Vocational Course Installations: A Courtroom Garden

Welcome to the first instalment of a three-part miniseries, revealing some of the most dynamic installations created by our clever and dedicated students during the final stage of their McQueens Vocational Course. Led by our expert tutors, the four-week programme builds a solid foundation in the basics of floristry, evolving into a comprehensive understanding of the industry. Students who undertake the first three weeks of the course are then equipped to enter the final phase which includes executing some awe-inspiring projects using the skills and know-how they’ve learnt along the way.

Council Chamber Garden Installation at the Town Hall Hotel
Flower and foliage selection for Chamber Room Garden

As part of the most recent Vocational Course curriculum, the McQueens Flower School team introduced some new and daring final challenges into the mix. Students were taken out on location to the refined Edwardian surroundings of the local  Town Hall Hotel,  where the team installation took place in the elegant setting of the establishment’s regal Council Chamber.

Council Chamber Garden Installation at the Town Hall Hotel
The McQueens students in action, constructing the installation

Sophie Powell, principal of McQueens Flower School, explained the invaluable experience of working on site:  “By working in a busy hotel, students get a rare insight into working in a new environment – it takes them away from the comforts of a studio and helps them learn to adapt quickly!”. Above all teamwork is a key skill tasks such as this instil, from working quickly to sharing the same creative vision.

Council Chamber Garden Installation at the Town Hall Hotel
Proudly posing with their fabulous end result

Set within a  formal environment, the 16-strong group of students set to work creating an otherworldly flower meadow. Although the placement seemed somewhat surreal, all the flowers and foliage were selected to complement the Council Chamber setting. Tonal grasses were interwoven amongst earthy-hued stems such as crocosmia, kniphofia and achillea, resulting in a wild and organic masterpiece.

Council Chamber Garden Installation at the Town Hall Hotel
The stunning, finished installation

Peruse our Pinterest board for the full gallery of this installation.

Finally, you can find out more about our fantastic McQueens Flower School classes and courses here.