Budding gardeners from Bath College have won the prestigious title of RHS Chelsea Floristry College of the Year.

The team of floristry students joined exhibitors and world-renowned designers at the show at the end of May.

They spent weeks creating their exhibit, a reclining lady with a full skirt of flowers, complete with a floral headdress and parrot.

Floristry tutor Jo Matthews was delighted to see her students’ work recognised at the world’s biggest flower show with a gold medal.

She said: “It’s great to see the students have the opportunity to compete. This will give them a really good grounding for their future careers.

“The students are absolutely ecstatic. It’s all about precision and they worked very hard as a team. We can now call ourselves the top college for floristry in the UK.”

Bath was one of four colleges chosen to compete at the show, with judges marking exhibits on ideas, colour, composition and technique.

The silver medal was awarded to Reaseheath College in Cheshire, and bronze to Writtle College in Essex.


Main photo: Bath College’s gold medal-winning reclining lady exhibit

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