Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 09:00

Eden’s horticulture apprentices landed a silver medal at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show and surprised visitors and judges with an exhibit without a single flower.

The apprentices mixed a sense of old and new to their landscape design, entitled ‘A Flowerless Garden’, on show this weekend at Boconnoc House and Gardens.

They included such flowerless plants as ferns, tree ferns, equisetum (commonly known as puzzle grass) cycas, Wollemi, moss, liverworts and lichen. The main features are a moss wall and a water feature. 

A mixture of fresh-eyed first year and experienced second-year horticulture apprentices worked on the garden at Eden’s Watering Lane Nursery in preparation for the show.

The project was overseen by Cath McConnell, Jess Ball and Gill Cartwright who are part of the temporary displays team at Eden.

Gill said: “We are delighted with the outcome. I’m so proud of the apprentices and the garden that they have created. They have put so much work into this project and to get this kind of recognition from the judges is amazing for them and for Eden.”

Jolene Aitchison, Horticulture Apprentice and Project Leader, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the result. We’ve all worked so hard to put our show garden together and we couldn’t have done it without Cath, Jess and Gillian giving us a helping hand. Everyone at Eden has been so supportive and helpful. What a great way to finish off a challenging but great planting project.”

Last year the apprentices also won a silver medal for their urban-themed show garden. That garden, entitled 'New Beginnings', was based upon the question: “What does it feel like to be an apprentice in horticulture?”

The Cornwall Spring Flower Show is being held today and tomorrow, April 2-3. A showcase for the best in Cornish horticulture, the event, organised by Cornwall Garden Society, is one of the earliest in the gardening calendar.

The Eden apprentices’ garden will be available to see over the course of the weekend in the show garden tent.