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Interflora Florist of the Year Semi-finals: The Big Idea!

Schedule 3 Surprise Design: Scale of Endeavour

Originality and creativity, an interpretation of the schedule plus the degree of difficulty are all taken into consideration when judges mark pieces for the ‘idea.’ In the semi-final of the competition, no part of the schedule was more challenging than the Surprise Design, when having an idea, or hopefully more than one, was essential!

In this case, the brief was to "create a design in a medium of your choice, suitable to be placed within The Community Wellbeing Garden at RHS Bridgewater".

The competitors were presented with, amongst other things, Parrot tulips, hyacinths, Fritillaria, Astilbe, Viburnum, Astrantia and large headed pink roses. To accompany these were potted Narcissi and Muscari, a jasmine plant and a selection of twigs.

Sundries included a crate, test tubes, wooden blocks, waterproof membrane and a roll of chicken wire.

Thinking caps on!

With only 15 minutes to plan, sketch, make notes or quietly panic, the competitors then had 90 minutes to create something amazing.

Making a start

After 15 minutes were up, the competitors began to put their ideas into action.

In full flow

Every competitor took a slightly different route, some arranging within the crate, others dismissing it altogether. Magnolia twigs and bulbs took on new life and gradually, the designs began to come together.

And it’s done!

After 90 minutes of intense concentration every competitor put down their tools and stepped away from their benches. A miscellaneous collection of flowers and sundries had been transformed by ten designers offering ten different interpretations of ‘idea.’


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