The students, who are in their final year of their BA (Hons) Floristry Design degree, triumphed at this year’s show after completing a dazzling floral arch using the flora and fauna of spring as their inspiration. Crowned ‘Future Florists of the year’, the team was also awarded a highly-coveted Silver Gilt award; missing out on the Gold ‘Best in Show’ accolade by just a few points.

Up against four other floristry schools from around the world, the team was tasked with devising a floral archway fit for a royal wedding. The team used spring as their inspiration, using a mix of spring blooms in whites, yellows and vibrant oranges.

Given just one day to construct the arch and place nearly 5,000 flowers individually, the team had to work hard to deliver the masterpiece. Not only were the judges looking for creativity and imagination in their design, they were also looking out for how the students worked as a team to achieve the final showstopper.

Student Verity Findlay, aged 23 from Louth, said the experience was like a dream; “Throughout our course we have been pushed to experience competitions and challenges, but never before on this scale. To compete at Chelsea is the pinnacle of any florist’s career, so to get the opportunity before we event embark on that journey is something that dreams are made of.

“On behalf of all of the students, I’d like to thank the college and our tutors for the unfailing support and motivation they’ve given us – it has definitely been a team effort of epic proportions. To be crowned Future Florists is a dream come true and the icing on a fantastic cake!”

The team were commended on their intricate design which epitomized the brief. The judges also commented on the students’ use of flora, which were used sympathetically and appropriately to bring together the impressive design.

College Principal and Chief Executive, Bill Meredith, said: “To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. The team has, over the last three years, done a phenomenal job in preparation for shows like this, and all done in addition to their studies. It has been remarkable to see their style and skill evolve as they have taken on bigger and more high-profile, challenges.

“This week’s success is testament to their hard work, dedication and determination. But like with anything, they couldn’t have done this on their own. Their friendship, teamwork and camaraderie has driven them every step of the way, and, with the support and training they have been given the college’s floristry staff, they have been able to achieve things established florists can only dream of.”

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