Students blossoming at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Students blossoming at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park1Two students from Warwickshire College Group are in the spotlight as they take part in competitions at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Lydia Mackay, a BSc Horticulture student from Pershore College, has been selected to take part in the RHS Young Planting Designer 2016 competition. This competition aims to find the best emerging talent from the Landscape and Plant Design arena. Lydia has been partnered with a finalist from the Young Landscape Contractor 2016, Ewan Sewell, to create a complete garden at the show.

Each garden will be given a different style and soil type to produce either a countryside, coastal or urban focus. This will be translated into the planting schemes and material chosen by the finalists. The gardens will then be judged, with one winning talent from each category will be crowned winner of RHS Young Planting Designer and winner of RHS Young Landscape Contractor.

Lydia has been working at Tatton throughout this week in preparation for the show opening next week. She said, “It’s a really exciting competition to be involved with, as not only do we get to create the garden at Tatton, but we get expert mentorship too. Our garden has a coastal theme which has really suited me and I can’t wait for everyone to see the finished result.”

You can follow Lydia’s progress on her Instagram @lrmackay

Students blossoming at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park2Moreton Morrell College floristry student Dean Sharpe will also be showcasing his skills at the show, as he takes part in the UK Florist of the Year competition. Dean qualified after winning a regional heat, and will compete against five other florists in the finals where they will have to complete three wedding-themed creations under time constraints. You can follow Dean’s progress on his Instagram @DeanSharpe84

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park takes place from Wednesday 20-Sunday 24 July.

For more information about horticulture and floristry courses at Warwickshire College Group, go to

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