Gold medal winners and ‘Best Floristry College exhibit’ in show

July 2012

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Today, at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show a team of Writtle Students and staff received the news that their floral exhibit had won a gold medal and that their design was the ‘Best Floristry College Exhibit’ in show.

The exhibit, named Lady of Shallot, included a floral dress made out of preserved stakys leaves with an embossed floral bodice, while 200 David Austen roses and varieties of spray roses were used to make the detailed skirt.

Elaine Thackray, Lecturer in Floristry at Writtle commented: “After an exhausting and emotional week the floristry team are so pleased to have received such momentous recognition for all their hard work. We are all so passionate about the design and can’t wait to spend the rest of the week talking about it with the public.”

The design is the result of team work from a group of Level 2 Further Education floristry students, all based on the theme - Romance and roses. Together with support from colleagues across the College, even the boat was handmade; and with weeks of preparation the floristry team of students and staff brought together the stunning floral design at Hampton Court in just a day.

The exhibit can be found in the Romance & Roses Marquee at stand number RR/9, where floristry staff and students will be available each day from today until Sunday 8 July. On Thursday 5 July staff and students will be demonstrating a handtied arrangement and bridal bouquet in the talks theatre.

Pictured- The Exhibit in situ at Hampton Court