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Interflora Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future Heats


A number of Interflora florists up and down the country are preparing to compete in our Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future regional heats. Following the success of our prestigious Grand Final at last year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, next month will see the start of a new set of competition heats to find our 2013 finalists.

The Interflora Florist of the Year competition has been running for more than two decades and is held every two years to give florists the opportunity to continually develop their exceptional floristry skills and creativity. Previous winners including our RHS Chelsea champions David Denyer and David Ragg have gone on to become renowned international designers, achieving worldwide success and recognition.

The Interflora Florist of the Future competition was introduced in 2000 to nurture new talent within the industry. Today it continues to provide a showcase for florists with less than four years professional experience, to ensure a wealth of skilled, expert florists emerging for the future.

This year's theme for the competition is 'naturally inspired'. During the competition each florist will have to create an original bridal design, a small floral tree and, if they get through the first round, a surprise item which will be briefed on the day. The competitors will be able to complete one of the items, the bridal design, in advance of the competition but will have to construct the other two designs within a set time limit, under the judges' eyes.

Elizabeth McKenna, who works at Flowers by Susan florist shop in West Bridgeford, will be taking part in the Midlands regional heats for the Florist of the Year competition on 4th November in Coventry.

She said: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge and am excited to have the opportunity to show off my creative skills."

For Charlotte Louise Jamieson from Jemini Oxford Ltd. flower shop in Oxfordshire, the Florist of the Future heats will be the first time she has ever competed in a floristry competition. She said: "I'm feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement. The surprise item will probably prove my biggest challenge as creating it in front of the judges' eyes will be quite nerve-wracking."

Each of the competitors' designs will be awarded points by a panel of judges including members of the UK Floristry Judges Guild.

We wish all our competitors the very best of luck!

Florist of the Future Competitors for 2012 Regional Heats

Name of Competitor       Florist Shop  Location     

Regional
Heat               

Competition
Date                  

Isabel Garbett

Herbarium     

Aldridge

Midlands

4th November

Francesca Gilgil

Ever After

Brackley

Midlands

4th November

Sandie Deacon

Ever After

Brackley

Midlands

4th November

Amy Manley 

Hubbard’s Florist

Coventry

Midlands

4th November

Anne-Marie Clarke

Jeanette

Blackpool

North

4th November

Olivia Woodward

Fab Flowers

Rotherham

North

4th November

Rebecca Hough

A Secret Garden

Hartlepool

North

4th November

Samantha Tankard 

The Flower Garden

Brighouse

North

4th November

Vanessa Carr

Bridgette’s Flowers

Manchester

North

4th November

Sophie Watton

Bleujen Florist

Bude

South West

4th November

Gemma Thresher

The Orange Pip Florist

Williton

South West

4th November

Ana Mitchell

Wines and Roses

Pontcanna

Wales

4th November

Emily Smith

The Flower Box

Port Talbot

Wales

4th November

Keave Lennon

Killaloe Flowers

Killaloe

Ireland

18th November

Fionnuala
McAuley

Scarecrow Flowers

Sandymount

Ireland

18th November

Siobhan Hughes

George Preston Florist

Sandymount

Ireland

18th November

Jadwiga
Jankowska

Cambridge Floral Designs

Cambridge

London

18th November

Julie-Anne Taylor

Cambridge Floral Designs

 Cambridge

London

18th November

Tanya Freeman

Cambridge Floral Designs

Cambridge

London

18th November

Emily Green

Carole Langley Flower Designs

London

London

18th November

Ellie Webb

Daisy Chain

Shepperton

London

18th November

Sandrae Pincon

Rushes Florist

London

London

18th November

Charlotte Jamieson

Jemini Oxford Ltd

Oxford

London

18th November

Shaunny Coyle

Flowers By Arrangement

Alva

Scotland

18th November

Florist of the Year Competitors for 2012 Regional Heats

Name of Competitor       

Florist Shop                      

 Location                    

Regional
Heat                      

Competition
Date                            

Jane Lamb

Tomlinson Flower Company

Coventry

Midlands

4th November

Donna Thacker

Tomlinson Flower Company

Coventry

Midlands

4th November

Katherine Golding

Ever After

Brackley

Midlands

4th November

Elizabeth McKenna

Flowers by Susan

West Bridgford

Midlands

4th November

Charlotte Baker

Hubbard’s Florist

Coventry

Midlands

4th November

Vicky Rymell

Hubbard’s Florist

Coventry

Midlands

4th November

Neil Whittaker

The Design Element

Manchester

North

4th November

Helen Pannitt

Helen James

Harrogate

North

4th November

Pamela Leak

Flowerfields

Bentham

North

4th November

Sue Rodgers

Carol Winn Florist

Selby

North

4th November

Vicky Mitchell

Lockwoods

Sheffield

North

4th November

Jane Hibbard

Bouquet Florist

Wareham

South West

4th November

Erica Tippett

Bleujen Florist

Bude

South West

4th November

Olga Krylova

Bloomers of Cirencester

Cirencester

South West

4th November

Pepi Allwood

Allwood’s Florist

Cardiff

Wales

4th November

Charlotte Cooke

Hilary’s Floral Design

Abergavenny

Wales

4th November

Karen Sherwin

George Preston

Newry

Ireland

18th November

Vinny Yeates

Flowers by Lucy

Hebron Ida

Ireland

18th November

Francine
Donnelly

Tiger Lily Letterkenny

Letterkenny

Ireland

18th November

Reka D. Kurtos

Annie Bloom

Dublin 18

Ireland

18th November

Linda Bateman

Flowers By Lynda

Greystones

Ireland

18th November

Gosia Stencel

Flowers By Lynda

Greystones

Ireland

18th November

Valerie Cafferley

Flowers By Lynda

Greystones

Ireland

18th November

Adrienn Szentgali

Flowers By Lynda

Greystones

Ireland

18th November

Jo Hornsby

Daisy Chain

Shepperton

London

18th November

Phaedra Greedy

Oasis

Fleet

London

18th November

Samantha Evans

Jemini Oxford Ltd

Oxford

London

18th November

Nicola Summers

Flowers By Arrangement

Alva

Scotland

18th November

Kelly Dawson

Flowers By Arrangement

Alva

Scotland

18th November

Arkadiusz Wozniacki

Flowers by Arkadius

Scotland

18th November

Samantha Kennedy

The Flower Room

Scotland

18th November

Jillian Page

Something Special Flowers

Blairgowrie

Scotland

18th November

Gillian Youngs

Ashdown Flowers

East Grinstead

South East

18th November

Rebecca Fletcher

Kanes Quality Florist

Surrey

South East

18th November

Jade Boiling

Dorothy Marchant Florist

Bexhill-on-Sea

South East

18th November

Clare Paine

Dorothy Marchant Florist

Bexhill-on-Sea

South East

18th November

Lucinda Knapman

Broadwater Flowers

Ferring

South East

18th November

Ashleigh Hopkins

Ashleigh Hopkins Florist Ltd

Bexleyheath

South East

18th November

Donna Kingham

Café Des Fleurs

Strand Quay

South East

18th November


Source: Interflora - Interflora Florist of the Year and Florist of the Future Heats