National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

05 October 2018

Winning the NFYFC national final of the Floral Arts competition felt even more magical for Emma Hawke after a difficult 18 months. 

An illness caused Emma, 24, from Cornwall, to stop working as a florist and after three years of making it to a YFC national final, she took time out from competing last year.

But proving that if you’re determined you can succeed, Emma decided to get back into competing again, while managing her condition, and was delighted to bring home the 26 and under trophy for her solar eclipse design.

“I am still in shock,” said Emma who joined Cornwall FYFC when she was 19, now representing Wadebridge YFC. “I was shaking when they called out my name. Winning at a County round is great but to win a national competition is a phenomenal feeling.”

Emma trained as a florist and says her passion for flowers was passed on to her by her grandad, who sadly died when she was 13.

“My grandad loved to grow flowers so whenever I am working with them I think of him,” said Emma. “He saw me doing flowers and he was very proud of me and so when I create arrangements I know he’s looking over me and it’s my way of always having him with me.”

The theme for the 26 and under floral art was A mysterious phenomenon of your choice. Emma’s arrangement included orchids, calla lilies, chrysanthemums and hypericum – all in shades of reds, yellows and oranges that were in keeping with a solar eclipse.

Emma has previously won a Bronze medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and says her experience there helped with her technique at the final.

“I bound the flowers, placed them in test tubes and used a lot of glue to get the flowers in the right positions on the frame. You need to use a lot of technique and discretion in your work though to achieve the right effect and I learnt a lot of that at Chelsea.”

Two other age categories competed at the Malvern Show in NFYFC’s national final. Mari James from Carmarthenshire won first place in the 21 and under category and Harriet Preece from Herefordshire FYFC won first place in the 16 and under category.

 For all the results from the Floral Arts finals please see here.  


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