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Flower arranger wins 9th medal while competing at Chelsea Flower Show for 10th time

PUBLISHED: 09:48 24 May 2017

Ms Adby incorporated shells into this year's design, in keeping with her theme

Ms Adby incorporated shells into this year's design, in keeping with her theme

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Sheila Adby has been awarded for her exhibit called Message In A Bottle

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One of the world’s most prestigious garden shows - Chelsea Flower Show - opened to the public yesterday, again inspiring millions through showcasing award-winning garden designs.

Orpington secretary, and multi-award winning flower arranger, Sheila Adby has just won her ninth medal while competing in the floral arrangements session for the 10th time at Chelsea.

She said: “I missed out on the gold medal by just two points but I’m thrilled to have been awarded a silver gilt medal. The class title was Destination Unknown and I called my exhibit Message In A Bottle.”

Ms Adby is adding her silver-gilt to her already brimming medal collection consisting of “two gold medals, one silver gilt medal, two silver medals, and three bronze.”

Her design took months to make, after she found out her application had been successful in January.

She added: “Once I’ve got my design planned I tend to live with a mock up of it in my lounge for a couple of months as I experiment with different plant materials in order to get the right effect. I have known some sleepless nights in the process.”

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