Every orchid purchased will help to fund the DCF’s scholarships for students studying horticulture at colleges across the UK.
Victoria Miles, a horticulture student at Bicton College and Jessica Laurent, a past horticulture student at Writtle College, were selected for the project after previously demonstrating their passion for orchids through a scholarship application to the DCF. Remembering their interest, DCF offered the duo a bursary giving them the opportunity to join DCF and the Garden Centre Fresh team in the orchid selection.
Laurent said: "Long have I been interested in orchids, so when I was asked to participate with this project, I was extremely excited to be given the opportunity. The collection will be fantastic for the time of launch and different from most Phalaenopsis orchids. I would like to thank the DCF for helping students and young horticulturalists like myself with the work they do and for giving us the opportunity."
Mile said: "I have been researching commercial orchid production, so this was an excellent opportunity to see it first hand and a valuable experience in my horticultural journey. I am very grateful for the experience; it was really nice to feel like our opinion was valued in this process."
Brian Redman of Garden Centre Fresh said: "We’re delighted that The David Colegrave Foundation Orchid Collection will go on to help students of horticulture. It’s great to be involved in a project that supports our industry and encourages consumers to get involved too".
Jeff Colegrave, DCF chairman, said: "What great news, the purchase of plants helping provide more sound advice in the future for their care."