Success blooms for horticulture students – Bendigo Kangan Institute

Horticulture students at Bendigo TAFE have developed stunning ways for transforming any space with greenery, with three hanging gardens selected as finalists for the 2020 Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition.

Part of the 2020 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and led by the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria, the competition received over 550 entries from across the state. Entries were submitted through digital photographs following the cancellation of the show due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Finalists include Bendigo TAFE students Ken Price, Rhys O’Sullivan and Mark Borradaile who are completing the Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30710) at Castlemaine campus, with winners to be selected through online voting by the public by 17 May.

“We are very proud of our horticulture students from both our Castlemaine and Bendigo campuses who submitted entries for this competition,” said Bendigo TAFE CEO Sally Curtain.

“The success of finalists Ken, Rhys and Mark reflect their skills and creativity, as well as the commitment of their teachers, like Karen Rogers, who supported them throughout this project.

Ms. Curtain highlighted the vital role played by TAFEs in developing work-ready graduates to meet industry needs.

“As a TAFE, we place a strong emphasis on exposing our students to unique practical experiences like these to hone and showcase their skills in preparation for future careers in industry,” said Bendigo TAFE CEO Sally Curtain.

“The Victorian Government recently highlighted the vital role of TAFEs in helping the state rebuild from the current pandemic, so it is important that Bendigo TAFE continues to develop skills and demonstrate to industry the quality students who are ready to join the workforce when required.”

The public were invited to vote for the most popular baskets and decisions are now pending. ​

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