Rated Britain's top gardening event by Which?, the event ran
from 21 - 24 April 2016, featuring beautiful show gardens, the very
latest in gardening trends, great shopping, live entertainment and
the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in the
This year's student category was named "All the Right Moves",
with students briefed to create a floral display representing a
Entrants are awarded marks for condition of flowers,
interpretation of the brief, how design principles and elements
were applied, colour and artistic content.
Second year Floristry Student, Anne Dodds, from Newcastle won
first place for her sassy and vibrant "Can Can display" with
Northumberland College teammate Kelly Neesam not far behind taking
third for her bright and bold "Samba display".
Anne had further success as she also won the overall student
award for student entries.
On the first day of the show, Northumberland College ran the
brand-new for 2016 Floral Hub, where visitors to the event could
come and 'have a go' at making their own displays and
The College's students past and current helped to run the hub,
and delivered activities including make your own Buttonhole and bow
and arranging a spring display.
Course Team Leader for Floristry Meg Ellison said: "I am so
proud of all of our students and what they have achieved. The
Floral Hub was also a great success and to see visitors walking
around with bows and displays we had helped them to create was
Head of the College's Land and Environment Academy, David Wear,
said: "Our floristry students have done tremendously well and have
worked hard to achieve this.
The displays were magnificent and the students have done
themselves and the college proud. It's also great to see our
previous students back to offer guidance and support."
Previous Floristry Students and Harrogate competitors from
Northumberland College have started their own businesses, as well
as arranging flowers for Kirkley Hall weddings and helping to run
college events and short courses.
Ex-student, Joanne Dixon, who swept the board at the show in
2015 has gained tremendous confidence and skills from her time at
She said: "My knowledge of flowers and floristry technique has
increased enormously and the course has given me my confidence
I am planning on using my knowledge and skills to start up a
business specialising in event and wedding flowers."
Northumberland College does a range of short and full time
courses in Floristry.
Courses on offer include a range of hands-on units including
identification of flowers, foliage and plants, producing and
maintaining shop displays, country basket arrangements and the
design and construction of floral arrangements.