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Ten teams of florists, sculptors and garden designers push their talents to the limit to create extravagant floral installations in this competition show hosted by Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou. Facing elimination with every task set, these international teams of plant-obsessed artisans will be judged by florist to the stars, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht and a slew of guest judges for a chance to display their own sculpture at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
It is a prissier, more fabulous take on the Great British Bake Off and OMG we cannot think of anything better to distract and soothe these two former reality TV fanbloggers.
Andrew and Ryan, from London, UK
Originally from Vancouver, Fashion & Culture curator Ryan moved to London in 2010. He has collaborated with the V&A Museum and Tate Gallery among others. Andrew, a photographic artist from Lancashire, creates work influenced by the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.
Raymond and Chanelle, from London, UK
Chanelle is a fashion designer and owns her own label, INOIR. She has produced clothing for Cardi B, and has styled a music video for Idris Elba. Raymond has owned Sunflowers Florist in south east London for 13 years. They met in Raymond’s shop and share a love of flowers but also music: Chanelle used to sing in garage band Purple Haze Cru, and Raymond is a member of his local church choir.
Declan and Eoghan, from Dublin, Ireland
Declan and Eoghan both have degrees in landscape architecture and met at the University College Dublin eight years ago. Eoghan trained in landscape management at UNESCO world heritage site, ‘La Alhambra’, in Granada Spain while Declan also has a diploma in project management. The pair now work together covering residential and commercial landscape design and contracting.
Rachel and Delilah, from Brooklyn, USA
Originally from Minnesota, former contemporary dancer Rachel is an artist who loves to paint flowers and nature. Delilah has a degree in business from the University of Central Florida and worked as a freelance floral designer before joining the team at renowned Brooklyn florist and plant shop, Rosehip Social. The friends met at work two years ago and both love to keep fit.
Ralph and Jim, from Eastbourne, UK
Ralph is a groundsman at a private school in Eastbourne and has a City & Guilds qualification in horticulture at Level 3. His son Jim is currently at the university of Brighton studying 3D design and craft and has a part time job at a leisure centre. They enjoy working on projects together and last year drove their 1940s army truck to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations after a five year restoration.
Nick and Taylor, from New York City, USA
Taylor majored in Visual Arts at Columbia University and now runs her own interior plant styling business, while promoting botanical interiors on Instagram. Nick was a college baseball player and after graduating, taught himself to become a plant coach and apartment farmer. The friends met online through Instagram three years ago and are passionate about sustainability and urban horticulture.
Andi and Helen, from Somerset, UK
Andi is currently a head gardener for Yeo Valley and has been a horticultural lecturer for many years, She has won silver medals at BBC Gardeners World and Chelsea Flower Show. Helen, has worked as a gardener, botanist, and has managed numerous nurseries. She is currently a YouTube presenter for Candide Gardening and is an artist in her spare time. They enjoy traveling, visiting gardens and attending music festivals.
Sarah and Jordan, from Maryland, USA
Sarah owns her own wedding florist business, Intrigue Designs. She started in the industry as a wedding planner and has been working exclusively as a florist for the last 10 years. Jordan has been working with Sarah for 3 years and has become her ‘right-hand woman’. Together they travel the US teaching workshops and classes to inspire floral entrepreneurs.
Monet and Stephanie, from the UK
Monet completed her Level 4 in floristry at college. She received a silver medal at the Surrey County Show 2017 and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2018. Stephanie has completed the same course as Monet and won first prize at the South of England Agricultural Show in 2018. They met four years ago and now have their own businesses, ‘Monet’s Floristry’ and ‘Steph Lovell Flowers’. They are the youngest contestants in the competition.
Henck and Yan, from the Netherlands and Denmark
Yan was a fine artist before teaching himself about flowers in his 20s. He has been the director of florist Bespoke Flowers for 20 years, and has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. Henck is a freelance florist and found his love for flowers at a young age before going on to create the bouquets for family weddings. He is now a Master-Florist.
This is normally the part of a reality competition cast introduction post where we ask which ones are going to be the troublemakers and bitches, but this looks to be in the vein of GBBO and other gentler forms of TV competition. But which ones are you automatically rooting for? Yan and Henck, we’re in your corner, you weirdos.
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