Flower power takes Jil­lian to sil­ver suc­cess

Chelsea medal for tal­ented florist

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray is cel­e­brat­ing this week af­ter home-grown tal­ent Jil­lian Page added a fifth medal to her col­lec­tion from the world’s most pres­ti­gious flower show.

Florist Jil­lian from Some­thing Spe­cial Flow­ers in the Wellmeadow won a sil­ver medal at the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s Chelsea Flower Show this week.

Jil­lian was com­pet­ing in the Florist of the Year cat­e­gory against 15 of the best in the busi­ness from across the UK, and was the only Scottish florist to be rep­re­sented in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The winners were an­nounced on Tues­day morn­ing just as the Blairie was go­ing to press, and so­cial me­dia was flooded with mes­sages of congratulations for Jil­lian from hun­dreds of well-wish­ers in the town.

An emo­tional Jil­lian thanked ev­ery­one for their sup­port, com­ment­ing that it had been “ex­haust­ing but 100 per cent worth it”.

The tal­ented Rat­tray woman has pre­vi­ously won four medals - in­clud­ing a gold for her stun­ning cre­ation of a gown to be worn at a fan­tasy crys­tal ball - on the two oc­ca­sions she’s en­tered the pre­mier league RHS com­pe­ti­tion in the past.

Three years on from her last ap­pear­ance in London, Jil­lian won the Scottish heats, which were held in Glas­gow back in March, and se­cured a place in Chelsea again.

The brief for the com­pe­ti­tion was to make a free-stand­ing flo­ral struc­ture for a wed­ding, with the venue be­ing the Tate Mod­ern gallery.

The theme at Chelsea this year is ‘Sum­mer Skies’ and the florists were asked to cre­ate a large kite in flow­ers and fo­liage.

Be­fore head­ing off to London, Jil­lian ex­plained: “My kite is quite sub­stan­tial, more than a me­tre high and nearly two me­tres in length.

“I have been work­ing on it for weeks. It is based on a cross of cop­per pip­ing, with chicken wire, decorative wire and wool as a back­ing. The flo­ral parts are added at the show.”

She went on: “Part of the rea­son I en­tered again was down to the sup­port I got from the town.

“In pre­vi­ous years it felt like ev­ery­body in Blair­gowrie was get­ting be­hind me and I think it is good for the town to have some­thing pos­i­tive to get be­hind.

“The sup­port from ev­ery­one once again has been over­whelm­ing and gen­uinely means so much, it keeps me go­ing when I need it!

“Chelsea is al­ways such a great event, it is so in­spir­ing to see ev­ery­one’s work and creativ­ity, tal­ent and com­mit­ment, and how tech­niques and de­sign have de­vel­oped.”

Tal­ented Jil­lian has now won a to­tal of five medals at the Chelsea Flower Show

Fly­ing high Jil­lian with her award-win­ning de­sign

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