Peterlee florist hopes for more glory at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Rebecca Hough
Rebecca Hough

A YOUNG florist who has already picked up a string of honours is bidding for glory again in one of the world’s biggest gardeners’ shows.

Rebecca Hough, 25, is one of five young florists chosen to design one of the suspended wire frames on Interflora’s exhibit for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Her work could be seen by 150,000 visitors, including celebrities and Royals, over five days when it goes on display from next Friday.

The florists have been given a colour palette of pinks, oranges and yellows to work and Rebecca’s section includes vanda orchids, craspedia, calla lillies and various grasses.

All the frames will be unique in appearance and hung around the elliptical canopy of the piece, called Succession, which has a 21ft by 9ft footprint.

And the team, which includes florists from Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and the Midlands, have their work cut out for them as Interflora’s exhibit has won gold for the past five years.

The team of five will be mentored by RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning Interflora florist David Ragg.

Rebecca, who learned her craft at East Durham College and Askham Bryan College in York, said: “It feels absolutely fantastic to have been asked, it’s a brilliant opportunity and really exciting.

“There’s a lot of pressure with the exhibit taking gold for the past five years.”

The Mail reported last year that Rebecca, who worked at a Harlepool florist’s at the time and has been working in floristry for more than four years, won Interflora’s Florist of the Future and won a Silver medal in the RHS Young Chelsea Florist competition.

Rebecca, from Peterlee, also won first place and Best in Show for the past two years at the Harrogate Flower Show and competed as part of the college team at RHS Tatton Park where they won Best in Show.