect,” he said.
“Using translucent Perspex, we were able to create different shapes.”
UK School of Floristry students assisted in assembling the vibrant spectacle, which was recently displayed at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.
Pinky-red Gloriosa and varieties of roses were among the flowers chosen for the colourful display.
“To the students, it was just incredible to win silver; I was just grateful to have won a medal,” Mr Landers said.
Mr Landers said he was on tenterhooks waiting to hear if his score was high enough to secure a place in the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show next year.
“I had to step out of my comfort zone to meet the judges’ criteria for this challenge. I know what to expect now and I’ve learnt a lot,” he said.
“Only the top four positions go through to the Chelsea Flower Show in May and it’s between me and one other florist.”
Earlier this year, Mr Landers won his second silver award in the open floral design section of the Melbourne Flower Show.
His floristry academy in Victoria Park has grown exponentially in recent years to become the largest floristrytraining provider in WA.
Matthew Landers with his Rio Carnival costume display.