Posted on 26 May 2017
Merrist Wood College Floristry students have been working tirelessly since March to create their vibrant floral exhibit for this year’s ‘Future Florists’ category at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
Their exhibit, on show from 23-27 May, received a bronze medal which is a fantastic achievement for all involved
They were tasked with decorating a motorised tuk tuk to recreate a ‘vibrant city street scheme’ which ‘reflects a bustling street full of flowers’. The design process allowed the students to explore and experiment with a range of different techniques, plants and flowers, culminating in a spectacular final piece which incorporated lively colours, cascading flowers and vibrant garlands.
Floristry Lecturer, Lesley Prendergast, said: "Our students have worked extremely hard over the last two months and it has paid off. Their final piece is superb and they should be very proud of themselves.”
Previous Merrist Wood College student, Charlotte Harris, also won a gold award at the show with her debut Show Garden design, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the 10th anniversary of the Bank’s Blue Water Project.
Charlotte spent two weeks in Canada to research the Bank’s North American homeland, with its spectacular forests and freshwater lakes, to get inspiration for her final design which incorporated delicate woodland plant life, with angular granite paving and impressive copper structures.
Working with Charlotte to create the garden was local landscaping firm, Landscape Associates, who took along two Merrist Wood College apprentices to help them complete the task. Jake Foulger and Callum Gilfillan are both completing their Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture (Landscape Construction) with Merrist Wood College.
Another apprentice who attended the Chelsea Flower Show with his firm was Tom Rushmer, who is nearing completion of his Landscaping Apprenticeship with the College. Along with his company, Landform Consultants, Tom helped work on two artesian gardens at the show and won gold for their Seedlip Garden, and silver for their The Poetry Lover's Garden. This is the second time Tom has worked on an RHS Show Garden, after he worked on three gardens at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show last year.
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