UK: Florist thrilled to compete at Chelsea Flower Show

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A florist has described being “thrilled and excited” to be in the running for Florist of the Year at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Angela Turner, who runs a floral design school in Ferndown, Dorset, has worked with a Hampshire grower to source flowers for her exhibit.

Ms. Turner said she used British blooms where possible, rather than imports, to support local businesses and because the flowers offered “wonderful scent and character”. She said she was “very honored” to be among 10 people selected to take part in the competition. The design for her entry, called Inner Peace, is shaped like a cocoon to represent how nature can be “a sanctuary and quiet space amidst life’s hustle”.

At its center is a handmade rose feature, crafted using 250 different rose petals to make one large flower. Ms Turner used pale colors to portray a craving for hush.

“I like gentle sympathetic colors – the often undervalued introverts of the color world,” she said.


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