Planting Seeds for the Future
Doncaster College's Floristry Department is in full
bloom as yet another of its students picked up an award, this time
at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
Eighteen-year-old Stephanie Tue from Barnsley picked up a Silver
Gilt Medal with her piece inspired by the theme of the Queen's
Jubilee. Stephanie created a chandelier, which stood two meters
high and one meter wide and weighed less than twenty-five kilos.
The piece took three hours to create, and was exhibited over three
days. Stephanie selected flowers in an array of purple and pink
tones for her entry, including orchids, lilies and African
The opportunity to enter The Chelsea Flower Show was given to
her when she won the qualifier at the Country Baskets in Leeds. The
competition at Chelsea was very tough as she was up against sixteen
other contestants in her category of Young Florist of the Year.
Stephanie has just completed her Level 3 Floristry course at
Doncaster College and is hoping to carry on her education with a
Level 4 qualification in the future.
This victory comes just weeks after another group of floristry
students from Doncaster College, including Stephanie, picked up a
gold medal for their ‘Black Death’ themed creation at the Harrogate
Flower Show. The team of eight Level 3 floristry students from the
College had to create a piece with a historical theme for the
college category of the flower show.
The students, April Bell, Jessica Banner, Laura Baggley, Colleen
Adams, Dawn Roberts, Daisy Wolstenholme and Stephanie Tue brought
their construction back to the college, where it has been on
display in the floristry department’s window.
Kerry Marr, the Assistant Director for the department that
includes floristry, said, "I am absolutely delighted for the
floristry students success and also for the department as it raises
the profile and gets more young people interested in the industry.
It’s a great opportunity to compete at this level and shows
potential employers the standard of work our students produce."