Flower power pre­vails

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FLORIST Jap­palin Man­ning was set a chal­lenge when she was tasked with cre­at­ing a wed­ding bou­quet that would pop against the bride’s black dress and veil. Her ar­range­ment, burst­ing with red and pink, has since won her a fi­nal­ist slot in a na­tional flower com­pe­ti­tion.

BANJUP florist Jap­palin Man­ning is a fi­nal­ist in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for a wed­ding bou­quet burst­ing with red and pink, in­clud­ing roses, car­na­tions and tea tree flow­ers.

Mrs Man­ning was one of 500 en­tries to the ‘Rock­S­tar Florists’ Com­pe­ti­tion run by Mel­bourne-based na­tional flower whole­saler Tes­se­laar.

A pub­lic vote on Face­book will select three cat­e­gory win­ners and the judges will de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner.

“We first wrote about the rise of the flo­ral rock star on our blog back in 2011, and we’ve been sup­port­ing it ev­ery step of the way,” com­pe­ti­tion co-creator Sea­mus An­thony said re­fer­ring to a re­nais­sance in the floristry arena that has seen florists gain fame and for­tune thanks to their fol­low­ers on so­cial media.

Mrs Man­ning’s hand­i­work is in the Flow­ers to Carry cat­e­gory.

She submitted a photo from a wed­ding shoot with a brides­maid dressed in a black knee-length Jonte De­signs dress the bride was in a black gown with black veil so the flow­ers had to ‘pop’ to colour against the gowns.

Mrs Man­ning moved her Flower Talk busi­ness to the 5-acre prop­erty in Banjup with a stu­dio and work­shop nearly two years ago and hopes to of­fer train­ing work­shops in the fu­ture.

She started out as an in-house florist for Coles in Boor­a­goon and through her busi­ness now spe­cialises in wed­ding and cor­po­rate flower ar­range­ments.

Cur­rent trends in­clude a de­sire among brides for pe­onies - which she gets from as far as New Zealand - and David Austin roses to cre­ate bou­quets that feel like they’ve been picked from the gar­den, she said.

Fol­low Tes­se­laar Flow­ers to vote.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462230

Florist Jap­palin Man­ning.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462230

Florist Jap­palin Man­ning is a fi­nal­ist in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for a wed­ding bou­quet she put to­gether.

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