National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 September 2017

Competitors at this year’s NFYFC Floral Arts final took judges on a global adventure with arrangements that had taken inspiration from the theme of Around the World.  

From an exciting array of exotic flowers to rotating displays – the finalists really put on a show for all who came to see their arrangements at the Malvern Autumn Show. 

Sarah Hills-Ingyon, Vice Chairman of the Guild of UK Floristry judges, has judged the NFYFC competition for four years and was impressed with this year’s selection. 

“The standards are always tremendous and a lot of the members would make excellent florists. Considering that competitors have to create the designs within an hour and under the pressure of people watching them, their endeavour is incredible. The standards are excellent,” she said.

Victoria Seed from Lancashire FYFC won the intermediate category after reaching the finals nine times and winning the senior level in 2014!

“It was a bit of a shock to win,” said Victoria who is a primary school teacher and will move up to the Senior category next year. “I don’t think I ever have confidence in myself but I think I need to!”

Victoria created an impressive South African display, complete with panama hat, a giraffe and binoculars. Intermediate competitors were asked to create a design using one of the trips from the YFC Travel programme. Victoria discussed the ideas with her Grandma – a retired florist – to come up with the winning result. 

"The flowers I used were native to South Africa, such as the bird of paradise and the exotic flowers. I had to change some of the types of flowers from the ones I had used in the County round as they were seasonal and I couldn't get them at this time of year.”

It was more of a Far East influence for the winner of the junior category. It was Carys Morgan’s first time at a national final but the Carmarthenshire member didn’t let her nerves affect her performance on the day. 

“It was quite nerve racking but I was also quite excited. I enjoyed it,” said Carys who along with the other junior competitors was asked to create a design to depict one of the country’s visited by Phileas Fogg in the classic novel Around the World in 80 Days.  “I chose Japan as the main character stayed there for quite a while.  The circle around the floral art depicted the world and the wire shows the different country. Chrysanthemums are widely grown in Japan and the red was for the colour of the flag. A motor turned the display to symbolise the world turning.” 

The winner of the senior category was Jenny Dale from Shropshire FYFC who was asked in her category to depict a national festival or celebration from anywhere in the world. 

All the photos from the weekend can be viewed on Facebook here.  


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