Vinny Yeates of Flowers by Lucy named Irish florist of the year

Vinny Yeates Master florist, of Flowers by Lucy Kilkenny and Waterford was the overall winner in the Irish region at the Interflora Florist of the Year Competition 2012.

Vinny Yeates Master florist, of Flowers by Lucy Kilkenny and Waterford was the overall winner in the Irish region at the Interflora Florist of the Year Competition 2012.

Vinny, who is a Director at Flowers by Lucy, took part at the competition held in Dublin last weekend and two of his designs scored the highest marks from the panel of Judges, which included members of the UK Floristry Judges Guild. He will now go on to compete at the Grand Finale to be held at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park next year, with finalists from England, Scotland and Wales.

During the competition Vinny had to create a naturally-inspired bridal design, a small floral tree and a surprise item- a wedding table centrepiece- which was briefed on the day.

Vinny was able to complete one of the items, the bridal design, in advance of the competition but had to construct the other two designs within a set time limit, under the judges’ eyes.

Talking about the event Vinny said: “I was really pleased with my floral tree design. To create it I dug up a tree, sprayed it with liquid rubber, then peeled off the rubber when it had dried and filled it with plaster. I then decorated it with floral material including white orchids, grasspedia, hypericum berries and nertera. It looked incredibly lifelike and I think this is what impressed the judges,” he said.

“I am looking forward to competing in the grand finale event next year and my ambition is to go on to represent Interflora at the Europa Cup which would be a huge achievement,” he added. The Interflora Florist of the Year competition is held every two years and gives florists the opportunity to continually develop their exceptional floristry skills and creativity; allowing them to stay one step ahead in the industry.

Visit www.flowersbylucy.ie and Facebook to view Vinnie’s work.