GARDEN-loving students turned their green displays to gold to record a double triumph at Southport Flower Show.
Apprentice landscapers from Myerscough College planted a hit with their award-winning garden at the prestigious annual event, receiving praise from Coronation Street stars David Neilson and Patti Clare, as well as BBC Gardeners World expert and Myerscough College alumni Christine Walkden.
The Bilsborrow team, led by staff members Nick Atkinson and James Fayre, was presented with the Large Gold Medal and the highly- coveted People Choice Award for its 2012 show garden, which had taken six months in planning and a fortnight to build.
The contemporary garden with luxury water feature was designed by 21-year-old garden design student Louis Nugus.
Their success bettered the achievements of last year, for which the college received a silver gilt medal.’
Nick Atkinson, Myerscough’s show garden team leader, said: “We’ve been planning the design and construction of the garden since January, so winning two awards, including the Large Gold, means the hard work and dedication of the team has paid off.
“We had a small budget compared to most gardens, so winning the People’s Choice Award makes it even more special.
“My team of students and apprentices have done themselves and the college proud. Now we’ve won the top awards in the small garden category I’m hoping next year we can enter the large garden category and really set the students a challenge!”
Thousands of visitors turned out for the popular flower show and helped vote the modern display to be the best on show, meaning Myerscough were awarded the People’s Choice Award for the first time.
Myerscough principal Ann Turner was overjoyed at the achievement of the team. She said: “Being awarded Large Gold is such a magnificent achievement and winning the People’s Choice Award is about as good as it gets.
“I attended the show and heard so many positive comments from the public. Thanks of the college go to Nick, James and the rest of the team for their tremendous hard work – and Louis for designing such a magnificent garden.”