“The Botanical Company” is a new and vibrant floral design company set in the heart of the Surrey Hills.
Set up by Elizabeth Newcombe, RHS Chelsea Gold Medalist & Young Chelsea Florist of the Year 2019, The Botanical Company provides luxurious and bespoke flowers for weddings and events and floral design workshops.
Having chosen a vocational route though City & Guilds in Professional Floristry at Merrist Wood College, Guildford Elizabeth has worked her way through levels 2, 3, 4 & 5, obtaining her Master Floristry last year. She was delighted to be awarded the British Florist Association Rose bowl for the highest practical marks in the country at the British Florist Association Gala Dinner in 2018 together with receiving the British Florist Association's Special Recognition Award in 2019. Throughout all her studies and work experience, her dream was to one day own her own wedding and event florist business, providing a bespoke service. She also wanted to provide workshops for customers and to encourage new young florists into the vocation, as she herself was encouraged.
Whilst training for her Master Diploma in Floristry, Liz represented the United Kingdom on multiple occasions as a participant of Team UK in the Skills Olympics with Worldskills with the Championship being held in Russia in August 2019.
The WorldSkills competition received great coverage by the BBC and Liz found herself giving interviews to the media on BBC Breakfast and throughout the competition days in Kazan. After a fierce and challenging four-day competition, Liz was awarded a Medallion of Excellence, following next in the scoring to the four gold medallists, effectively putting her into the amazing 5th place in the world.
To have won the Gold Medal at Chelsea was a dream come true
During WorldSkills, Liz was invited to take part in the Chelsea Young Florist of The Year 2019 competition. This involved designing and creating a floral crown to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth which took over 300 hours to create. The competition took place overnight in the floral marquee finishing at 2am. Judging took place early the following morning and Liz was delighted to receive a gold medal for her floral crown and the title of Young Chelsea Florist of The Year 2019, as seen on BBC. She also a won best in Show award.