SEASONED gardeners were put out to seed when a green-fingered Harlow teenager entered a national competition.
Penny Walker, 15, was the youngest person selected to display her creative design at the RHS Flower Show Birmingham at BBC Gardeners World Live 2014.
Not only did she impress her way to the big gardening event, but she came away with a bronze medal.
Penny, a Year 10 student at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, put together a design which incorporated Birmingham’s many motorways and canals to look like a map made from flowers.
The keen gardener, of Takely, said: “My mum and grandma are really into gardening so I get my interest from them and always watch the Chelsea Flower Show on TV. My favourite subjects at school are art and technology so this enabled me to bring all of those aspects together.
“I was really hoping they would pick me to display at the show, but I thought maybe I might be too young. There were only 20 of us picked from 100 applicants and I was the only child selected.”
Penny had to spend several months growing her own plants for the show and had four days to put the display in place before judging.
She said: “I think the older people were a little surprised I was in the same category as them, but they were impressed someone as young as me could produce what I did.”
Penny’s mum, Elizabeth Walker, said: “Penny received lots of positive feedback from the judges and encouragement and advice from all sorts of people to help her to do even better next time and pursue her chosen career.”
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