One side of Rebecca Hough's RHS Chelsea Flower Show silver medal winning piece on display at the Houghall Campus

Rebecca Takes Silver At Chelsea

Tue, 2002-05-07 01:00

Former East Durham College floristry student Rebecca Hough has received a prestigious silver medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

Rebecca, 24, from Peterlee, travelled to London last week to take part in the Young Florist of the Year competition held at one of the world’s most famous flower shows.

Rebecca beat off competition from all over the country in heats earlier in the year just to have the opportunity to compete at Chelsea. 

And her design, based on the concept of an eternal circle, impressed the team of experts judging her, who then went on to award her a silver medal for her work.

And Rebecca, who now works at Hartlepool florists, A Secret Garden, was overwhelmed to have received the silver medal at the competition. 

Rebecca said: “This is a huge achievement for me, taking a medal from the Chelsea Flower Show is every florists dream, and I really couldn’t believe it when it was awarded to me.

“I worked really hard just to get the opportunity to go to Chelsea, and then even harder on my design for the show.”

But this is just the start of an exciting summer for Rebecca who now has another show to prepare for.

Rebecca added: “I’m still on cloud nine from the medal at Chelsea but I’m back working hard on my next design for the RHS Tatton Park show where I am competing at in July.”

And at the end of the year Rebecca is hoping her story comes full circle, as she hopes to pass on her enthusiasm for floristry to the next set of budding florists by teaching classes at the College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, starting from September.

Rebecca said: “I love what I do and always knew when I started out that one day I wanted to teach floristry to new learners.

“I am really excited that I might have the opportunity to head back to the College at the end of the year and pass on the skills I have learnt over my time in floristry to new learners.”