Floristry students ‘deck the halls’ for Christmas Extravaganza

The floristry department  were delighted to be asked once again to use their floral skills to help decorate Arley Hall for their annual Christmas Floral Extravaganza.

The Floral Extravaganza, held 5th-10th December, saw Arley Hall decorated with thousands of fresh flowers by local florists, Reaseheath florists and other floristry college students.

It is the job of the team of the florists to create stunning displays to suit the grandeur of the halls interior to complete the Extravaganza. The various experts are charged with looking after one room or areas of the building and transforming it with blooms, garlands and striking decorative pieces.

Our students were tasked with decorating the gallery room. An initial site visit took place in November to allow the students to generate ideas for their displays. At this time the gallery was being used to film the ‘Peaky Blinders’ TV series, so nothing in the room was how it was going to be for the exhibition, including the colour of the walls, making the design process a little more difficult. However, with the aid of photographs and a little imagination the students rose to the challenge of working out where to place designs to achieve greatest impact.

After several weeks of planning, designing and prepping back at college, both Level  2 and Level  3 floristry groups went to Arley Hall to set up the exhibit over 2 days.

There has been some fantastic feedback  from Arley Hall and the general public. Helen Begent, Marketing Officer from Arley said: “The public reception to your room has been outstanding , visitors described the exhibit as ‘stunning’.”

It was a fantastic opportunity for students to be involved in the logistics of planning, designing and executing an actual event.