TAFE Illawarra’s floristry and landscape construction students are making their final preparations for the 2016 TAFE NSW Landscape and Floristry Challenge at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney this week.
TAFE Illawarra Yallah will compete against TAFE Northern Sydney Ryde, TAFE Sydney Ultimo, TAFE South Western Sydney Padstow in the TAFE NSW Floristry Challenge.
The group of 15 Certificate III in Floristry students will create a floral display to the theme of ‘Art in Bloom’ with their unique interpretation, concept and floral choices. The floral feature is based on a mandala representation, using aspects of different artists with bright and vibrant colour choices.
Floristry Teacher, Collette Rixon, is excited and a little nervous on the eve of the Challenge.
“Our floral design is inspired by artists like Andy Warhol with his solid use of colour and Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits wearing elaborate and vibrant headwear.
“We have incorporated phalaenopsis orchids, carnations, lotus pods and lillies spotted with billy buttons, succulents, layered magnolia leaves and spear grasses into our design; the whole effect should look great,” she says.
"The competition is a great environment for the students. They will learn different skills including teamwork, networking with industry, problem solving and working to tight deadlines."
Team TAFE Illawarra will spend the day on Wednesday 16 March installing their display, leading up to the judging which will take place on the first day of the Easter Show, Thursday 17 March at 2.30pm.
Defending their 2015 Construction Award title, TAFE Illawarra Yallah is set to fire up again at the 2016 TAFE NSW Landscape Challenge when they compete against TAFE South Western Sydney Padstow and TAFE Western Sydney Richmond.
The prestigious ‘People’s Choice Award’ is also up for grabs.
The Certificate III in Landscape Construction students will build a landscape to the theme ‘Modern Australian backyard’ with their unique interpretation, concept, design trends and construction choices.
Head Teacher of Horticulture, Craig Conway says their landscape design is a low maintenance garden suited for busy lifestyles to optimise entertaining or relaxing, and featuring a blend of natural products.
“We’ve selected fire retardant plants with a combination of natives and exotics in mind to emphasise a modern yet relaxed feel. Our solar panels take full advantage of the Australian sun to sustainably run the water feature and mood lighting," he says.
“The competition is a great learning environment for the students. They will learn design, teamwork, networking with industry, problem solving, project management and tight deadlines which are invaluable skills for the students."
TAFE Illawarra’s construction team will spend four days installing their display, leading up to the judging which will take place on the first day of the Easter Show, Thursday 17 March at 2.30pm.