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Jenny Murphy, from Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, will enter a chandelier into the Chelsea Flower Show.

Jenny Murphy, from Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, will enter a chandelier into the Chelsea Flower Show.

Jenny Murphy, from Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, will enter a chandelier into the Chelsea Flower Show.

AN IRISH florist is designing a flower-strewn chandelier fit for a queen as she makes her debut at the Chelsea Flower Show in London next month.

Jenny Murphy, from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, has already designed the bouquets and arrangements for a host of showbiz weddings including the nuptials of Westlife's Shane Filan and Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley.

However, she is upping the opulence as she creates a chandelier to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.

"It's scary in one sense as I'm only six years in floristry, but I've never attended Chelsea so there's excitement too," she said.

Competitors in the Chelsea Florist of the Year competition must create a chandelier that is 70pc plant material and measures no more than 2m by 1m. It must also feature diamond crystals.

The chandelier must be able to last for several days so the flowers will have to withstand the heat of a London marquee in May.

She has eight weeks to design and construct her chandelier in time for the show which starts on May 20.

Irish Independent