From an enormous fruit tree to a flower bee, Capel Manor College scoops Gold and Silver-gilt at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

The Hampton Court Flower show held between Tuesday, 4 and Sunday, 9 July is one of the best loved events in the gardening calendar and Capel Manor College were delighted to see current students and an alumni gain award recognition at this year’s sold-out show.

Capel’s floristry students were awarded Silver-gilt and Best in Show for their intricate exhibit that incorporated a ‘super bee’ with goggles to emphasise the fantasy theme, Bugs and Beasties. Designed by Level 3 student Leaha Meale, the exhibit was constructed of flora elements sitting on a daisy of mixed flowers. The over-sized bee brings to the forefront the importance and protection of bees in our environment today. The bee will be on display at both the Enfield and Gunnersbury Park college centres over the summer.

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Bill Wilder won a Gold award and Best Conceptual Garden for ‘Elements of Life’. The stunning exhibit featured a mature pomegranate tree planted in soil, suspended above a Perspex box containing water and the root system. Bill’s mission was to make the unseen visible. In order to encourage a better understanding of the significance of well-maintained soil and root osmosis. The pomegranate tree will be planted in the wonderful gardens at Capel Manor, Enfield. Bill graduated from Capel 15 years ago and now runs a successful garden design business in Sweden. Our current garden design students at Capel helped Bill with this substantial build, gaining invaluable hands-on experience of garden design and construction in the unique show environment.

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Malcolm Goodwin, the College’s Principal Designate said: “Helping to create an exhibition at the esteemed RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is yet another example of how our students are given boundless opportunities to develop their skills and experiences and have fun while studying. We encourage our students to get involved from the initial idea phase to the creation of the exhibition as this real-world experience cannot be bettered as a preparation to work or higher study. We are proud of our students’ achievement and pride ourselves on offering all our students opportunities like this one”

Capel Manor College is London’s largest and best land based college (with five centres across the Capital) and has a vast alumni of students that go on to achieve amazing things in the floristry, garden design and horticulture industries. Applications are still open for September, find out more at www.capel.ac.uk.

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