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Harrogate florist scoops gold at Chelsea Flower Show

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Published by Lizzy McEllan at 12:31pm 23rd May 2019. (Updated at 12:35pm 23rd May 2019)

A Harrogate florist has scooped the prestigious 'RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2019' award.

  • Helen Pannitt, from Helen James Flowers, has won 'Florist of the Year' at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
  • She beat 16 finalists to win the title
  • Helen was tasked with creating a Royal Floral Crown in honour of Queen Victoria's 200th birthday 

Helen Pannitt, proprietor of Helen James Flowers, was tasked with creating a Royal Floral Crown for a birthday celebration at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Last year, florists from around the country went through a round of competition heats, with the 16 highest scoring competitors invited to compete in the final, which took place at the weekend.

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The winning entry from Helen Pannitt, of Helen James Flowers

Helen said:

"They grouped us together and announced it officially.

"Everybody was cheering - it was very exciting and emotional.

"It's the one that everyone wants in the flower industry - everyone wants that Chelsea gold."

Helen is from Harrogate and has worked as a florist for 35 years, training in Cambridge after leaving school.

She opened Helen James Flowers on Station Parade ten years ago.

Helen Pannitt, with her winning entry
Helen Pannitt, with her winning entry
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