By Megan Ingram,
Level 3 Diploma in Floristry student
AN immense venue, a massive crowd of spectators with 16 florists all competing to be the next Young Chelsea Florist of the Year and yes, I am one of them – it does not get any better than this!
My name is Megan Ingram and I am a Level 3 Diploma in Floristry student at CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus.
The course combines my full time job in our family florist shop with two days in college. I work along with my father and grandmother in the Alexandra Florist in Belfast. We are a third generation florist shop and I grew up helping out in the shop as a “Saturday girl”. I completed my Level 2 Diploma in Floristry last year and decided to return to continue my study of floristry.
I was thrilled last year to be one of the 16 florists who qualified to compete in the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition at Chelsea Flower Show where I proudly won a bronze medal. I competed in the heats again this year and have just recently found out that I have once again secured a place in the competition. Last year we had to make a throne. This year’s brief is to design “A Royal Floral Crown” for Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my floristry course so far and have made lots of new friends from all over NI which gives me a fantastic network of florists who I can ring for advice and help. Ultimately I would like to stay in the family business, building my experience, knowledge, confidence and skills and bringing new fresh ideas to the business as well as injecting a bit of my own third generation personality.
I would encourage any young person with a creative mind to seriously consider floristry as a career where they can develop their skills and stretch themselves to be the best they can be and eventually hopefully run their own small business.