TAFE Western Orange College student Belinda Griffiths has been enrolled in the Certificate III Commercial Floristry course for less than five months, but has already made quite the impression.
And it’s not just TAFE Western Floristry teacher Sarah Cox that has noticed Miss Griffiths’ talents, with her mystery box floristry display at the recent Flower Growers Group of NSW Scholarship Competition at the Flower Markets in Sydney catching the eyes of an expert panel of judges.
Competing against more than 25 TAFE students from across NSW, Miss Griffiths was one of four lucky winners of a $2,500 scholarship, which she will use for further tuition and skill upgrades.
“I’m only new to floristry so winning this scholarship was totally unexpected,” she said. “I was absolutely thrilled - it was very exciting.”
Miss Cox was not surprised at the first year student’s success, labelling Miss Griffiths a ‘naturally gifted florist’.
“For someone to win such a big prize after only being involved in floristry for less than five months is an amazing achievement – it’s quite inspiring,” she said.
TAFE Western had three representatives at the Flower Growers Group of NSW Scholarship Competition in Sydney – with Miss Griffiths (Orange), Emilie Mammen (Bathurst) and Kylie Butler (Mudgee) joining forces to finish second in the teams competition against a quality field of nearly 10 teams.
“It was a great team effort and for students from such a small class to perform so well against much bigger colleges was a fantastic result,” Miss Cox said.
A cake maker by trade, Miss Griffiths decided to dabble her hand in floristry because it was ‘something she’d always wanted to try’.
“Floristry was definitely on my bucket list and I’m so glad I’ve given it a try, I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “We have a wonderful teacher, the class is really enjoyable and we’re learning new and exciting skills all the time.
“For anyone who has ever considered floristry, now’s the time to get involved – you won’t be disappointed.”