Woman who works at Sandy flower shop is ‘thrilled’ to bag RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal

Kirsten Ekins

Kirsten Ekins - Credit: Archant

A young woman who works in a Sandy flower shop bagged a bronze medal at one of the world’s most renowned floriculture events.

Kirsten Ekins – who works at The Flower Room in Market Square – was awarded third place in the young florist of the year competition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the end of May.

Competitors were tasked with creating a headdress to be worn at a Brazilian carnival, with Kirsten’s design capturing the South American atmosphere by using flowers on a hand wired base.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Kirsten. “I was aiming for high, and so I am delighted to get my bronze medal.

“It was my first time at Chelsea and it was an amazing experience and such a great atmosphere.

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“To be awarded a bronze medal was the icing on the cake for me.

“I never thought that within six years of being a florist I would be going to Chelsea, let alone becoming a medal winner.

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“It’s down to the support of my family, friends and colleagues that I’ve been able to achieve this and their constant encouragement.”

Competitions at the annual event are run by The British Florist Association, in conjunction with the RHS.

Association manager Tracy Tomlinson said: “These competitors have competed at the highest level.

“The RHS Chelsea competition is the pivotal moment of a florist’s career and the BFA are proud to help them achieve this goal.”

You can read more about the competition and the association by visiting www.britishfloristassociation.org

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