Julia Russett, owner and florist at Robins Flowers, based in Burbage, near Marlborough, is celebrating after being awarded a bronze medal for her floral art arrangement at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
This is just the second time Julia has entered the competition, and she is delighted to be coming away from it with a medal. She says: "It doesn't get bigger than Chelsea when it comes to flower shows. It is a real honour simply to be here, so to be awarded a medal as well truly is amazing. When I entered two years ago I was frustratingly just one point away from earning a medal, and I'm delighted to be back here and this time bring an award home. I was just one point away from silver this time!"
Julia was entered into the class 'Destination Unknown' at the Chelsea Flower Show, and her floral arrangement was titled 'Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey' and featured flowers and foliage around two large cart wheels. Julia's arrangement is made even more special as it includes plants from friends' gardens in her home village of Burbage.
Julia is well known in the local area for her exceptional floristry skills. As well as being at the helm of Robins Flowers, supplying flowers for all occasions, Julia is also a NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) Demonstrator, National Teacher and tutor, which takes her all over the country.
Julia's love of floristry began when she was a child in her parents shop in Cornwall, where she would help out whenever she had the chance. Julia says: "The shop is still running now, after 35 years trading, and it helped me to learn about flowers and design from the very basics."
Since then Julia has gone on to gain her qualifications and set up her own business, Robins Flowers, named after her dad who sadly passed away in 2010. As well as teaching through NAFAS Julia has passed on her skills locally, teaching evening courses at St John's School in Marlborough and demonstrating in many local venues.