My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, held every year in Chelsea, England is one of the best known Floral Art Competitions in our design calendars.

I was invited to exhibit in this year's show.

I participated in the second session, with staging overnight at 9:45pm on Wednesday 20 May to be completed on Thursday 21 May at 6 am.

My Limelight design was inspired by a slice of lime. But I wanted it to look like it was spun by a butterfly. I used Sisal, silk and loads of Lisianthus flowers and 9 grapevine plants. Each tiny stem was placed in a water filled glass seahorse or test tube to keep it hydrated.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Judging of the floral arrangement exhibits at the Royal Horticultural Show is by RHS criteria

Schedule Class D, Limelight:

Limelight Floral Art Design

The exhibit is staged on a square platform 1m wide by 1m deep raised 15cm from floor level.

Lisianthus and grapevine

The design was judged from the front but viewed from all sides

Chelsea Flower Show Limelight Design

Own Individual title to be included.

Christine de Beer Chelsea Flower Show

Display height is optional to a maximum of 1m from the top of the base

Guidelines for Staging

Staging a Floral Art Competition Design

In each exhibit natural plant material must predominate with emphasis on fresh flowers and foliage.
Only cultivated moss may be used
Dried plant material is permitted but fresh flowers/foliage should form the major part of the exhibit.

While some dyed, surface-coloured or manipulated (eg. plaited, stained, glossed, etc...) plant material may be used, exhibitors should remember that the Royal Horticultural Society's Shows are held to display excellence in plants and all other aspects of horticulture.
The Society does not permit the use of dug plants, moss or artificial plant material.

Silver Medal Chelsea Flower Show

I won a Silver Medal for my Limelight Floral Arrangement

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Lisianthus, Texan Poppy, Texas Bluebell, Tulip Gentian, Prairie Gentian