A super-talented florist is bidding for glory at one of the world’s biggest shows.
Rebecca Hough, 24, has reached the finals of the Young Florist of the Year competition at the Chelsea Flower Show which runs from May 21 to May 25.
She is one of 16 florists through to the national finals out of hundreds of hopefuls and said: “I am excited. Chelsea is the ultimate accolade. It is the biggest event in the country and the best go there.”
Rebecca works at A Secret Garden florists in Elwick Road, Hartlepool.
To qualify for Chelsea, Rebecca had to fight her way through heats in Manchester and was up against rivals from throughout the UK.
Rebecca, from Pennine Drive in Peterlee, said: “They come from all over the country for it so I am really pleased.”
But this is no one-off success for the former student of St Bede’s RC School and Byron College student in Peterlee. Rebecca, who also went to Houghall College to study floristry, has reached the finals of the Interflora Florist of the Future competition, held at Tatton Park in Cheshire in July.
And she has just returned from the floral art finals in Harrogate where she was runner-up, having clinched the title last year.
Rebecca began her love for competition floristry after attending Askham Bryan College in York.
She said: “The tutor used to do competitions and she was always encouraging us to do them. I had a go and it turned out that I was quite good at them.”
She gave the Hartlepool Mail an indication of the effort that goes into each competition.
“I was working on the entry for the Harrogate competition since Christmas,” said Rebecca.
And she estimated 150 hours of work would go into her Chelsea Flower Show entry. It must be on the theme of a never ending circle.
Entrants to the Young Florist of the Year competition must be aged between 16 and 25.
Rebecca added: “In terms of the size of the competition it is the biggest I have been in. It’s brilliant to be involved.”