Julia Russett, the owner of Robins Flowers in Burbage, was one of only 16 floral designers chosen to compete in her class at the Chelsea Flower Show. Her design was displayed in the Floral Design Studio, which showcases some of the country’s best, most creative and technically accomplished floral designers.
Julia’s design marked the centenary anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. She gave her design the title ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) set strict rules for this competition. Designers started work at nine in the evening and had until six o’clock next morning to complete their display using only components which had previously been declared.
Julia, who is the Chairman of the Burbage Flower Club, explained: “This was my first attempt at this level and although nothing was awarded this time, I found out that I was only one point away from a bronze medal. I really enjoyed the whole experience and I will definitely be applying to do it again next year.”
In order to enter at this level a flower designer must be selected by the RHS and needs to have already proved themselves with other awards.