CHARD NEWS: Floral designer Jackie excited by show invitations

CHARD NEWS: Floral designer Jackie excited by show invitations

TWO prestigious invitations to showcase her artificial flower arrangements have just been received by South Somerset award-winning floral designer Jackie Nicholls who is based near Chard.

The first is from Taunton Flower Show, known as “The Chelsea of The West”, which will take place at Vivary Park in Taunton on August 3-4, 2018.

“I’m thrilled to have been asked back again to showcase my work at such a highly respected event. I’m very excited and am sure this year will be even more impressive than before,” said Jackie, of Ashville Design.

Another major invitation arrived from Buckfast Abbey in Devon to exhibit at its Millennium Garden Fair, celebrating the opening of their Millennium Garden which won an RHS Silver Medal at RHS Malvern’s Spring Festival last year. Entry is free.

Jackie added: “I’m honoured to be asked to join these unique celebrations at such a beautiful and tranquil location. The Abbey, grounds and the new Millennium Garden are quite simply outstanding.”

Head gardener Aaron Southgate said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Jackie with her artificial flower displays. Elegant, crisp and colourful combinations make her work a must for the creative minded.

“The award- winning Millennium Garden has been carefully recreated so it now has a permanent place at the Abbey. It is a real privilege to be introducing Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden Fair to the public. It will showcase many important and diverse rural and garden skills in the South West.

“It will bring us together in a spirit of co-operation and enjoyment for some great charitable causes too. Celebrating 1,000 years of monastic presence here and the beautiful grounds will show people what a great welcome we provide. I expect it to be a fabulous day of celebration and fun for all.”

Toby Buckland, of BBC Radio Devon fame, along with other gardening and wildlife experts will be hosting talks and presentations, sharing their wealth of knowledge and offering a few gardening tips too.

For more information visit 01460 67795 or 07906 259 683 or 01364 645500.

PHOTO – TOP: Jackie Nicholls.