Gifted young horticulturalists selected from across the country were invited to a special breakfast preview at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show. One of these lucky green-fingered guests was Kingston Maurward College student, Lee Morris, from Poole.
Studying towards a Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture, twenty-four year old Lee was nominated for one of the coveted breakfast places by his head of department, Joanna Jeffery, due to his outstanding garden design work.
More than a hundred budding horticulturalists headed to the breakfast event – which treated guests to speeches from celebrity gardeners Rachel de Thame and Roy Lancaster.
The Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) initiative – which was open to horticulturalists beginning their careers, horticultural students, apprentices and secondary school pupils – allowed them to see gardens and horticultural displays by world class designers and growers in a an event designed to raise the profile of careers in horticulture and to promote the breadth of career opportunities in the industry.
Lee Morris said: “Chelsea Flower Show was delightful. The speakers, plantsman Roy Lancaster and broadcaster Rachel de Thame, inspired me with their talk on how their love of plants had shaped and inspired their careers in horticulture.
“The main lesson I took away from the talk was the importance of acquiring skill and passing on knowledge. I would hope to devote time to developing those skills myself and, in time, teach them to others.”