Much earlier this year I entered a competition via FFTF (Flowers From the Farm) To design a floral installation for a window in The Gallery at Strawberry Hill House for their Flower Festival.

I have a background in design and thought I’d push myself outside of my comfort zone and give it a go. My design aimed to celebrate the opulence of this sumptuous gothic hall. Astonishingly I was selected as one of 5 FFTF members to take part.

Fast forward to this week and it’s alarmingly close! I have been practising this week and constructing my sustainable mechanics – special thanks to my husband Jon for his help and patience. Part of the design brief was no single use plastic or oasis which is a highly toxic and full of microplastics which don’t decompose. I have been testing foliage, dying grasses with beetroot juice and praying for the dahlias I want to use to be in bloom! Luckily our local FFTF regional coordinators organised a church flowers workshop last week which was super helpful! This is a window display I helped to create.

So I am still slightly terrified to be amongst the countries leading floral designers at the festival, but at least I am organised and prepared. I just need to figure out what to wear to the preview evening, pack my bags and pick LOTS of foliage and flowers. Don’t worry I will inundate you with photos.

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