Roaring 1920s theme draws bumper entries for Chelsea Florist of the Year

The British Florist Association will channel Lady Chatterley in a bid to wow visitors at the Chelsea Flower Show next week (25-29 May) as "hundreds" sign up for the Florist of the Year competition.

The final of the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year will see competitors design and construct a fantasy floral parasol, reminiscent of the show in the 1920s.

BFA events director Dennis van Wonderen said: "The BFA is thrilled with the number of entries received in this year's competition. Despite the difficult economic climate, competitors from across the country have still turned up in their hundreds in the hope of securing a place in this year's final. It's the X-Factor for the florist industry and the competitors' parasols are bound to turn a few heads at the show this year."

Last year's winner Neil Whittaker said: "This title is the culmination of competing for many years and, for me, is the highest accolade I could ever achieve in the United Kingdom. This last year in possession of the cup and title has been brilliant for me in my business to promote myself and my skills to customers and fans across the globe."

The BFA stand will also draw inspiration from the post war period by recreating 1920s inspired floral dresses and parasols using fresh flower and plant material.

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