Academy Day at Flower Show

 image: The five Writtle College horticulture students taking part are Ben Francis, Juliette Steyl, Michelle Fisher, Ben Pizzoferro and Kamen Walmsley.
 Five Writtle College students will be part of a team of young people manning this year’s Hillier Show Garden in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The ‘Hillier Academy Day’, which will take place on Friday 27 May, is the brainchild of staff at the 150-year-old Hillier Nurseries and aims to showcase horticultural careers and what horticulture offers young people.
From 8am to 8pm, the younger generation will be managing the Show Garden, fielding gardening queries from show visitors, maintaining the plant material and sharing information and advice with gardeners.
This year, Hillier have opted for a design by Sarah Eberle, the acclaimed garden designer and former Design Director of Hillier Landscapes. Considered part of the family, Sarah has won Gold in every garden category at Chelsea (Artisan, Fresh and Show Gardens), but has never before exhibited in the Great Pavilion. In a stunning departure from the traditional Hillier woodland exhibits of the past, Sarah has designed a Show Garden for plant-lovers. She has taken the very best trees and shrubs that Hillier has to offer – with the same exacting focus on plant quality for which Hillier is renowned – and presented them in a fresh, exciting, contemporary way.
The theme of ‘Hillier in Spring time’ is a celebration of spring-flowering trees and plants. The planting is designed to showcase different plant communities, plants that both grow successfully together and combine beautifully, to both educate and inspire visitors.

  • Writtle College students involved in the Hillier Academy Day –

left to right: Juliette Steyl, Michelle Fisher, Ben Francis, Ben Pizzoferro and Kamen Walmsley.

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