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NMIT Horticulture students win awards at 2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

25 Mar 2013

NMIT Horticulture students featured prominently in some of the most prestigious awards presented at the 2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) in April.

Now ranked in the top five garden shows in the world, MIFGS occurred over five days (30 March - 3 April) in the beautiful heritage setting of the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Buildings where it attracted more than 40,000 local and international visitors.

NMIT students succeeded in capturing major awards and placings in a number of the event's key competitions.

Marjorie Cornelius (Certificate III in Floristry) was awarded the Gold Medal over 50 entrants for her creation in the Advanced Student Floral Design Competition.

The Intermediate Student Floral Design Competition was also hotly contested with 45 entrants vying for recognition. NMIT's Tess Chapman and Kiri Bates secured the Silver and Bronze Medals respectively with Thom Yaemprayun (all Certificate III in Floristry) being awarded the Certificate of Merit.

Certificate IV in Applied Design (Landscape) student, Corey Blake, succeeded in taking out the coveted Don Fleming Award in the Student Landscape Design competition. His design was selected from a very strong field of entries from students across Australia and New Zealand.

Corey's success at MIFGS comes hot on the heels of his win in the National Student Design Competition, conducted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM).

The Avenue of Achievable Gardens is another popular feature of MIFGS. Its colour, diverse and creative infusion of plant selection and garden design has become a favorite with visitors seeking to gain inspiration for their own gardens. Aligned with this display element is a competition aimed at showcasing the imaginative approach of entrants to affordable design and this case, the creative skill of NMIT student Leanne Burns has shone through.

Leanne is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Horticulture and was awarded the Lysaght Blue Steel award for her entry in the Avenue of Achievable Gardens competition.

There have been a number of fascinating and rewarding spin offs for participating Horticulture students:

  • Angela Carstairs (Diploma of Horticulture) was an entrant in the Affordable Gardens competition. Her formal Australian native garden was seen by a visiting Chinese businessman and as a result, he has invited Angela to China to reproduce a scaled up version of her design for him.
  • Diane Coote (Certificate III in Floristry) participated in the floral design competition. Her table design was seen at MIFGS and she was asked to reproduce it for the Lady Mayoress's High Tea to celebrate the recent royal wedding.
  • Thom Yaemprayun (Certificate II in Floristry) was also an entrant in the MIFGS floral art competition. Not only is he a talented floral artist, he is a very accomplished Thai chef and as a result of his participation at MIFGS, the owner of Melbourne's Pearl restaurant has offered Thom a position as chef/florist at the new Pearl establishment, which is soon to open in Flinders Lane.

See also Talking About NMIT Blog: Horticulture and Floristry students win awards

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