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Interflora win Gold again at RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

We are delighted to announce that our floral design exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been awarded a Gold medal. It is the seventh prestigious medal to be won by Interflora in as many years.
The floral design exhibit named "Open Church" was created by a team of six florists and mentored by Karen Barnes, head of floral product development at Interflora. All six florists, who were all selected for their passion, floristry skills and creativity, have previously won awards in competitive floristry.

The exhibit is an elegant structure which stands at five metres high, with visitors to the show being able to walk through our floral church, taking in every aspect of this amazing design. Standing tall in the Great Pavilion, our award winning installation features two floral bells, beautiful feature windows and three suspended floral chandeliers.

Across our network of florists we have a wealth of talent and expertise. Open Church showcases the amazing skills and creativity Interflora florists up and down the country have for creating breath-taking designs, no matter what the occasion.

Our exhibit will be on display in the Great Pavilion from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th May.
Meet the team
Karen Barnes - Head of Floral Product Development

Karen began her floristry career working in an Interflora shop whilst completing her floristry
studies at college in Leeds.

After qualifying at NDSF level, Karen managed an Interflora shop before opening her own and running it for 19 years. During this time Karen was awarded RHS Chelsea Flower Show medals in Gold, Silver Gilt and Bronze, acted as a Chrysal Ambassador for 9 years and qualified as a Floral Designer and Demonstrator both in the USA and Canada.

Karen's experience has taken her all over the world and for the last 9 years has put all her passion and expertise into developing floral and plant ranges for Interflora as Head of Product Development.

Last year Karen alongside a team of Interflora florists designed and created beautiful flowers for the wedding of celebrity couple Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright.
Vicky Wilson - Product Development Manager

Since graduating with a degree in Textile Design, Vicky has gained creative, marketing and product development experience with over 10 years at Interflora.

Vicky joined the Product Development team 6 years ago and is responsible for the development and photography of the product ranges.

Vicky was part of last year’s design team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Janet Boast - Florist from Nelson

Janet has been a florist for 29 years, originally training in Aalsmeer, Holland.

On her return to the UK Janet took over an existing Interflora shop and has never looked back. Janet enjoys floristry competitions having won medals at RHS Chelsea and Tatton over the years and was runner up in the World qualifiers.

Janet’s favourite wedding flowers are Roses for their scent and Orchids for their delicacy and variety.
Kate Ward - Florist from Scarborough

Kate started working as a florist 25 years ago in the shop that she now owns.

Over the years Kate has been involved in many floristry competitions and in more recent years Kate has been invited to work alongside the Interflora Product Development team creating new product ranges.

Kate’s favourite wedding flower is Sweet Peas for their beautiful colours and scents.
Mark Entwistle - Florist from Cheshire

Mark has worked in the floristry industry for over 25 years in retail and education. He taught floristry at Reaseheath College in Cheshire for several years, is a NAFAS Area Demonstrator and a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.

He was instrumental in setting up the Black Rose Florist in Knutsford.

Mark’s favourite wedding flower has to be a large headed garden style rose like "O'Hara" as it has a beautiful perfume and full papery petals.
Erica Tippett - Florist from Bude

Since opening Bleujen in 2008, Erica has developed a further passion for floristry competitions gaining medals in the RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the year.

Recently Erica has gained her ICSF Higher Diploma of Floristry and her HNSF Master Diploma of Professional Floristry. Erica’s favourite wedding flower is a classic rose.

Beautiful and elegant with a lovely range of colours and shapes to choose from, they add lovely texture to a wedding bouquet.
Steve Betts - Florist from Solihull

Steve has been working in the family business Urban Design Flowers in Birmingham for 18 years and during this time has entered many competitions gaining a wealth of experience.

Over the years Steve has worked closely with Interflora on various projects, more recently being part of the gold medal winning team at Chelsea in 2013.

Steve’s favourite wedding flowers are Hydrangeas due to their versatility and vast array of colours.

Get The Look

Taking inspiration from "Open Church" our skilful florists have created a beautiful bridal bouquet of peonies and roses. Reflecting the delicate tones showcased in our design exhibit.

If you love this style of bouquet as much as we do and would like to get the look for your wedding, contact your local Interflora florist and they will recreate this enchanting look.
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About Interflora's Floral Designers

‘Open Church’ demonstrates the capabilities of all Interflora florists to create the most breathtaking designs, no matter what the occasion.

We’re proud that so many award-winning florists choose to be part of the Interflora family. Each of our expert florists has the unique blend of skills, creativity and attention to detail needed to create every handmade Interflora gift.

With so much creative talent to draw upon, we offer an exciting and fresh new selection of floral gifts for every special occasion and every season too.

So for all your floral design needs, however small or spectacular, trust our expert florists to create and deliver something really special, just for you.

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