National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 October 2013

A respected figure in the world of professional floristry claims Young Farmers are flying the flag for competitions in Floral Arts after more than 100 people entered an event at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show.

Lynda Owen, author of three books on flower arranging and an award-winning florist, judged the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ Floral Arts competition on Sunday 29 September with two other judges. All three were “blown away” by the standard of entries from Young Farmers at this year’s show.

Lynda said: “We judge professional florists and some of this is equal to professional floristry. Every year seems to get better and the juniors are absolutely fabulous. Young Farmers are fabulous and their work is inspiring.”

The competition included three categories for different age ranges. In the 16 and under category, entrants were asked to create a table arrangement to the theme of Best of British Farming.

Anna Hunt from Woburn YFC (pictured right) in Bedfordshire was the winner with her innovative design that used a mixture of roses, Chrysanthemums, Lisianthus, corn and vegetables.

Anna said:  “I’m really proud as this is my first national competition. I had tips from my cousins who have been through Young Farmer competitions. I will carry on entering competitions now.”

For 20-year-old Fay Thomas (below left), it was the eighth time she had made it to the national finals for Floral Arts. In the 21 and under category she was required to create a floor standing exhibit reflecting the same theme of Best of British Farming.

Fay’s arrangement, made from orange roses and large sunflowers, was positioned on top of a tall black frame that her dad had welded with a piece of driftwood in the centre.

“As it was a farming theme, I quite liked the orange arrangement and autumn colours. It is fantastic to finally win it after eight years of competing. My advice is to keep going and don’t give up. Take on board what the judges tell you,” said Fay from Eardisley YFC in Herefordshire.

Florist Jacalyn Dobson (right), who is 23 years old and a member of Yarcombe YFC was the winner of the 26 and under competition with her hand tied presentation bouquet.

Jacalyn had never entered a YFC competition before, despite being a member of Young Farmers since she was 14 years old. The bouquet she created was packed with English country cut flowers, such as traditional Chrysanthemums, and also included Brassica, blackberries and other British fruits and vegetables.

“Young Farmers is a really good opportunity to get out and do something different.The competition has given me the confidence to enter something bigger and I’m going to enter the floral art heats for Chelsea florist of the year!” Jacalyn said.
 
For a full list of results click here to see how well your county did in the national finals and click here to see photos from the competition.
 


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