Friday 23 May 2014
Daisy Ellen Burgoyne, 22, from Flowers at Frosts in Milton Keynes has been crowned winner of the RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year 2014 award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments.
The competition required florists aged 16-25 to design and create a ‘fantasy floral dress’, to be worn at a crystal themed ball, with the criteria stating that two thirds of the dress should be made from fresh flowers and plant materials. With a number of stunning creations catching the judges’ eye, Daisy saw off stiff competition from some of the most talented young florists in the UK to take the crown with her intricate and creative design.
A select panel including RHS judges and judges from the UK Floristry Judges Guild, looked for originality of design, creativity and colour composition in the winning creation, all of which Daisy matched with her design. She used a selected variety of phalenopsis orchids and stachyslaneta leaves, finished off with a dusting of gold leaf to adorn her gown, creating a stunning visual that made her the overall winner.
Anita Foy, Acting Head of Shows Development at the RHS said:
“We were delighted to host the RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year competition in the Great Pavillion for another successful year. The RHS has a vested interest in supporting up and coming florists and designers, and it is extremely encouraging to see so many talented young florists emerge from this year’s competition. The judges saw a number of stunning creations that impressed, but Daisy’s attention to detail and creativity in her design really made her stand out; the use of gold leaf on the gown really was the finishing touch for her to be crowned as winner. She has a really bright future ahead and we look forward to seeing many more wonderful creations from her.”
The gowns were displayed and judged in the Great Pavilion, an area of the show renowned for displaying cutting edge and eye-catching floristry exhibits, which consistently draws in large crowds at the show.
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