Reaseheath College is top of the tree at RHS Tatton
A show garden built as a tribute to the inspirational teaching of Reaseheath lecturer Harry Delaney was awarded a gold medal – one of just four handed over at the show.
‘A Plant Hunter’s Retreat’ was designed by RHS evening class students known collectively as ‘Harry’s Evening Stars’: Maile Belanger of Nantwich, Richard Bowser of Tarvin, Pauline Clarke of Ridley, Colin Greenwood of Winsford, Margaret Kewley of Hale, Peter Armstrong-Childs of St. Helens and Marc Brimble of Croxton, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire. All completed their RHS Advanced Certificate this year.
Explained Pauline Clarke: “Harry is a source of energy and inspiration to many, so much so that he has been responsible for some people completely changing their lifestyle. We have all studied with him for a number of years and we have planned this garden as our tribute to him.”
As well as being dedicated to Harry’s teaching, the garden celebrated the intrepid explorers of old who travelled far and wide in search of new and exciting species.
Harry, who has worked for Reaseheath College for 16 years and is an RHS Master of Horticulture, said: “I feel extremely proud and honoured to have had this garden built in my honour. For the students to achieve a gold medal shows just what a brilliant job they have done.”
TV gardener Chris Beardshaw, who visited the garden, said: “This was one of the outstanding gardens of the show. The build has been has been well executed and shows great attention to detail.”
Main sponsor of the garden was Beeston Reclamation of Beeston, near Tarporley, which created the hard landscaping for the project in partnership with Beeston Landscapes.
It was a fairytale ending, too, for Reaseheath’s florists, whose stunning interpretation of Alice in Wonderland won a silver medal. Lecturers Ruth Clarke, Sarah Parker and Sue Poole and students Jane Crowther, Dominique Noonan and Denise Staziker created a multi-coloured floral design of Alice’s arrival in wonderland, the mad hatter’s tea party and the battle between the good and bad queens.
Jane, Dominique and Denise have just completed their Level 3 in Floristry. Another Level 3 student, Adrian Thomas, who is a partner in Verdure Floral Design, took a silver-gilt medal with a display honouring works by artists including Banksy, LS Lowry and David Hockney.
Reaseheath students and staff also designed and built a garden to be used as a film base by BBC North West Tonight. This was the third consecutive year that Reaseheath has produced a garden for the popular regional news programme.
‘Journey of Discovery’ was a wheelchair friendly, sensory garden created by students taking their Foundation Degree in Garden and Landscape Design, University Diploma in Garden Design or their Professional Diploma in Garden Design.
Themed on the therapeutic power of plants, the modern, colourful design featured plants chosen for their perfume, touch or food value.
It demonstrated that plants can aid rehabilitation by encouraging reaching and stretching, and that their smell and touch can aid memory recall. Viewers were asked to phone in with suggestions for the planting, based on their own childhood memories.
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