A BUDDING florist has enjoyed competition success.
Ellana Crank, of Avondale, Ellesmere Port, was a runner-up in the North West heat of the Interflora Future Florist of the Year competition.
The event was held at the Village Hotel, Warrington, on November 8.
The theme was weddings and entrants had to create a centre piece for a bride’s table.
Ellana’s creation was based on an Indian-themed wedding using brightly coloured flowers and gold beads.
There were seven entrants in Ellana’s class and the others were aged 17-plus and work as florists.
Whitby High student Ellana, 15, said: “I got some magazines to flick through for some ideas.
“I didn’t intentionally go for an Indian theme, it was more the colours which inspired me and I knew I wanted it to be a tall display. It took me about three hours to make.
“I am thinking about floristry for a career. I took an introductory course at Reaseheath College but this is the first competition I have entered.”
Ellana works at Angela Rose Florist in Elton on a Saturday.
Owner Angela Weaver said: “I am over the moon for her. I hope she considers it as a future career as she has a natural flair for it.”
Whitby High School headteacher Margaret Hughes said: “We are very proud of Ellana, she is a real talent.”
Ellana will compete in the next round of heats next year as well as taking her Interflora floristry certificate.