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Green-fingered student wins gold medal for garden design at Suffolk Show

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A green-fingered student from Suffolk Rural College struck gold for her garden.
The winning design called ‘Suffolk Farmers Garden’ was created by Jessie Grinham, 31, from Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk.

An illustration of the garden


Jessie switched careers last year and went from catering to carnations when she started a level two Royal Horticultural Society course (at Suffolk Rural).
In terms of her career change Jessie said: “I had my own catering business and wanted to do something for myself – and this led me to sign up to the course.
“You don’t get many opportunities to build a show garden so the whole experience has been amazing.”

Jessie Grinham and Her Gold Medal Winning Garden At The 2024 Suffolk Show

Horticulture lecturer at Suffolk Rural College, David Smith, said: “We won gold and it was really good news and great to see the students and Jessie achieve. Winning this is a great start and she is now going on to do a garden design course.”
This is the third year in a row that Suffolk Rural has won gold for a garden design.

Posted 30 May 2024