Ballymena Floral Art Group is blooming with pride after one of its members, Heather Hume, won not only one medal but two at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
A gold medal was jointly awarded to Heather and to Yolanda Campbell for their entry entitled ‘Beneath the Waves’.
Their interpretation of the title represented a whirlpool dancing amidst a coral reef. Considering this was the first time either of these ladies had competed at Chelsea, this was an absolutely tremendous achievement.
Yolanda is also very well known in Northern Ireland Floral Art circles as she was previously a member of Dungannon Flower Arrangement Society and ran her own private Floral Art & Design School before recently returning to England.
With regard to the ‘Florist of The Year’ competition for which Heather won the bronze medal – she firstly had to enter ‘heats’ to qualify to enter and in these she won through to the final 16 out of a total of 500 entries from throughout the UK.
She then went on to win the bronze medal at Chelsea.
The competition was to design a headdress entirely from plant material; the entry by Heather clearly showed tremendous expertise in planning and design and demonstrated an exceptionally high level of craft skills.
Heather is no stranger in the Ballymena and Antrim Areas. As well as being a member of Ballymena Floral Art Group, she also owns and manages a very successful flower shop in Antrim called ‘Flowery Potters’.