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About Amanda

Amanda is a Tutor for the British Academy of Floral Art and trained with Tina Parkes for her Level 4 and level 5 City & Guilds qualifications. She is now studying for her AIFD and will travel to America next year with the Academy to take the exam.

“Enchanted Castle”

By |September 25th, 2017|

 Academy of Floral Art team dress the Chapel at the Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers
It is always a thrill to see the Academy of Floral Art at key floral events and Leeds Castle in Kent is one of the must see floral spectaculars that are open to the public from Saturday 23rd for six days. 
 Leeds […]

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

By |May 12th, 2017|

Show Season 2017 Part One: RHS Malvern Spring Festival
The Academy of Floral Art to help create 7.5m Floral Fountain centerpiece by Jonathan Moseley at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival:

Jonathan Moseley to work with the Academy of Floral Art on exclusive show feature
14 students and tutors from the Academy of Floral Art to support […]

Success at Poltimore House

By |May 9th, 2017|

Devon’s Academy of Floral Art brought Poltimore House into bloom for the first ever Poltimore Flower Festival
The success of Poltimore house is revealed by the interest it roused through:

Being brought to life for a weekend of floral design for the first time
45 floristry students of the Academy of Floral Art past and present participated
£4500 raised for […]

Poltimore House Flower Festival

By |April 16th, 2017|

Finding opportunities for our Students, by Tina Parkes
The inspiration behind this interesting opportunity came from the events manager, Irene Davey who had seen some of the projects the Academy had been involved in and thought it would be interesting to work together on a Flower Festival at Poltimore House.
An initial meeting was arranged and on a […]

‘The Big Event’ – the Academy Floral Spa

By |March 3rd, 2017|

Bridwell Park, Devon – 6-7 June 2017

Imagine you’re invited to pitch to create the floral displays for a prestigious celebration in a large, imposing venue. It should be the dream assignment – a dramatic space and a substantial flower budget – but in reality you are so intimated and overwhelmed by the property’s scale, imposing […]

To train or not to train?

By |February 29th, 2016|

You love flowers, you collect flower books and magazines, you buy flowers regularly and you bring them into your home.  You hunt for containers in all sorts of places and you may even have done a few informal courses, and deep down you know flowers speak to you, and in your heart you know that […]

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Wedding Bouquet Showcase

By |February 25th, 2016|

RHS Malvern Flower Show
On Thursday 5th May, the Academy of Floral Art presented a floral showcase of wedding bouquets at the RHS Malvern Flower Show.  A beautiful sunny day we arrived by coach with our floral creations and made our way to a designated cabin to get our lovely models in the wedding dresses we […]

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Happy Sparkling Christmas

By |February 22nd, 2016|

As we approach Christmas day and the New Year celebrations we reflect upon the extraordinary year that the Academy has had and the many successes individuals have achieved and we take this opportunity to thank you for joining us on our floral journey this year.

We love spending time together and to celebrate the year we […]

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Autumn Term newsletter

By |February 22nd, 2016|

New floral journeys…

Welcome to the new academic year and we kick off this Autumn term newsletter with a warm hello to all our new students.  Each term we send out a newsletter listing the events in the floral calendar both at the Academy and sometimes even world wide with information on how you can take part.

BFA FleurEx
The annual Floral Fair for today’s […]

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How Sustainable is Floristry?

By |February 13th, 2016|

We hear the word ‘sustainability’ all the time, but how many of us really get to grips with what this actually means in the flora culture industry and vitally what should Florists be doing to help our planet?

In brief, ‘sustainability’ is about living within the means of our natural systems (environment) and ensuring that our […]