Local florist brings home the bronze from Chelsea

May 29, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Young Crossmaglen florist, Siobhan Hughes, is delighted to have scooped the Bronze Medal in the prestigious  2012 Young Florist of the Year competition at the Chelsea Flower Show last week.

Months of hard work and preparation finally paid off last Tuesday as the 24 year old from Lisseraw, was awarded the Bronze Medal for her beautiful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Chandelier arrangement.

Speaking to The Examiner on her return from Chelsea, a jubilant Siobhan says that coming so far in a competition of such high calibre is the realisation of a dream for her.  Describing it as a “once in a lifetime experience”, she modestly admits she never expected to bring home a medal.

Clearly delighted with her achievement, Siobhan has high praise for her employer and mentor, Bernie, from George Preston Flowers, whose help and encouragement has been instrumental in getting her to Chelsea.  She extended special thanks to her boss for taking the time out to accompany her to the show and for acting as her designated assistant when putting the final touches on her competition piece.

Siobhan feels that getting the chance to take part in the world renowned show was a fantastic chance to hone her floristry skills and admits she most looked forward to the feedback from judges as she is always eager to learn more and improve her expertise.  The winning florist is now on the look-out for more competitions as she strives to excel in her field.

Life is certainly a bed of roses at the moment for this talented young florist who has achieved a lifetime’s dream which should help her floristry career grow from strength to strength.

Special thanks

Siobhan extends her heartfelt gratitude to her kind sponsors, who she says made her “life-long dream come true.”:

George Preston Florist, Masters Choice, GM Steel, Hanratty Oils, Happy Faces, Beauty Clinic, Superbites, The Examiner, Crosby Butchers, Clarnagh Maid, Mortons Vegetable Shop, Camlough Joinery,  Wood Kraft, E Hanratty Turf Accountant,  Michael McArdle and Sons Auctioneer, Martin Hardware, D-Tale Boutique, Bottom Drawer, Senator Windows, Donnelly’s Wholesale, Shorts Sports and Cycle