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NMIT students get green thumbs up at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

03 Apr 2014

Students from NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) were among some of the best at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS).

Students from NMIT’s Fairfield campus earned their place among the prize winners in a number of events across the Show’s gardening and floral categories.

In the Floral Design Competition NMIT’s Certificate II in Floristry students achieved a Bronze medal for their design titled ‘Line and Floating Form’, comprising an arrangement of round nests created with brush and flax suspended above Australian native Gymea leaves.

NMIT Floral Design teacher, Jan Williams, said “The design was inspired by the beautiful natural forms found in nature.”

In the individual Student Floral Competition, NMIT Certificate III in Floristry students shone with their designs. Bianca Besanko and Margaret McLennan placed second and third respectively out of 40 competitors in the Advanced category, while Courtney Hirschausen placed third out of 70 students in the Intermediate category.

NMIT Certificate III in Parks and Gardens students were also in the final three of the Achievable Gardens section with Scott Tappenden and Melissa Greenslade placing second for their ‘Edible Space’ design while Emma Tenni and Thomas Pinney placed third with their creation entitled ‘A Gardener’s Garden’.

Scott and Melissa’s ‘Edible Space’ display comprised a self-contained kitchen garden, redolent with the aroma of basil, oregano and thyme, and bursting with edible goodies such as salad greens and vegetables, planted around a relaxing central space with a fire pit.

Emma and Thomas made good use of Coldstream rock in their ‘A Gardener’s Garden’ creation, contrasting the brown and rust hues with the rich tones of Red Gum and a central water feature. This was offset by striking colour palette of native violets, Lobelia, and violas over a Matilda buffalo lawn and splashes of fiery red and cool blue salvias, against the green and red foliage of ornamental pear trees.

 

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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