College Wins Silver At Harrogate Flower Show

Mon, 2001-08-13 01:00

A team of floristry students have returned triumphant after scooping a Silver Medal at the prestigious Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2012.

The team from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus took part in the ‘College Exhibition Stand Competition’ at the annual show, held on 26th to 29th April.

The students were asked to bring the past into the present, so the seven part time and two full time students set about creating a stunning display featuring the sinking of RMS Titanic.

Other historic events represented in flowers included The Queen’s Coronation (Shipley College, West Yorks), the bloody War of the Roses (Craven College, Skipton), the legendary tale of Elizabeth 1 and Sir Walter Raleigh (Wigan & Leigh College), the gruesome Black Death backdrop to the traditional children’s nursery rhyme ‘Ring o Ring o Roses’ (Doncaster College) and the fall of the Berlin Wall (Askham Bryan College).

The silver winning team included floristry students Odette Hook, Lisa Nolan, Beckie Robinson, Karen Reynolds, Katie Robinson, Chelsea Rutley, Rachel Grindley, Kathryn Scott and Jackie Robertson.

Floristry lecturer Meg Ellison was absolutely delighted with the team’s effort and success. “I’m absolutely thrilled for the team; the learners worked so hard creating a great display for the competition.

“The learners were from three different groups within the college, and worked on separate parts of the display, and then all came together the day before the show to create and assemble the display at the showground,” she explained.

Further success for the team was an individual third place medal for William Gardner, aged 23, from Richmond, who created an arrangement to promote the Yorkshire Dales.

The annual spring and autumn Harrogate Flower Shows, run by the North of England Horticultural Society, are the UK’s biggest independent gardening events, attracting a total of around 100,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors each year.