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Date: 30th April 2018

Hours and hours of work have paid off for horticulture students from Askham Bryan College as they celebrate a clutch of top awards from the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, one of the UK's leading horticultural events.

The accolades include the Best in Show (Floristry), Gold and Silver Medals, plus a second place award and numerous individual prizes. Displays and entries from the York-based college could be seen in all corners of the event.

The creativity and technical skills of five students resulted in a Best in Show Award and Gold Medal for their exhibit “The Natural Dressing Room” which depicted a walk- wardrobe of a model's couture dressing room.

The five each chose a piece of clothing as inspiration to create the display, making accessories such as handbags and hats, all with natural materials. Feathers, bark and wood featured, with accent flowers to complete the picture.

The students were Tristan Slater and Peter Farley both of York, Olivia Wain of Garforth,. Leeds, Poppy Brokenbrow of Tadcaster and Jennifer Gerrad of Huddersfield. They are all studying for their Level 3 diploma in horticulture. In addition several other students received second and third prizes, which, given that most were first years, was particularly impressive.

Kate Pepper, Senior Lecturer in Floristry said: “They have put in hours and hours of work, and it's a mark of their skills and dedication to have achieved their success. As a college we have a long history of successes in horticulture so it's wonderful that that tradition continues. The five are all working at various high street flower shops around the area and I am sure this will be a great asset to their future careers.”

Elsewhere at the show, the college's Show Garden took a Silver Award and their Secret Shed display was placed second in what is a new competition at the event.

The Show Garden theme was “Tranquil Yorkshire” with a palette of green and purple  and was designed to be a miniature oasis of tranquility. An arbor, a rustic recycled sleeper path, Yorkshire Rose paved feature and handcrafted gate coupled with imaginative planting, created the epitome of peace and contemplation which clearly caught the judge's eye.

The problem of home ownership for “generation rent” ie 16 – 34 year olds, provided the inspiration for two pocket sized gardens by RHS Level 2 students. The first was turfed in a bar code design providing an imaginative twist on stepping stones and the second, created a plantaholic's paradise for a small city garden. 

Askham Bryan College has centres across the North of England with a range of horticulture courses for all levels and interests. Facilities include an acre of glasshouses, undercover hard landscaping area, extensive range of plant species and student plots.

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show runs from Thursday 26 April to Sunday 29 April and takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

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