Student wins Silver Medal at Chelsea Flower Show

Local Floristry student, Tammi Hargreaves is celebrating today after winning a Silver medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

The result is a remarkable achievement for the twenty three year old with her first ever competition entry. Tammi won through from the regional heats earlier this year to compete in the BFA Young Florist of the Year Competition at the world famous Chelsea event.

The brief for the twenty young florists was to create a fantasy floral dress to be worn at a crystal themed ball and the finished entry had to be at least two thirds fresh botanicals. Tammi’s Alexander McQueen inspired dress included more than 800 pieces of flowers, foliage and accessories and took hours of meticulous preparation and some very careful transporting!

Tammi is studying towards a Level 3 Diploma in Floristry at Hugh Baird College in Liverpool and is delighted with her medal. She said: “I’m just overwhelmed by the whole experience. I had never even been to Chelsea Flower Show before and to find myself competing at it was just surreal. I didn’t expect to be placed at all because the competition is of such a high standard so to win a Silver Medal is amazing.

I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the support of Hugh Baird College and especially my tutor Jackie Chapman who’s been with me every step of the way. This has been a fantastic opportunity and I’ve learned so much throughout it. I’m sure there won’t be many florists my age who can say they’ve exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show so this will be great for my career as well as being an experience I’ll never forget.”

Tammi raised a lot of the money herself to get to Chelsea and was keen to say thank you to the organisations who helped, including Long Lane Church in Garston and the David Sheppard Trust. She said: “People were so generous in their support, both financial and emotional! The College’s floristry suppliers, Fiori and Country Baskets even donated hundreds of pounds worth of materials and I hope they liked how I used them.”

Director or Curriculum – Service Sector, James Kirby, added his congratulations saying: “What a fantastic achievement. We’re all very proud of Tammi. The hard work she’s put in is evident in her finished creation and in the medal she’s been awarded. She fully deserves the recognition and I hope she serves as an inspiration to show other students what they could aspire to.”

If you’re interested in a career in floristry, contact our Student Advice Team for information about our floristry courses on 0151 353 4444 or come along to our Open Day on Saturday, 7th June.

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