Chelsea Florist Of The Year Competition 2018 – A Spring Floral Throne.


This years RHS Chelsea Flower Show saw Lisa’s fourth entry into the Chelsea Florist Of The Year Competition, winning her a fourth medal!

This year the schedule was to design and create a floral wedding throne for a spring wedding –  a definate nod to the royal wedding taking place the week before.

Thinking caps were on and in typical Eden style I opted for a semi foraged design and a trawl on Ebay.

The base of my chair is constructed from a £5.00 battered arm chair from a ram-shackled house clearance barn on the edge of Somerset and some branches from the surrounding hedgerows. The Seat base was upturned with the cushions removed and lined with cellophane to create a huge water vessel that would become my based floral cushion, creating a mass of flowers without the need for blocks upon blocks of oasis, a nod towards being more Eco-friendly. Infact most of the design is bio-degradable apart from a couple metres of cellophane and some glue, even the 2 blocks of oasis used are the brand new ‘biodegrable’ blocks by Oasis Floral Products.

The back of the chair is created with branches manipulated into the shape of a church window arch and filled with a perfectly shaped birch branch. Bark pieces create the link from gold chair to woodland arch along with moss vines which snake through the design onto the moss platform. The arms of the chair are created with gold wire stands supporting bulbs and  seru pods which create a natural test tube for the fresh flowers. Nestled amongst the design there are 4 birds nest display miniature eggs filled with flowers and a pair of wedding rings. There is also an army of snail shells filled with succulents and flowers.

Flowers used include; Eremurus, Antirhinium, Arums & Callas, Roses, Craspedia, Orchids, Carnations, Amaranthus, Stocks and Dandelions!

Foliages – Ferns, Ivy, Moss, Succulents, Oak, Birch

Some of these were used for their ‘Floriography Meaning – The Language of Flowers;

The Dandelion – Faithfulness & Happiness, The Carnation  – Divine Love, Ivy – wedded Love & Fidelity, Stocks – bonds of affection,  Arum – Ardour.

There are a couple of floristry pages that show the full coverage of all the Thrones that are definately worth a look; The Florist and The British Florist Association. These show all the competitors work and of course the amazing winner, see if you can spot our Thrones in the video!