Melanie aiming for blooming success at show

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 from Glass Houghton is determined to regain the title of RHS Chelsea Florist which she won in 2010.

Mrs Garbutt, of Gregory Road, said: “Chelsea is the pinnacle flower show, it’s the event to win and to be able to go back is wonderful.

“I feel competing in floral 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 their centenary, florists have been asked to create a never-ending circle which contains something or someone associated with the famous flower show.

Mrs Garbutt, who owns Passion Flowers in Upton, said: “It’s a challenging theme. The circle needs to be light so it stays up on the stand the flower show have sent.”

Her winning design in 2010 was a fantasy floral parasol made from orange and pink orchids and white calla lilies.