Moreton Morrell floristry students head to Chelsea Flower Show - The Leamington Observer

Moreton Morrell floristry students head to Chelsea Flower Show

Leamington Editorial 3rd Apr, 2024   0

FLORISTRY students from Moreton Morrell College are heading off to RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

And they have certainly proved themselves the pick of the bunch – representing the only college chosen to put on a display.

The prestigious flower show runs from Tuesday May 21 to Saturday May 25 and eight students from the college’s floristry course will be present across the five days.

Jane Sked-Connop, Catey Burn, Heather Hume, Jen Jones, Anna Leoniak, Renata Petrauskiene, Amanda Stagg, and Katie Weekes will all be involved in creating the installation, under the guidance of the floristry tutor Jane Benefield.

And the installation will see contributions from across Warwickshire College Group. The college’s blacksmith Dafydd Bowles will be creating steel plates in the college forge to secure structures in the installation.

The Gatherum Centre, which works with supported learning students at the college, will be providing seed bombs and Pershore College, which is also part of WCG, will be contributing plants from its nurseries.

Local business Warwickshire Willow will be creating structures for the installation, while the college is also liaising with growers in the Netherlands for further flower materials.

Moreton Morrell College has received a grant from the Royal Horticultural Society to support the creation of the installation. It was chosen after an application process where colleges were invited to put forward concepts for an installation.

The five metre by five metre space will be titled ‘Awakening’. It has been designed by the students and will comprise a trio of double helices made from willow, reflecting birth, abundance, and decay.

Jane Benefield, tutor at the college and a seasoned competitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, said: “Showing and competing at RHS Chelsea is the pinnacle for any florist and we would like to thank the RHS for giving our students this magnificent opportunity.”

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