First place for the third year running at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show

First place for the third year running at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show  
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Six Northumberland College Floristry students battled it out against other College’s to secure awards in the first big event in the gardening calendar, The Harrogate Spring Flower Show, which welcomes the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in horticulture.

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 country.

This year's student category was named "All the Right Moves", with students briefed to create a floral display representing a dance.

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 accessories.

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 great."

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 Northumberland College.

She said: "My knowledge of flowers and floristry technique has increased enormously and the course has given me my confidence back.

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.