WUC florists top #GardenDay competition

May 2021

Image for press release - Writtle University College floristry lecturer Helen Sheard and student Rachel Huggins wearing flower crowns
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College's floristry team is celebrating success! Staff and students were among the winners of a competition highlighting Garden Day 2021.

Garden Day returned on May 9th for its third successive year. The community movement highlights the life-enhancing power of outdoor and indoor garden spaces and encouraged plant-lovers to down tools for a day to make a flower crown, and share their plant spaces with family and friends.

For florists, the Garden Day symbol of support - the flower crown - offered an opportunity to showcase their creativity and skill. The Garden Day team encouraged florists to share the results with the #GardenDayCrown hashtag on social media, with organisers picking five winning entries.

Writtle University College students and staff showcased a series of outstanding entries. Event organisers picked part-time Level Three student Rachel and Floristry Lecturer Helen's crowns to be among the overall winners.

Rachel said: "I had a rewarding time constructing my crown with my class, sharing materials between us that we had foraged, exploring new flowers that we hadn't used in designs previously and saving air miles on importing too! I'm not only happy to have won the 'Garden Day UK Floristry competition', but I'm also appreciative of the opportunity that Writtle gave me to enter, as well as the beautiful flowers our blooming campus has provided us on our doorstep!"

Rachel and Helen both received a year-long membership for four to the stunning gardens of The Newt in Somerset and a Scents of the Garden gift set.

For more information on Writtle University College's floristry courses, writtle.ac.uk/FE-Floristry