Karen to make her debut at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
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South West College floristry student, Karen Sherwin, will make her debut at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 21st – 25th May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.

Therese Quinn, Floristry tutor and Floristry student, Karen Sherwin who is preparing to represent South West College and her family floristry business, George Preston Flowers at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

Having studied catering and hotel management, Karen spent 7 years working in Birmingham before leaving her position as general catering manager at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to return home to take up a position in her family flower business, George Preston Flowers in Newry, where she has been based for the past 6 years. During the last 6 years as a florist, Karen has been constantly pushing herself to conquer new challenges and she continues to travel the length and breadth of Ireland showcasing her work, as well as competing at floristry competitions. Karen joined the City and Guilds Diploma in Floristry course at the South West College in Dungannon in 2011 and although she is relatively new to the industry, Karen is certainly making an impression and she is the current holder of the Interflora Florist of the Future UK and Ireland title. Speaking about making it to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, Karen said, “I am totally thrilled to be competing at the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show – it really is a dream come true for me! “I am already taken aback by the enthusiasm and encouragement from my family, friends, customers in the shop, my course tutor and course colleagues. I hope to do everyone proud!” Therese Quinn, Floristry Tutor, South West College added, “Karen had put an immense amount of work into her coursework and competition pieces and she is truly deserving of her place at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show where she will represent herself, her business and the South West College. “Karen has a true passion for floristry which is evident in her amazing work, as well as her enthusiasm to apply the knowledge learned on the course to her blossoming professional floristry career. “From everyone at South West College – we wish Karen every success at the Chelsea Flower Show,” she added.  
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