Bronze Medal for Designing Student Gardens – FE News

Derby College Group (DCG) horticulture students have won a bronze medal for their participation in this year’s Gardeners World Live exhibition at the NEC.

The design and construction of part-time adult students was entered into the professional category this year – competing with big-budget gardens created by landscape companies.

After constructing various elements at Broomfield Hall in Morley, they spent several days erecting and planting the NEC garden which was judged before the show opened to the public.

The Department of Horticulture has again teamed up with Derby’s Lilian Prime MS Center for Gardeners World Live and created The Metamorphosis Garden.

The garden has been designed to mark change – reflecting different themes, including changes in humans, technology and nature, as well as the transition from the Derby MS Society to the Lilian Prime MS Centre, which provides support for people affected by MS and other neurological conditions.

Butterflies – the international symbol of MS – were a key theme in the garden which included a variety of plantings, built rooms, a water feature and digital information and sound panels.

Mike Baldwin, Professor of Horticulture, said: “The team did an incredible job and we are delighted with the bronze medal, especially as we were competing against professional landscape gardeners.

Peter Milner, Chairman of the Trustees of the Lilian Prime MS Center in Derby, continued: “Once again Derby College students have done us proud and provided an important showcase to raise the profile of MS, our work as charity and the unpredictability of this complex condition for so many people.

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