Covent garden flower market

RHS Chelsea

Photo credit @shaneconnollyandco

Photo credit @shaneconnollyandco

It all began with a blog from Rona Wheeldon congratulating Shane Connolly on his invitation to produce a floral arch at the Chelsea Flower Show to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  In this blog, Shane commented on how students of floristry would be assisting with this project. On reading this, we emailed @Shane Connolly & Co to offer our services, we were already competing in the College of the Year competition and to represent Reaseheath Floristry on a second occasion at the prestigious event would be fantastic. We received an email accepting our offer of help and so the journey began.

On Friday 20th May, 2 lecturers, Fiona Davies, Helen Cooke and 4 students, Clare Street, Lee Law, Sophie Garratt and Abi Rowley travelled to Covent Garden flower market and helped condition the beautiful British flowers and foliage that were arriving throughout the day.

On Saturday 21st May, Fiona and Helen worked through the night with a team of volunteer florists and the incredible professional and caring team from Shane Connolly installing the floral arch. Watching this structure grow from a scaffold frame to a stunning arch way bedecked with fabulous British foliage, plants and flowers was incredible, a floral journey we will never forget.

The arch way was a gift to the Queen, all time and materials used were offered on a voluntary basis, a true gift of beauty and opportunity.


Robyn Longden - RHS Tatton

Second win for Reaseheath florists at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Reaseheath floristry students were celebrating after winning the RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year Competition for the second year running.

The prestigious competition, which was launched in 2014, is open to UK based floristry colleges and training providers and showcases the talent of students.

Reaseheath’s victorious team were Level 3 Diploma in Floristry students Carol Edgington, 45, from Kidsgrove, Robyn Longden, 19, from Stockport and Rachel Collinson-Fletcher, 26, from Shawbury, Shropshire. They were supported by Head of Floristry Sue Poole.

The students, who were commended by Chairman of Judges Ian Lloyd for their contemporary design skills and for the impeccable condition of their flowers, foliage and materials, have now qualified for the national finals at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Reaseheath’s student team took the ‘runner-up’ title at Chelsea this year.

The challenge at Tatton was to create four designs which represented ‘Musical Through Time’.  Reaseheath’s florists chose ‘My Fair Lady’ as their theme and created a hat, a wired bouquet, a buffet table arrangement and an arrangement for the entrance of the theatre.

As well as winning the college competition they also won a silver gilt medal for their stand.

Ian Lloyd, who is a senior RHS floristry judge, said: “The stand was immaculate and the finish and presentation were excellent. The whole exhibit was a real credit to Reaseheath’s students and all the judges were extremely impressed.”

Visit our winning student design in the Floral Design Studio at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, open until Sunday July 27.

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Robyn Longden - RHS Tatton

carol edginton - RHS Tatton

My Fair Lady - RHS Tatton