RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2018

The next RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition will be extra special as it's the 10th year of the competition, held at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

The competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society in association with the British Florist Association is designed to showcase the very best floristry talent within the UK.

Enter one of the BFA Regional Qualifying BFA Chelsea Heats held at the BFA Chelsea Inspiration Days to be in with a chance to stage your piece in the Chelsea final. 

The highest scoring finalists from the BFA Chelsea Regional Qualifying Heats from across the country will be invited to participate and have a change to win a coverted RHS medal and win the title of the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year or RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year. The competition takes place within the floristry section at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

The two categories are:

  1. The RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year : (ages between 16 - 25 yrs)
  2. The RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year : (ages 26 and over)

* Both categories have the same schedule as shown below.

In order to qualify the competition is open to:

  • Any florist working in or owning a retail florist shop
  • Students or tutors at an approved floristry school or recognised college
  • Freelance florists who are VAT registered. Please note that RHS entry criteria does preclude freelance florists who are not VAT registered.
  • Freelance florists who are registered with their local authority for business rates on their studio/workshop. Please note that RHS entry criteria does preclude freelance florists who are not registered for business rates with their local authority.
  • Members of the Institute of Professional Florists (IoPF)

The number of entries at each venue are being monitored. For each scheduled heat to run there is a minimum number of entries required. If there are insufficient entries registered and we cancel the meeting we will notify all existing competitors 2 weeks prior to the meeting and give them the option to move to a different venue in their area or cancel their registration. Due to some venues being larger than others there will be a cap on the maximum number of entries in the smaller venues. If you are trying to register for your chosen heat but the ticket option displays SOLD OUT this indicates that the category of entries at this heat is fully booked. We strongly recommend early booking for the heat in your area to avoid disappointment!

Competition Schedule for BFA Heats leading to both RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year
and RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year.

Chelsea Florist of the Year Heat Competition Information


To be brought ready-made.


Winter Wedding

Kind of work

Wedding Stole


Design and create a stole to be worn by the bride at her wedding in a Scottish Castle. Definition of a stole can be found in the Professional Floristry Manual.






The design must be detachable from the support from the stand it is displayed on. The judges will need to handle the design for judging purposes.


All material for this design to be supplied by candidate.




At least 2/3rds of the finished design must be fresh flower and /or plant material. The fresh flower and /or plant material must be visually dominant. All pieces will be judged but any showing obvious disregard to the schedule will be marked 0 for Interpretation and an additional 20 penalty points will be deducted from the total.  The competitor will not be placed. The judges will be looking for high standard of technique and design.

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria as used by the UK Floristry Judges Guild.  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


To be placed on an open table.  The contestant must supply the stand/prop on which the design will be displayed. The stand/ prop on which the design will be displayed will not be judged as part of the design.

Staging Time

Registration opens at 9.30am Staging 10am – 10.30am to stage and complete your design.  Please see rule and regulation no. 21


Download the BFA Chelsea Heat Competition pack for all the information you need.


You can read the complete Rules & Regulations by Clicking Here >

Dates & Venues

Sun 26 Nov 2017, 10:45AM - 3:00PM Moreton Morrell Agricultural College, Warwick
Sun 21 Jan 2018, 10:45AM - 3:00PM Hadlow College, Tonbridge
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 10:45AM - 3:00PM East Durham College, Co. Durham 
Sun 18 Feb 2018, 10:45AM - 3:00PM Country Baskets, Scotland
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 10:45AM - 3:00PM CAFRE Greenmount Campus, Antrim
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 10:45AM - 3:00PM Bridgwater College, Bridgwater
Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:45AM - 3:00PM Myerscough College, Preston

*Full details details of timing and addresses, rules and regulations, judging schedules and more can be found in the downloadable document.


Cost of Entry

BFA Chelsea Florist of the Year Heat Competition & BFA Chelsea Young Florist of the Year Heat Competitions

  • £50.00 + VAT + booking fee for BFA/IoPF members
  • £100.00 + VAT + booking fee for non members

Entry to BFA Chelsea Inspiration Day.

BFA Chelsea Heat Competitors have FREE OF CHARGE - entry to the BFA Chelsea Inspiration Day

For more information on the BFA Chelsea Inspiration day please click on the logo or HERE






We are delighted to announce that Florismart have pledged to sponsor the Chelsea heat competitions for 2017 - 18 as they did in 2016 - 17.

Thank you Florismart!


If you'd like to know more about Florismart CLICK HERE to visit their website.

If you'd like to know about the member offer that
Florismart give to BFA Business members CLICK HERE

Powered by Florist Window
Contact Us | Site Map | Links | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy


British Florist Association
PO BOX 6449, COVENTRY, CV3 9NJ - Tel: 0844 800 7299
© Copyright - All Rights Reserved.