As soon as I heard that the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show was being scheduled for September for the fist time in it's 100 year history, I knew I had to be there.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world and historically, it has always taken place in May. Dahlias do not flower naturally until August and they are at their peak in September which is why I knew I had a once in a life time opportunity at exhibiting.
In order to create a show garden or display, you must be invited by the RHS and I was told that I didn't have the necessary qualifications or experience.
I was determined not to give up and we came to a compromise; I had to win a Gold Medal at Blenheim Palace Flower Show and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival in order to be considered.
I Won Gold!
Thanks to the support and guidance from my friends Abigail Fox and Emma Lappin, I won a Gold Award for my display at Blenheim Palace and received a commendation from the RHS Judges at Hampton Court Flower Show.
In July I finally received notification that I had been accepted to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show.