Lucy Ellis - Flowers from The Pod
Lucy Ellis - All About Me
I am incredibly creative and floral art is one of my ways of expressing my creativity. I am passionate about flowers and love to see the joy my designs bring to others.
In 2005 I enrolled on a floristry course at Lackham College in Wiltshire and have not looked back since, accumulating over 15 years’ experience of floral artistry.
During my training I found my love of competition, winning the South West Area heat of the UK Skills Challenge and going on to compete in the final at the RHS Tatton Park Show. I have also participated in other RHS Shows including Malvern and Chelsea and was awarded three gold medals.
My Life with Flowers
I have loved growing flowers from a young age. My mother gave me a small piece of garden to look after and my grandfather, who was the head gardener at a country house in Box, taught me all about cultivating flowers and growing vegetables. I have special fond memories of summer holidays helping him in the walled garden where he worked.
I was introduced to flower arranging as a Girl Guide when a kind lady taught us the basic triangle and how to arrange a ‘3 flowers’ design.
Back to the vegetable growing – in the 1990s I belonged to Box Gardening Club and competed in their annual show. They had a flower arranging section and my talent was spotted by Jan Jones who invited me to join the Bradford-on-Avon Flower Club.
The Joy of Competing
Having joined Bradford-on-Avon Flower Club I found a wealth of talent only too willing to pass on their extensive knowledge to us ‘newbies’. The wonderful and talented team of Margaret Murray and Rosemary Stevens, who ran the practise classes at the time, deserve recognition here.
It was not long before I was competing in South West area shows and Bath Spring Flower Show, scooping up awards along the way. This is where I was introduced to Cath Brown and a fruitful partnership was formed. We went on to win gold metals at RHS Malvern shows and eventually represented our area at National level, winning the Area Class at Torquay.
Bradford-on Avon club is remains a forward-thinking group – they still run practise classes – some of which I have lead. They meet on the first Thursday of the month in the Holt Village Hall at 19:30.