Derby College Students in Harrogate Show Gold Bid

Students at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus are entering this year's Harrogate Flower Show.

Derby, United Kingdom, April 14, 2011 --( Horticultural students at Derby College's Broomfield Hall land-based studies campus are hoping to clinch another coveted gold medal at this year's prestigious Harrogate annual flower show (April 14 to 17) with a garden inspired by Prince Charles' Highgrove estate and featuring a tribute to the forthcoming Royal wedding.

Broomfield fought off stiff competition from eight other colleges to win the top prize last year. The 2010 entry was entitled After the Evening News and designed specifically to a brief set by the organisers that it should be suitable for BBC East Midlands Today presenter Dominic Heale to enjoy after reading the evening bulletin.

This year's design is entitled Trompe d'Royal and combines sustainability with impressions of Highgrove.

It echoes Highgrove features including the Wall of Gifts, the stumpery, the fleur-de-lits gate and grassland areas and the Trompe d'oiel painting gives the illusion that the design is part of a larger garden.

Pride of place will go to three Captain Windsor pots (replicating those at Windsor Castle) to commemorate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Kate and William are represented with pots at the front of the garden while Prince Charles looks on in the background.

Sustainable features include a wind harvester, composting area and a living wall. All materials have been reclaimed from disused railways, old paths and the planting has a royal theme with gold and purple hostas, bamboos, ferns and digitalis as well as strawberries growing on the pergola roof.

Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin explained: "With the design agreed, more than 50 students will now be involved in creating the garden at Broomfield Hall which we will then carefully dismantle and transport to Harrogate ready for the show on April 14.

"When we were set the theme of Highgrove, we were keen to reference the forthcoming Royal wedding which will take place just after the show and I hope that our sustainable approach to this theme will also win us favour with the judges.

"As soon as the show finishes, we set to work dismantling the garden and bringing everything back to Broomfield where will re-plant in the grounds for students and visitors to enjoy."


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