Shipley College's Floristry and Horticulture teams have been celebrating outstanding success at this year's Harrogate Flower Show. 

The show, run by the North of England Horticultural Society, sees 50,000 visitors descend on the Great Yorkshire Showground each April. It is the most prestigious of it's kind in the region, and has been held since 1911. 


In the Floral Art competition's Floral Colleges: Ancient Greece category, Shipley College were named overall winner, best in show, and the only recipient of a Gold award for our display 'Poseidon: King of the Sea & Earthquakes' (pictured)



Meanwhile, in the Creative Borders competition, Shipley College students and staff were honoured with not one but two 5-star awards for 'A Border to Dye For' and 'It's All Downhill From Here' alongside a 4-star award for 'Fallen Tree Garden'. Judges said the displays told good stories and excellently fit the brief.





HFS Daniel Spillane

The good news didn't end there, with our show garden, 'A Saltaire Story' being awarded a prestigious Silver Gilt prize, and it continued even further with the news that former Shipley College Floristry and Horticulture students had also been successful across the board under their own steam, including this striking floral design from former student Daniel Spillane. 

"We are thrilled to have once again excelled at this prestigious event. Huge thanks to our brilliant staff for helping to make it happen, and congratulations to all of the students involved - these are achievements that can help define your future careers!"

Cath Russell, Head of Department - Business, Travel, Horticulture & Sport  



"I'm personally so proud of what we have achieved in the last week in what has been cold, wet and windy conditions and want to say thank you to the students for all their hard work and for the staff that supported the project.  We couldn't have done it without you."
Helena Glassup, Course Leader, Horticulture

If you are interested in following in these footsteps, follow the links below to browse some of our Floristry and Horticulture courses for adults:

Horticulture & Gardening - Qualification Courses

Floristry - Qualification Courses

Flower Arranging & Gardening - Lifestyle & Leisure Courses


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