Upton florist hoping for blooming success

Melanie Garbutt, florist from Upton who is going to Chelsea Flower Show.
Melanie Garbutt, florist from Upton who is going to Chelsea Flower Show.
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Green-fingered Melanie Garbutt will be travelling to London next month to take part in the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

The 41-year-old florist who owns Passion Flowers, on High Street in Upton, is determined to regain the title of RHS Chelsea Florist Of The Year which she won in 2010.

Mrs Garbutt said: “Chelsea is the pinnacle floral show, it’s the event to win and to be able to go back is wonderful. I feel competing in flower shows helps me to be more creative with my designs.”

This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May marks the gardening event’s 100th birthday.

To celebrate the centenary, florists have been asked to create a never-ending circle containing something or someone associated with the flower show.

Mrs Garbutt, from Glass Houghton, said: “It’s a challenging theme. The circle needs to be light so it stays up on the stand the flower show have sent.”

Mrs Garbutt’s winning design in 2010 was a fantasy floral parasol made from orange and pink orchids and white calla lilies.

This year’s RHS show will run from May 21 to 25 at Chelsea Royal Hospital in London.

To celebrate the show’s 100th birthday there will be a special operatic concert on May 24 from Opera Holland Park. For more information or to book tickets visit www.rhs.org.uk