Students from the Writhlington and Mendip Studio School Orchid Project are celebrating winning the top prizes at the 2017 International Orchid Show in Westminster.
The show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, attracts all of Europe’s leading orchid nurseries that compete for a coveted RHS Gold medal and the trophy for Grand Champion Specimen Plant. This year it was the Orchid growers from Writhlington and Mendip that came out on top.
Year 9 student, Tallis Inger-Flecker who was part of the display design team was delighted to report, “I was so excited to win a Gold Medal. This is the first one I have won but the 10th Gold for the Orchid Project. The judges said they were most impressed by the quality of the plants we had grown and the effort and detail we put into displaying the plants for the public.”
Year 10 student, Charlotte Limond, also part of the design team added “Three of our best plants won special awards from the Royal Horticultural Society and our massive plant of Coelogyne stricta, an orchid from the Himalayas, won the trophy for Grand Champion Plant.”
Science Teacher, Simon Pugh-Jones was unsurprisingly proud of his students achievements, “The show is a culmination of twelve months of hard work by all the students who volunteer in the Orchid Project. I was overwhelmed by congratulations from the public for the knowledge and enthusiasm of the fourteen students who attended the show to share their passion for plants with visitors.”
The next big challenge for the Writhlington and Mendip team will be the European Orchid Show held in Paris next March but on the evidence of this week expectations are high.