East Durham College's Floristry students Wimbledon style display at Harrogate Flower Show

Students Win Silver As They Create A Slice Of SW19 In Harrogate

Sat, 2002-04-13 01:00

A group of Durham-based students have picked up a coveted medal at the 102nd Harrogate Spring Flower Show that begins today at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The team of seven budding floristry students from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus won a silver medal, for their ‘Wimbledon’ themed display, whilst taking part in the Colleges’ competition category at this year’s show.

The level 3 floristry students started planning back in January when they were challenged to create a display based on the competition theme of ‘A Great Day Out’.

Student Karen Reynolds, 52, from Newton Aycliffe, came up with the idea of Wimbledon and along with her team mates Sophie Phillips, Will Gardner, Harriet Peacock, Rebecca Walton, Rebecca Morgan and Alison Farrelly they brought the idea to life.

To create the famous purple, green and white of the Wimbledon brand the team used a range of flowers including; Vanda Orchids, Trachelium, Veronica and Delphinium for the purple; Orchids, Roses, Phalaenopsis and Avalanche for the white; and Anthurium and the Wimbledon Rose for the green.

And Harriet, 19, from Hipswell Village Catterick, who works part-time at Hutton Flowers in Northallerton, was delighted with the medal and described the event as “the best day out ever”.

“It’s been really stressful in the build up to the show as we finalised our plans and props particularly the tennis net we needed, but Karen managed to fashion one last minute from her Grandson’s football goals net,” said Harriet.

“The whole team worked really well together, it was very hard work but the display looked fantastic. All-in-all it was the best day out ever!”

In addition to the team medal, Level 2 student Jill Potter, 55, from Newton Aycliffe, also won an individual bronze.

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

“I am delighted that they won a medal amongst some very stiff competition and I’m very proud of how creative they were and how they worked so well as a team”.

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show (25-28 April), is the largest flower arranging and floristry display of its kind in the UK, featuring a stunning array of more than 160 painstakingly prepared works of art. This year there are a record seventeen show gardens at the event.

Martin Fish, show director, said: “We have doubled the number of outdoor show gardens since they were launched to mark our centenary in 2011. Harrogate Spring Flower Show has over 100 of the UK’s leading nurseries.”