Published Wednesday, 14th August 2013 in Study at SRUC news
Ayr student Barry Small whose Show Garden won a Silver Gilt at Gardening Scotland returned to the Flower Show that first got him into gardening and won a Gold!
Barry makes no bones about the fact that it was a first-time trip to Ayr Flower Show (AFS) that awakened his passion and led to enrolment on an HND Garden design Course at SRUC’s Ayr, Riverside campus. He graduated this year and has just started his own business, with two the awards already under his belt.
The "Garden Designer's Grotto" concept, devised by the former architectural technician, was part of his second year work. From all the ideas presented by the class Barry’s was voted top by his fellow students, who then worked together to complete their entry for Scotland’s top gardening event, held at Ingliston. Their Silver Gilt Award was a fantastic prize for all their hard work, particularly following such a cold late spring when preparing plants for showing proved so difficult.
Barry decided against taking his award winning garden to the giant Hampton Court Flower Show, where the other Scotland’s Rural College entry, which had also won a Silver Gilt in Edinburgh, took a second Silver Gilt medal. Instead he decided to concentrate on graduating, which he did with Distinction. However, as the Ayr Flower Show was coming up Barry decided that having started his journey there he should go back.
“It seemed a fitting way to end my studies and give back to the AFS and the Rural College for setting me on this path. I volunteered to do it all again to promote SRUC, the course and the Flower Show, with the added benefit of promoting my new business locally. I received a Gold Medal and Codona Rosebowl for my efforts, which was great. But the most rewarding part was meeting all the visitors and other exhibitors who I would like to thank for all their kind comments and taking the time to stop and speak to me. Now the real Hard Work Begins!”
The HNC in Garden Design offered at SRUC Ayr introduces students to design, plant knowledge, hard landscaping and business studies. During the year students design gardens for real clients and develop hands-on horticultural knowledge. Those who qualify go on to jobs in the horticultural sector or set up their own businesses, although some chose to take more advanced HND modules while working! Scotland’s Rural College also offers the chance to progress to the Garden & Greenspace Design BSc/BSc (Hons), in Edinburgh.
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