A team of British flower ambassadors are coming together to use their superpowers to choose our five famous florists for this year’s British Flowers Week.
The fantastic four are:
Simon Lycett, head judge and celebrity florist
Shane Connolly, florist by appointment to both HRH The Prince of Wales and HM The Queen
Alice Vincent, Daily Telegraph journalist ‘treading the line between plants and pop culture’
Amy Gray, Horticultural Adviser, National Farmers Union
The team bring together a unique mix of floristry talent, media expertise and flower growing experience, with a mission to decide which five florists will feature during this year’s British Flowers Week. Each day for five days we will share three designs from each of the famous five across social media, email and the web.
Could you be one of our famous five?
P.S. The deadline for entries is 21 April 2017, so get them in quickly!
Meet our Fantastic Four
As well as being florist to the stars, Simon frequently appears on both TV and radio. In 2016 he co-hosted BBC 2’s documentary on the flower industry and has stood in as guest presenter on BBC Radio London’s Jo Good Show. Simon’s career has included the flowers for ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, the Beckham’s wedding, Elton John’s 50th birthday party and dinner the night before William and Kate’s wedding where over 50 crowned heads of state were present.
Shane’s company proudly bears Royal Warrants By appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales and HM The Queen. He designed all the flowers for the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. With his strong commitmet to British and seasonal flowers, he’s a a perfect ambassador for British Flowers Week. Shane’s green credentials are impeccable and he’s a strong supporter of Floral Angels. Shane is also the author of a number of books.
Alice Vincent is a journalist and author who has been working on The Telegraph’s arts desk since 2013. She keeps a column on urban and contemporary gardening and, in March, released her first book, How to Grow Stuff, an approachable guide to gardening for those who don’t know where to start. She has written about floristry and featured British Flowers Week in her coverage last year.
Amy is the National Farmers Union adviser on fruit, protected edibles and ornamental plants. She develops policy in these sectors and needs to remain abreast of political, commercial and economic developments. Amy has a specific interest in cut flowers and in 2016 produced ‘Backing British Blooms’, a report looking at the state of the British cut flower industry.