The Stafford florist who walked away from the competition is back in style
A Stafford florist who had walked away from the competition but missed it so much he couldn’t help but try famous again after making one of the finals of a prestigious pageant national. Dean Sharpe has been a florist for seven years and famous after reaching the semi-finals of the Interflora Florist of the Year competition.
Dean, who owns and runs Dean Sharpe’s floral studio in Gibson Close, Stafford, has successfully competed in many professional floristry competitions including World Skills and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Dean created a hand-tied bouquet, arrangement and body adornment under the theme “Inspired by Nature” during the qualifying round. He had decided to quit competing and focus on growing his business, but missed the challenge of putting his floristry skills to the test against the best in the business, he decided to compete again. .
In the next round, he will showcase his skills in the semi-finals alongside nine other professional florists with the aim of qualifying for the 2022 Florist of the Year final. The overall winner of Florist of the Year will go on to represent Great La Great Britain and Ireland at the Interflora World Cup in September 2023.
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Dean said: “I made the decision in 2019 to retire from competition and put all my effort into continuing to grow my business. However, I really missed competition and so when it was announced that this competition was open to all UK Florists, it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss.”
Alongside the other semi-finalists, Dean will create three floral designs under strict competitive conditions, including a surprise design the details of which he will only know day-to-day. The five semi-finalists who will advance to the final will be announced at RHS Garden Bridgewater on Sunday 24 April.
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