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Award-winning Bexleyheath flower arranger to go for gold at Chelsea Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 15:51 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:51 16 May 2017

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Jane Patterson will be taking part in the show on behalf of Eltham Park Flower Arranging Club

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A local flower arranging club will be taking part in the Chelsea Flower Show next week with hopes of winning gold.

Jane Patterson, from Bexleyheath, will compete on behalf of the Eltham Park Flower Arranging Club when she builds her “contemporary” floral decoration.

She said: “This will be my third year at the Chelsea Flower Show, and the first time I won a bronze medal, and last year a gold, so I’m hoping to get gold again this year.

“This year the theme for the flower arranging is ‘cutting edge’ which took a lot of researching. It’s taken me, and my friend Jackie, over two months to come up with an idea, and then decide on which flowers to use and colours we like.

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“We looked in lots of magazines for inspiration, and when we found a shape we liked, we really had to consider whether we could actually build it. But we decided ‘cutting edge’ means new and innovative, and I believe that’s what we’ve gone with.

“The process is like a job interview though. You send the Royal Horticultural Society a portfolio of designs you’ve done, it’s almost like a CV, before they say whether you have a slot.

“The atmosphere when you’re there is really great, but you are constantly thinking about how you can make your display as interesting as possible, and you know that you have to show certain skills because there’s a strict criteria that everyone wants to meet. You have to score between 17 and 20 from the judges to get a gold medal, which obviously everyone is aiming for.

“It takes a lot of work but we’re very excited and the only thing we’re actually worried about is the flowers. Because the flowers are natural, it’s kind of out of your control as to whether they turn out right. We’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed.”

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Ms Patterson is taking place in the Flower Arranging Second Session.

The Eltham Park Flower Arranging Club meet on the first Thursday of every month at the Methodist Church on Westmount Road, Eltham.

For information on joining visit www.nafas.org.uk/clubs/eltham-park-flower-arranging-club/

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