Students To Create A Titanic Floral Display

Mon, 16/07/2001 - 01:00

2012 is a big year for Britain and Britain’s biggest marquee of floral art will be celebrating great events, past and present, with a fascinating feast of flowers.

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show (26-29 April), which hosts the largest flower arranging and floristry display of its kind in the UK, will feature a stunning array of more than 160 painstakingly prepared works of art, together with spectacular large scale displays from clubs and colleges across the country.

Floristry students from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus will be taking part in the Colleges’ Exhibition Stands Competition category. They will bring the past into the present with a display featuring the sinking of RMS Titanic.

Other historic events to be featured in flowers including 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).

Houghall floristry lecturer Sue Lee said: “The learners have been working extremely hard on the planning and design ideas for the competition, creating a spectacular display incorporating many different floristry techniques.

“I have high hopes for the team’s entry, but am sure whatever the result the experience will be one they will look back on very proudly”.

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.