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An interview with Didier Gilles

By |March 27th, 2018|

Didier, you are now a French Master florist competing and demonstrating internationally, but how did you start your journey in floristry?

By chance! I wanted to be a reporter and photographer since I was 10. I’ve learnt photography and educated my ‘eye’ to the different arts, studying first black and white pictures, then the impact of […]

10 Top Tips for Reviewing Mothering Sunday & Getting Ahead

By |March 24th, 2018|

Mothering Sunday Strategies
With the biggest, one-day floral event over for another year – and while it’s still fresh in your mind – we thought it might be helpful to identify 10 Top Tips to help you in your planning for a super-smooth, ultra-profitable Mothering Sunday 2019.
#1 Strategise
Take the time now to prepare a spreadsheet or […]

Student feature – Dominique McManus

By |March 3rd, 2018|

It is our pleasure this month to shine the spotlight on, and introduce to you, Dominique McManus – an Academy of Floral Art alumnus, who trained with Tina Parkes for her level 4 qualification.

Have you always been a florist?
No, I have been a florist for almost 10 years now having given up my career in […]

GOLD for Charlotte Dawe

By |February 4th, 2018|

It’s been a Golden Year for Academy Student, Charlotte Dawe
Charlotte Dawe is clearly a woman who responds well to pressure. For the past year, this talented and creative florist has been expertly juggling the demands of a full-time role as a professional florist and studying the advanced Academy Masters course.

Led by Academy tutor and Dutch, […]

Student Feature – Sue Scott

By |January 24th, 2018|

Student Feature:
It is our pleasure to shine the spotlight on students from time to time to see where they are on their floral journey and how they got there, so we are thrilled to introduce to you, Sue Scott – who recently qualified with the Level 3 exam at the Academy of Floral Art.

What was […]

“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 […]

Workshop with French Master Florist Didier Gilles

By |July 6th, 2017|

Our workshop with fantastic French Master Florist Didier Gilles May 2017

by Tina Parkes MDPF, AIFD, Dutch Master

My first impression of Didier Gilles was a cheeky Frenchman who winked a lot and was very kind to me at my first International Tutors workshop in Montpellier, France in 2009. Surrounded by mostly French floristry tutors, the language […]

Chelsea 2017, Tina Parkes story to Gold

By |July 6th, 2017|

My journey to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017,
by Tina Parkes MDPF, AIFD, Dutch Master

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly” Lauren Bacall

This quote became an integral part of my floral kite at the Chelsea flower show and this is my story of how this kite came to be.

The Brief

The RHS Chelsea Flower […]

RHS Malvern Show 2017 part 2

By |May 17th, 2017|

The 2017 Flower Show season began in style for us at the Academy of Floral Art with the RHS Malvern

Spring Festival. Fourteen of our Academy students and tutors travelled from Devon, Cornwall, Wales, Somerset, London and Wiltshire to be on site over two days to help the renowned florist and presenter, Jonathan Moseley, create his […]

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 […]