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Phoenix students see their skills grow while impressing judges at Hampton Court

A group of talented teenagers won sought after awards at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show for their impressive market garden design.

The four sixth formers all study horticulture as part of their level three BTEC vocational course at Phoenix High School and were encouraged to enter by their teachers and Cathy Maund, director of Hammersmith Community Gardens Association.

Marx Manoza, Joseph Harris, Shannon Gear and Justine Gavales, won a gold and two silver gilt medals despite competing with adults, being the only teenagers at the event.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” said Vanessa Hodder, horticulture teacher at the White City school.

“With virtually no horticulture background, they really stepped up to a challenge that most trained horticulturists would have found hard.”

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Image caption: Image 2: The variety on show at the Phoenix student's garden

The students did the majority of the work themselves, from the planning and submission to the Royal Horticultural Society, to growing the plants and building the garden, ensuring it was ready for the event which ran from Monday 4 July to Sunday 10 July.

The show garden was sponsored by Hammersmith Community Gardens, the Salt Yard Group, Mitie, Taylor Woodrow, Quardon Idverde and Sherrards Solicitors.

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Image caption: Image 3: The students designed the garden themselves