Florist wins medal for dis­play

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives -

A florist has se­cured a bronze medal for her dec­o­ra­tive Brazil­ian head­dress which was dis­played at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

El­louise Hasley-Stott en­tered the Young Florist of the Year com­pe­ti­tion at the show, which is mark­ing the Queen’s 90th birth­day this year.

The task was to cre­ate a head­dress which could be worn at a Brazil­ian car­ni­val, and El­louise created a stun­ning de­sign with colour­ful flow­ers and plants.

It took her four weeks to work on and she ded­i­cated a to­tal of more than 100 hours, earn­ing praise from judges about the high level of tech­nique and de­sign re­quired.

She works at Linda’s Florist in the High Street in Ash­ford and was at­tend­ing the flower show for the sec­ond time.

She said: “It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and had such a great at­mos­phere. I was there on press day and got to see the Queen and the Royal fam­ily mix and min­gle with the celebri­ties.

“I love do­ing com­pe­ti­tion work and see­ing how the brief can be viewed dif­fer­ently by so many peo­ple with their own take on it.

“It tests you to cre­ate pieces which you wouldn’t nor­mally dream of. It was amaz­ing to be re­warded by achiev­ing medals at the most pop­u­lar flower show in the world.”

El­louise had al­ready beat com­pe­ti­tion in the na­tion­wide heats of the com­pe­ti­tion in or­der to re­ceive her in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend.

Bri­tish Florist As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Tracy Tom­lin­son said: “Th­ese com­peti­tors have com­peted at the high­est level. The RHS Chelsea com­pe­ti­tion is the piv­otal mo­ment of a florist’s career and the BFA is proud to help them achieve this goal.”

El­louise Hasler-Stott at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.