A Banbury florist has come third in the Young Florist of the Year competition at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
April Bennett was asked to design a floral dress to be worn at a crystal ball after being selected as one of just 16 finalists from across the country to part in the prestigious event on Tuesday.
She had just three hours to complete her design, which featured a mixture of blue, purple and green flowers, including orchids from Holland.
The 22-year-old, who works at Castle Flowers in Castle Quay Shopping Centre, said: “I was absolutely speechless when the judges put the bronze card on my design.
“It is wonderful to now have this achievement on my CV as I didn’t really expect to come away with anything.
“This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to make and the nerves certainly hit me when the other girls came out with their dresses, because their designs were really good. But it is fantastic to have won bronze, I’m still in a state of shock!”
Miss Bennett arrived at the show on Sunday and enjoyed seeing all the celebrities, even speaking to Princess Beatrice about her dress.
The RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year is open to florists aged 16-25 who work in a retail florist shop or are students or tutors at an approved floristry school.
The gold award in the competiton went to Daisy Ellen Burgoyne, 22, who works at a garden centre in Woburn Sands. Highlights of the competition appeared on the BBC yesterday (Wednesday).