Budding Florists Display Artfully Arranged Blooms

Box Hill Institute’s finest floristry students and teachers are showing off their talent at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

A large formal display of 3D floral trees, which was designed by teachers Marina Bassett and Sarah Scalzo has won a silver award for floral design, and intermediate floristry students, Teigan Winzar, Katherine Cooper, and Kaitlyn Carey, and advanced student Holly Godfrey have each designed a floral entry for the show’s student competition.

Box Hill Institute has participated in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for many years. In 2015, our floristry students won the Silver Design award, which was created by Box Hill Institute floristry teacher, Carolyn Ralph, and was built by staff and students. It took two days for the Certificate II and III floristry students to put the award-winning display together.

In the same year in the Intermediate Student Competition, students had 9IMG_78890 minutes to create a floral design based on the theme of a Table Setting for Two. Box Hill Institute student Krystall Wall placed second, and fellow student Stephanie Valverdie was awarded a Certificate of Merit for her eye-catching design.

Floristry competitors are judged on the elements of floral design including line, form, space, texture, and colour, and the principles of floral design: balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony, and unity.

Box Hill Institute offers a range of floristry courses from certificate II to apprentice-level qualifications. Students learn about floristry, stock preparation, display, and the principles of design. The courses and training are shaped by close collaboration with industry and students gain practical, real-world experience through Flowers on Elgar — a professional florist operated by our students, and open to the public.