Vietnamese-Born Gardener Wins Silver at International Flower Show

Rose Cao's design features an intricate lamp post adorned with a flame surrounded by a vibrant blend of purple and yellow flowers, producing a soft, natural light.


Rose Cao, 37, a Vietnamese citizen residing in Serbia, has been awarded the Silver Award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in 2023. Her remarkable accomplishment is a testament to her dedication and commitment to horticulture, and has made her an inspiration to many aspiring gardeners around the world. Cao’s stunning display of flowers and plants were praised for their beauty and craftsmanship, and her success marks a great achievement for both her and her country.

The floral work titled “Dance of Light” by Rose Cao. Photo: Rose Cao’s Instagram 

Rose Cao, also known as Cao Thi Huyen, has made history by becoming the first Vietnamese winner of the world’s most prestigious annual flower show organized by Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in London from May 23 to 27. The remarkable achievement has earned her global recognition and admiration from the horticulture community.

Her stunning display of Vietnamese orchids, including the rare and exotic Phalaenopsis Lady Rose, captivated the judges and won her the gold medal in the Floral Design category. The display also included an array of other blooms such as roses, lilies, and tulips, all of which were carefully arranged in a beautiful and eye-catching manner.

Cao’s success is a testament to the hard work and dedication she has put into her craft over the years. She has not only earned the admiration of her peers but has also inspired many aspiring florists to pursue their dreams. This impressive victory is a reminder of the importance of perseverance and determination in achieving one’s goals.

Rose stated that her design portrays an image of a flame and incorporates an array of flowers in shades of purple and yellow to create a natural radiance that illuminates the flower lamp post.

According to the florist, her design adheres to the Chelsea Flower Show’s criteria for the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly horticulture – as it does not use any plastic.

Rose had six months to prepare her design for submission to the 50-judge exhibition jury. She used the time to carefully craft her project, ensuring the quality of her work met the high standard expected by the judges. She worked diligently to create a piece that would capture the attention of the jurors and showcase her talent. She sought feedback from her peers and mentors, refined her design, and crossed her fingers that she had done enough to be chosen. Finally, the day of the exhibition arrived and Rose nervously presented her design to the judges. After a long wait, she was elated to hear that her design had been selected!

Rose states that the hard work she puts in is incredibly rewarding. She is filled with immense pride at being a winner, and the opportunity to showcase her floral art – designed by a Vietnamese artist – to flower-lovers in Britain.

“The award can help motivate Vietnamese floral designers to demonstrate their creativity and skill in such a renowned competition as the Chelsea Flower Show,” she stated.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous flower show in the world. It is a celebration of creativity, design and horticultural excellence, featuring stunning show gardens, beautiful floral displays, and expert advice.

Held at the majestic Royal Hospital Chelsea in London from May 23 to 27, the event brings together nearly 300 of the leading British and international companies and garden and floral designers. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is renowned as the most famous flower show in the world and is a spectacular celebration of creativity, design, and horticultural excellence. Visitors can enjoy stunning show gardens, beautiful floral displays, and expert advice.

 Overseas Vietnamese florist Rose Cao and one of her creations. Photo courtesy of Rose Cao

This year’s exhibition features over 100 stunning garden and floral designs, with 270 booths showcasing a variety of horticultural products. It’s anticipated to attract an impressive 200,000 visitors.

Formerly known as the Great Spring Show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a five-day garden show held in May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in Chelsea, London. The show is attended by members of the British Royal Family and has been held in the city since 1912.

The awe-inspiring show gardens, designed by renowned experts and located around the Floral Marquee, are one of the main attractions of the Chelsea Flower Show. Visitors can also discover a range of smaller gardens, including the Artisan and Urban Gardens.

The Flower Show is a much-loved destination for members of the British Royal Family, celebrities, professional and amateur gardeners alike. It is an event that celebrates the beauty of nature, offering a wide selection of vibrant flowers and plants for all to enjoy. From unique floral displays to expert advice, the Flower Show is an event not to be missed.

The late Queen Elizabeth II is said to have made over 50 visits, becoming a regular visitor to the location.