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Hadlow Floristry Students win Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Posted on 20th May 2015 in Floristry


Hadlow College’s Floristry department are celebrating after being awarded a ‘Gold’ medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and also winning RHS Chelsea Floristry College of the year 2015.

The theme for the competition was “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland”, requiring the creation of three set floristry designs: a teapot, a cake and a chair.

Planning and initial ideas started back in January 2015 by four Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry students: Caroline Miller, Sarah Bateup, Hillary Daniels and Lindsey Ward.

As well as the time and effort put in by our students, one of the biggest challenges was construction and assembly, in which our Estates team played a significant part, designing how the teapot could be suspended. 

On arrival at the showground on Sunday 17th May timescales were tight, vehicles were to arrive no earlier than 3.30pm and allowed half an hour to unload.  Students were able to work on their show pieces for six hours, between 4pm and 10pm.

Two show pieces were allowed to have been constructed beforehand and arrive readymade, these were the cake and chair.  The chair interestingly had been made in Suffolk by Lindsey with the help of specialist company Coppice Designs.

At the showground the students worked tirelessly, Sarah worked on the tea pot, Caroline worked on the cake, whilst Hillary and Lindsey used the pavé technique to create the pouring effect for the teapot and decorated the chair.  Design ideas for the project were led by Caroline.

Judging took place around 8am on Monday 18th May, although winners were not announced until Tuesday.

Winning a ‘Gold’ at Chelsea is an amazing result for the team.   This is the first time the Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry course has been run at Hadlow College, making these four students the first Level 5 students to qualify here.  The RHS Chelsea Floristry College of the year award is also a new initiative, making these the first students to win this prestigious award.

The Level 5 Master Diploma in Professional Floristry is the highest British floristry qualification that can be awarded and this win at Chelsea marks a wonderful end to the students’ 2 year programme.

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