RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 Competition Entry by Gill McGregor
It was a last minute decision to enter the Chelsea Flower Show Competition â€“ with the Title â€˜avant gardeâ€™ it meant the design had to be â€˜new with experimental ideas and methodsâ€™. It took about 4 weeks to design and then just 2 weeks before the competition dateÂ an Â email arrived from the RHS â€“ â€˜Exhibitors should not use Floral Foamâ€™ â€“ followed swiftly by â€“ â€˜If you do use floral foam please use the Enhanced Biodegradableâ€™ â€“ followed by â€“ â€˜Competitors will not lose marks if they use floral foamâ€™. As the title of the design was â€˜avant gardeâ€™ Gill knew her original design using floral foam no longer fitted the title. Â Gill started a complete redesign of her entry; no longer using floral foam. Living materials replaced the floral foam, knotted aspidistra leaves and plaited palms became the new mechanics - ready for the competition and all done in less than 2 weeks.
To compete at the Chelsea Flower show meant starting on the Sunday evening at 9pm and then working through the night. While it can be said that there was definitely a competitive spirit amongst the competitors it can also be said that with all the work done by the organisers â€“ on hand throughout all the competitions - there was also the feeling Camaraderie with all competitors working toward a common goal; a big thank you to everyone involved.
Gillâ€™s design won a Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal.
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