Two TAFE floristry students
had the experience of a life time when they spent 10 days rubbing
shoulders with some of the world' best florists at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Stevie Mitchell and Donna O'Connor are studying a Certificate
III in Floristry at TAFE and are now ready to put a new spin on
The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the largest flower shows in the
world, and the most prestigious. It has been held in the grounds of
the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from
gaps during the two World Wars.
Stevie and Donna helped designer Joseph Massie install 7000 roses on
an arched roof of a tunnel within the grounds of the Royal Hospital
Chelsea before the show opened. "It took us three days to do
that, we were up on scaffolding putting every rose in its place,"
Stevie told theMaitland Mercury. "There are a lot of different
designs and techniques being used over there that we've been able to
bring back here."
It's the first time TAFE has offered a group of students the
opportunity to experience floristry on the world stage. Stevie said
she's always wanted to be a florist but never imagined she would be
part of the Chelsea Flower Show. "It's the pinnacle event over
there, the Queen attends it and most people know about it even if they
aren't into flowers," she said.
Donna was drawn to floristry three years ago after working as a
scientist with BHP for 20 years. "I've always had a creative side
so when the opportunity came up I thought I'd give it a go," she
told the Maitland Mercury.