Daisy's chain of success

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Floristry dressA former Shuttleworth student has scooped a Gold medal and title of Chelsea Young Florist of the Year at the world-famous horticultural show.

Daisy Burgoyne, now the Floristry Team Leader at Frost Garden Centre in Woburn Sands, clinched the top prize at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

The talented 22-year-old beat off the hundreds of young hopefuls. After progressing through the regional heats, Daisy joined 15 other winners aged between 16 and 25 to compete in the final at Chelsea.

In order to crown a winner, the judges issued a brief of creating a fantasy dress, crafted from floral blooms, to be worn at a crystal-themed ball.

Daisy’s champion gown included over 500 orchids, with gold leaf hand-painted on to the petals. Hundreds of crystals had to be painstakingly glued on one by one by the steady-handed florist.

“I called my piece ‘Falling Leaves and Crystal Puddles’,” explains Daisy,

“The competition was incredible – The Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle; it’s the one everyone knows and so to come away with a Gold medal is a bit like the floristry equivalent of winning the Oscars!”

This isn’t Daisy’s first taste of industry recognition; she won a Bronze and then a Silver medal on her two previous visits to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Daisy has been a florist since the age of 16, where she attended the local Horticultural college and completed her Level 2 and 3 in Floristry. She then went on to study in Berkshire and London- ending up with a Masters in Floristry after attending The Academy of Floral Art in New Covent Garden.

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