Success for Capel at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Capel Manor College were delighted to see students and alumni gain award recognition at the world’s largest annual flower show, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this week. With a staggering 130,000 visitors each year, the event provides a momentous day for all garden enthusiasts.


The floristry team were awarded bronze for their interpretation of the flamboyant Rio Carnival in the RHS Hampton Court Future Florist Competition. The display celebrates the richness of Hampton Court with a wall hanging using fresh material on top of a framework of chicken wire. It also incorporates the vivacity of the parakeets that now inhabit the locality in large numbers. The base of the display has a floral border of sunflowers, willow and other fresh materials and plants. The use of materials collected from the natural environment celebrates nature’s special relationship with all of its inhabitants.

Natalie Revett, head of floristry and balloon artistry, said: “What fantastic success for the College and our students at the show especially as our students were competing against professional florists from industry. Our floristry courses have been specifically designed to provide the skills to be successful in the industry and these awards are a reflection of this. I wholeheartedly congratulate everyone involved, we couldn’t have done it without the passion of our teachers and enthusiasm of our students.”

Malcolm Goodwin, deputy principal, 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 here at Capel Manor College. We encourage our students to get involved from the initial idea phase to the creation of the exhibition. I am bowled over by the team’s imagination in designing a garden linking Hampton Court to the Rio Carnival, this is an amazing tribute to their skills and excellence. We pride ourselves on offering the students opportunities like this one, which shows great potential in all involved.”

Capel Manor College is London’s largest land based college and has a vast alumni of students that go on to achieve amazing things in the garden design and horticulture industries, three recently graduated garden design students won gold for their gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Gold medal winner Robert Barker based his ‘The Red Thread’ design on an ancient Chinese myth that states that when we are born the gods tie our ankles with a red thread and attach it to all the people whose lives we’re destined to touch.

The Red Thread
Robert Barker – The Red Thread

John Warland won gold for his ‘The World Vision Garden’ design which symbolises journeys of life. Inspired by the lives of children around the world, the floating waves of turf each represent an individual life. The undulations symbolise how unpredictable and vulnerable life is, especially for children living in places where poverty and disasters strike.

John Warland - The World Vision Garden
John Warland – The World Vision Garden

Arit Anderson, won gold for her ‘Near Future Garden’ design. As visitors enter the garden they follow a meandering path embedded with footprints. The centre of the garden, visible as a vortex of black ‘oil’, represents our heavy carbon use. It appears to be slowly draining away as we continue to burn fossil fuels.

Arit Anderson - Near Future Garden
Arit Anderson – Near Future Garden

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