Kelso florist, Gail Watson, has scooped top honours at the event to decide who will represent Scotland in the flower arranging competition at this year’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
Gail, who runs Border Blooms in Kelso’s Woodmarket, has only been working with flowers for six years and running her shop for just over two.
“To win through to compete at Chelsea is simply fantastic,” she told The Southern this week.
“I got this brochure at the shop which had mentioned taking part at Chelsea. So I entered and there were eight of us at Glasgow on Sunday to see who would represent Scotland.
“You had to take your arrangements with you – the theme was Asian wedding cake–- and the event was judged by the chap who had been the Queen Mother’s florist.
“So when I found out it was little me who would be representing Scotland at Chelsea, I was over the moon!”
Gail will not find out the theme for the arrangements for Chelsea’s floristry design marquee until nearer the time – this year’s flower show, again staged in the grounds of the Chelsea’s Royal Hospital, famous for its scarlet-liveried pensioners, runs from May 19-23.
And she added: “I’m really looking forward to taking part. It’ll be an amazing experience.”