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Vietnamese florist wins silver at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

Vietnamese florist wins silver at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 10:19 GMT+7
Vietnamese florist wins silver at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023
Flower designer Cao Thi Huyen (Rose Cao) poses for a photo at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 in a photo posted on her Instagram account

At this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Vietnamese floral designer Cao Thi Huyen, also known as Rose Cao, won the silver medal in the floral arrangement category with her work 'Dance of light.'

Huyen, living in Serbia, is the first Vietnamese woman to win the prize at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, according to the Vietnam News Agency. 

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, officially known as the Great Spring Show, is a prestigious annual flower show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The event has been held in Chelsea since 1912.

Cao Thi Huyen's work 'The Dance of Light' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 in a photo posted on her Instagram account

Cao Thi Huyen's work 'The Dance of Light' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 in a photo posted on her Instagram account

Efforts, dream of Vietnamese florist

Creating the 'Dance of Light,' 37-year-old Huyen wanted to show the image of fire by using different kinds of flowers with purple and yellow hues.

She also incorporated natural light into a lamppost adorned with flowers. 

It is worth noting that her design adhered to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s green standards by not using any plastic items, aligning with the focus on sustainability and environment-friendly gardening.

To be eligible for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is considered the final world competition of flower arrangements for florists, Huyen spent six months preparing and submitting her floral designs for review by the organizers. 

Her design had to impress five judges at the show to win the award, highlighting the fruit of her relentless efforts.

She was happy to have the opportunity to bring the artistry of a Vietnamese florist to people in the UK who have a passion for flowers.

Huyen hopes that her achievement will inspire other Vietnamese floral designers to participate in world-class events like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Huyen worked as an employee for Schlumberger Ltd., a company specializing in the oil and gas sector in Singapore, before becoming a professional floral designer.

She initially became interested in flower arrangements when she received weekly flower gifts from her current husband.

To express her appreciation and seek relief from her stressful job, she decided to learn floral design and eventually turned her passion into a professional career.

Her love for flowers gradually developed into a passion after her attending a professional floral arrangement course at Nobleman School of Floral Design in Singapore, where Huyen was able to put her artistic talent into design.

Later, she decided to take on the challenge of participating in the Singapore Garden Festival 2016, where she had to survive four qualifying tournaments before winning one of the two silver prizes (there was no gold prize) at the competition.

This success motivated her to continue her pursuit of a professional florist career.

Now, with the silver prize from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, she is eligible for training to become an international judge for floral arrangement competitions, which is her long-term goal.

Flower designer Cao Thi Huyen (Rose Cao) in a supplied photo

Annual flower show of the British royal family

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London from May 23 to 27. 

The event featured around 100 flower and garden arrangements, along with 270 booths showcasing gardening items and tools. 

With nearly 300 companies, nurseries, floral and garden designers participating, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show attracted approximately 200,000 visitors. 

It is considered the United Kingdom's most prestigious flower exhibition, often referred to as a 'fashion show' and 'World Cup' for international gardeners.

Many special and unique types of flowers displayed at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023. Photo: RHS

Many special and unique types of flowers displayed at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023. Photo: RHS

The show has been a popular destination for members of the British Royal Family, celebrities, professional gardeners, and amateurs alike. 

Queen Elizabeth II was a frequent visitor to the show, having attended it more than 50 times during her lifetime.

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