TEENAGE florist Elizabeth Askham is all set for a flourishing career - after demonstrating real flower power in an internationally renowned competition.
Talented Elizabeth, who works at Plantology Floral Creations in Division Street, Sheffield, pulled off a shock win at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show in what was only her second competition.
Elizabeth, aged 19, won the class for floristry students with four years’ experience or less.
She then went on to beat nearly 120 other entrants to claim the title for Best in Show.
Her intricate ‘Flowers for a Bridesmaid’ garland creation featured orchids, ranunculus, carnations, succulents, tillandsia and hellebores.
The Walkley rose is naturally delighted.
She said: “I absolutely love my job at Plantology. I have worked there for two years now.
“The shop has such a friendly and relaxed environment, which has really helped my passion for flowers grow - and it always smells so lovely!
“At Harrogate I couldn’t believe I won first prize, I didn’t even expect to gain a place. I was so surprised to win my group that I didn’t even realise I’d won Best in Show and the Passion Flower Cup as well.
“My mum cried, my dad was speechless and my boyfriend gave me a huge hug.
“It has definitely given me the confidence to enter a competition again.”
Elizabeth, a former pupil at Rivelin Primary and Myers Grove Secondary schools, has a NVQ Level Three qualification in floristry.
While working she is also currently completing an apprenticeship in retail management.
She said: “I have grown up around flowers. My mum is a keen flower arranger and I think that made my interest in floristry grow.
“I love flowers because they are so beautiful and natural.
“They come in such a vast mix of colours, shapes, sizes and smells, every one is unique.
“Each arrangement is different and it’s a great way to be creative.
“It is also so nice to see people’s reactions to something I’ve made for them that they really love.”