With over 1000 exhibitions, the event sees over 100,000 visitors attend across the year; the Harrogate Flower Show is regarded as one of the most prestigious events in the industry The first event being held in Spring - the first major event in the gardening calendar to welcome in the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in floristry.

In the group event, tasked with the theme ‘In praise of the High Street’, floristry students were given the theme ‘Green Grocer’ and worked together to create a display that encapsulated the fresh and vivid colours of fruit, flowers and foliage. Floristry Tutor, Tina Reddel, said: “This year’s theme has been a favourite of mine, the floristry students worked well together to create a contemporary concept and display.  We decided upon vintage boxes to tie into the green grocer theme and strong colours representing grocer goods.”

The theme from the Harrogate Flower Show for the individual category was ‘Blockbuster’ where students developed designs that could be presented to a leading lady at a film premiere. 

Winning second place in the individual category award, Level 2 Floristry student, Emma Lovett, said: “The competition has really boosted my confidence. I loved every aspect of the show - from creating my design to seeing the displays of hundreds of floristry - winning the award was a complete shock to me! Initially I was nervous about entering the show, but on the day I just enjoyed the experience and any nerves just melted away. My tutor, Tina, has been incredibly supportive and I’ve really developed my skills at TyneMet whilst also working part-time in a local Florist. It’s really important to me to keep ahead of trends and styles. As a recognised award, it gives my portfolio a huge boost and one I’m very proud of.”

Emma’s inspiration for her floral arrangement was the classic film, My Fair Lady which features Audrey Hepburn. The film script centres around a flower seller who transforms into a lady. Emma added: “I adore old glamour and love old films. Audrey Hepburn was a style icon and in my final piece I took inspiration from the flowers used in the film set.”

Students from the floristry and catering departments will also be competing in the North East’s NECTA awards, which recognise talent and skills in the hospitality sector. For more information visit:  www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/event/necta-salon-culinaire-6-7-may-2015/

If you have a passion for all things floral and you’re interested in a career in floristry, full-time courses begin in September. There’s also a wide range of part-time workshops and short courses you can enrol on throughout the year – for more information visit: www.tynemet.ac.uk/floristry