A SOUTH Harting company is the first winner of a prestigious new award presented this year at the Hampton Court Flower Show.
Alitex, which makes top-quality aluminium Victorian-style greenhouses and conservatories, is based at Torberry Farm.
The company has already picked up several awards at Hampton Court, the world’s biggest flower show, and hosted Royal visits at its show stand, including Prince Charles.
Now it has won the new award for the best in show trade stand after 22-year-old garden design student Alice Wrightson created a blooming amazing display.
Alitex ran a competition with Sparsholt inviting aspiring garden designers to design a garden for their Hampton Court stand and Alice, who is two years in to her BSC in garden design at Sparsholt College, came up with the winning creation.
Speaking about the win, Nelly Hall, marketing director at Alitex, said: “We put attention to detail in everything we do, from the design of our greenhouses to our show stands, and really want to share our passion for horticulture.
“We truly believe in nurturing the next generation of talent and aim to provide ‘real life’ opportunities and experiences to help young people develop their careers.
“This award is not only a great acknowledgement for us but also a wonderful achievement for Alice. We were very impressed with her interpretation, creativity, and presentation skills.”
Alice, who is in her second year at Sparsholt College, said: “I’m overjoyed my design has been recognised on such a global platform.
“This has been a fantastic opportunity and I am grateful to Sparsholt for getting involved with Alitex and the Hampton Court design competition.”
Alice’s design centres around Alitex’s Mottisfont greenhouse.
Her planting demonstrates the wide range of possibilities for greenhouse owners, and blends ornamental vegetables with roses.