Q&A for Competitions

For large competitions there is always a specific timeframe to ask any questions you have about the schedule. Here is where you will find the official published answers to all questions which have been asked. You will not recieve a reply to your email so check here after the closing date for questions. All answers remain on this page so that you may view them at any time. If you have a question about a schedule/competition then please email q@floristryjudgesguild.co.uk 

The British Florist of the Year 2019 - Gardners World  June 13th 14th 2019

Organised by the Institute of Professional Florists


  1. Q. Can litchen (grey or gold) which is alive (not dried), be added to ‘supports’ (framework/construction/bases) either on or off branches? (I’m afraid it may be considered as leaves, fruits, berries, flowers would be.)

A. Not before preparation time.


  1. Q. Am I allowed to add pussy willow buds (that have been removed from the branch) on a re-constructed support framework/construction/base? (are they considered as a seed?)

A. In preparation time only


  1. Q.Is it anticipated that we will unload all materials for both days on Thursday 13th June 08.30 – 9.00? re; 3.4 timetable - there is no mention of unloading in 3.4 on Friday. However, 2.2 delivery of materials “vehicle unloading is between 8.30 – 9.00 on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June” re: 1.9 “you will have access from 7am on Friday 14th June” although I presume that is us in person and not for vehicle or unloading purposes?

A. The unloading time was added by GW and does not relate to the competitors. Due to restrictions by the NEC, all unloading must be done on Thursday morning for both competition days.


  1. Q.Is there a storage area? Re 3.4 timetable Thursday 13th 11 – 11.15 clear and tidy – where should we take bucket/bins etc to? similarly Friday 11.00 – 11.15 & 15.00 – 15.15 clear and tidy.

A. Yes but it is very limited and may not be secure in the evening.


  1. Q. 2.3 Competitors are required to leave the designs to the end of the show as stated in 1.9 as Sunday 16th June. 2.3: All materials which has not been removed from the venue before 7.30pm Friday 14th June will be demolished.

A. The organisers require you to take away all the items on Friday night with exception of the surprise piece.


  1. Q. Could we know the size of the table? Will we be able to store items below it? Will the front of it be covered, or can we cover the front of it?

A. the preparation/working tables are provided by the GW team. We have asked for 90 cm height, 100cm length and 60 cm width. we will not know what they look like till we get to the show.


  1. Q Can we use bullion wire/decorative wire in pre-made design and task 2 and 3?

A. In schedule 1, yes


  1. Q. Can the top of the tree be wider than the 100cm base?

A. Yes there is no restriction.


  1. Q. Do I understand that we can’t bring any items prepared, and must use preparation time to make structures etc for bridal design and planter?

A. See preparation paragraph in Aide Memoire.


  1. Q. Can our container for planted design be premade.

A.  If a task description allows the making of frameworks, constructions, bases etc. for support of the floral arrangements, this also includes the fixing of floral foam and/or tubes (a small and narrow container of glass or synthetic material like a test-tube) with water on these supports. For these supports, it is in general not allowed to use any alive* floral material (requiring or not requiring life support) except cut branches* and seeds*. Branches must not bear leaves, fruits, berries, flowers.


  1. Q. Can flowers and plants be left on show ground on Thursday night or can we only unload materials for each day's tasks.

A. All unloading must be done on Thursday morning for both days.


  1. Q. The floral tree base 100cms does the upper part of the tree have any size regulations width wise?

A. There is no restriction on the upper part


  1. Q. What prep work can be done for items 2 and 3.

A. See preparation paragraphs in Aide Memoire


  1. .Q. Can frames and bases be made prior for the bridal and herb garden.

A. See preparation paragraphs in Aide Memoire.


  1. Q. Do we supply our own table for displaying of the herb garden.

A. You may supply your own table but it will not be judged. Tables provided by organisers will be available.


  1. Q. Thinking of logistics for the Thursday, will we need passes for the exhibitor’s car park or unloading? Is there a map available of where we will need to park?

A. We are in the Floral Marquee highlighted in red as Hall 16. You will need to ring me on entry so I can meet you with passes and exhibitor parking passes. 07966 849470. Exhibitor parking is normally in N11 and 12. 


  1. Q. (1.9) opening times say from 7am Friday but then (2.2) says 8.30-   9am Thursday OR Friday. There is no unloading time listed on Friday’s schedule. Please clarify

A. Due to restrictions by the NEC, all unloading must be done on Thursday morning for both competition days.


  1. Q. (2.4) assistants ‘not allowed to do any preparation work or any other work related to the competition but (2.7) says ‘competitor and his/ her assistant may prepare and condition the flower. Please clarify

A. Your assistant will be allowed to help during preparation time.


  1. Q. (2.7) Prep time. The schedule lists ‘see aide memoire’ for details but )2.7 says that ‘each task will have its own detailed description’ and if task description allows making frameworks/ construction, bases etc’.

A. Each schedule does not have a detailed description of the preparation. See preparation paragraph for details.


  1. Q. Will there be any staging time for task 1 other than the unloading time?

A. Yes-  please see new timetable.


  1. Q. Is there a width maximum for task one other than the base?

A. There is no restriction.


Q&A RHS Chelsea 2019 - from 1st - 12th April 2019

Dear Competitors.  Q&A for Chelsea 2019 is now CLOSED.  Here are the questions and answers for your information:-


  1. Q. Could you clarify that a head/block/wig and maybe fabric may be used to display/support the floral crown and placed on top of the plinth?

A. Yes, you may use these items please refer to page 9 - Staging on the Schedule 2nd and 7th sentence.


  1. Will the stand/prop used to display the crown (on top of the plinth provided) be judged as part of the overall design or is it completely excluded from the judging?

A. Only the crown is judged, please refer to schedule


  1. Q. Do the majority of the flowers need to be in a water source or could the majority be, for example, wired?

A. Please read the schedule in ’display material requirement’s, 2nd sentence -

A predominant amount of cut stems of all living plant material should be in water, or water retaining materials, or their stems sealed for longevity.’


  1. Q. In the schedule it states minimal dissection to be used. How far does this extend.? Is simply removing petals from a flower for reuse in a pattern? Does this include feathering? Or would it extend to the removal of small flower heads from transitional material.? 

A. Please research the word dissection and the word minimal.


  1. Q. Is the main technique for creating the crown wiring? Gluing and other technique can be used but just in minimum? Do I understand the proposition right?

A. Please read the schedule ‘Competitors may include wiring, minimal gluing or other modern floristry techniques. The use of glue or glued materials should be kept to a minimum.

Please research the word minimal.


  1. Q. Can we bring ready arrangement or is some minimum work required on a place? 

A. Competitor’s choice


  1. Q. Is there a height restriction for the crown?

A. No height restriction


  1. Q. Is it expected that at least some stems of all materials used will be directly in water, even those that don’t require water to survive? (E.g. succulents.)

A. Please read the schedule in ’display material requirement’s, 2nd sentence -

A predominant amount of cut stems of all living plant material should be in water, or water retaining materials, or their stems sealed for longevity.’


  1. Q. I have made the crown to fit my mannequin head which is the same size as my head, as I need to try the crown on as I work, for visual and actual balance. I am concerned that my head size may be different

(smaller) than the judges who will be trying it on. Will this be an issue?

A. Consideration will be made for different head sizes when judging takes place.


  1. Is it acceptable to glue my exhibit prop or stand, as I guess this will not be judged?

A 10. Only the crown is judged, please refer to schedule.


The Guild would like to offer very best wishes for every entry and hope you enjoy your remarkable opportunity.