Talented young florist Katie-Jane Pridmore the is bidding for gold in one of the world’s biggest gardeners’ shows.
The 24-year-old is one of 16 young hopefuls chosen from the UK to compete in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Katie-Jane wowed judges with her work in the regional heat of the competition before being put forward for the final, which will take place this weekend.
Her work could be seen by 150,000 visitors, including celebrities and Royals, over the five days when it goes on display on Sunday.
Katie-Jane, of Hazlerigg, Newcastle, said: “I’m really excited about the competition, I just hope I do really well.
“The competition is marked on points and that depends if you are awarded bronze, silver of gold and a gold medal would be lovely.”
Katie-Jane, who was awarded a silver medal for her work at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012, decided to become a florist after giving up her childhood dreams of becoming a police woman.
And after working part-time in her mum Lesley’s flower shop, the Flower Cabin in Seaton Delaval, she decided to make a career out of floristry.
She said: “I always wanted to be a police officer then when my mum bought the shop I began working there every Saturday.
“I quite liked it and everything happened from there.”
The florists short listed for the show were asked to create a floral fantasy gown for a crystal themed ball.
Exactly what flowers the young florist will use is a secret but Katie-Jane will travel down to London on Saturday and will pull together her entry on Sunday.
She said: “We were given the brief about two months ago and I have been working on my entry since.
“I started collecting ideas and colours and for the past four weeks I have worked every night on it after work.
“It’s finished now and I can’t do anything else until the day.”
Katie-Jane’s design will be displayed in the Flower Cabin following the show.