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Interflora Florist of the Year Semi-finals: Exploring Technique

Schedule 1 - Wired Bridal Design

Technique is defined as ‘construction skills and meticulous neat finish and workmanship’ plus ‘quality and condition of plant material which must be perfect’*

For the competitors, the wired bridal design was the one where they could really demonstrate their technique, as they were pre-made and brought to the competition marquee to be displayed and judged the day before the main event.

However, this did mean a careful selection of materials was required if the bouquet was going to make the journey to the RHS Bridgewater Gardens in Salford without losing any of its freshness.

When it comes to technique, it’s often the little details that make all the difference.

A perfect finish.

Dean Sharpe neatly finishes the drops of wired hypericum berries with a glass bead and the stem of each orchid with a wool covered flourish.

In Caroline Crabb’s wedding bouquet each stem is neatly taped and wrapped with silver wire.

Tiny glass beads add a hint of sparkle in the centre of the orchids and Jatropha in Charlotte Davies’ wired bridal bouquet.

Every flower head, berry and petal has been meticulously wired in this bouquet by Elizabeth Newcombe.

Going the extra mile

The base of this unusual bridal bouquet, created by Rebecca Hough was constructed by threading hundreds of torn pieces of fibre paper, threaded onto paper covered wire.

The accuracy and precision of the gold wire wrapped around the spiral base of Victoria Clemson’s design is accentuated by strands of neatly pipped hyacinths.

It must have taken Tracey Griffin hours of work to bind and wire bear grass to create the top and base of her coolie hat style bridal bouquet.

Similar accuracy with grass formed the base of the bridal bouquet by the youngest of the competitors, Hannah Beckley.

*Definition from The Professional Florists’ Manual Lynda Owen


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