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Paul Richards, British Flower Grower

By |June 19th, 2018|

BJ Richards Wholesale Flowers, Saltash, Cornwall

We love using British flowers at the Academy and always look forward to the summer months when locally grown flowers are at their peak. One of our favourite suppliers and Cornish growers is Paul Richards of BJ Richards, who kindly hosted a nursery tour for a group of our Academy […]

Review: Exeter Floral Trail for Chelsea Fringe

By |June 19th, 2018|

Review: Exeter Floral Trail for Chelsea Fringe
It started with the seed of an idea… Julie and Tina were chatting about ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Academy of Floral Art with the local community when they had their eureka moment: how about Exeter Floral Trail for the Chelsea Fringe Festival?
And – as with […]

Student Feature for British Flower Week – Anna Brian

By |June 12th, 2018|

Student Feature  – Anna Brian

We love to talk about our sensational students, and in celebration of British Flowers Week (19-25 June #britishflowersweek) we’re shining the spotlight on British cut flower grower and current Academy Level 3 student, Anna Brian.

Anna lives in Worcestershire and is a supreme multi-tasker! Her flower farm produces over 30 types of […]

Exeter Floral Trail

By |May 15th, 2018|

Chelsea glamour to bloom in Exeter
This year we bring a taste of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with the Exeter Floral Trail – Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 May 2018
Exeter to be part of the global Chelsea Fringe Festival for the first time
Brainchild of RHS Chelsea Gold medallists from the British Academy of Floral Art
Over […]

British Royal wedding bouquets

By |May 12th, 2018|

The importance of capturing the historical era of wedding bouquets
There is nothing like a Royal wedding to get the floristry industry all revved up! Who will be chosen to create the iconic bouquet?  What flowers, forms, colours and style will the Bride chose and Meghan Markle herself – is a breath of fresh air – […]

Student Feature – Hannah Stracy aka Strizz

By |May 11th, 2018|

Student Feature this month shines the spotlight on: Hannah Stracy aka Strizz.

At the British Academy of Floral Art we are enthralled by the amazing people who find us, and stay for a while, allowing us to help them on their floral journey, and so, it is a real pleasure to introduce talented individuals on our Student Feature, and this […]

The Mystery behind the Veil – The Academy teach in Saudi Arabia

By |April 30th, 2018|

The Mystery behind the Veil – The Academy teach in Saudi Arabia
In April 2018, Academy Principals Tina Parkes and Julie Collins travelled to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Know. to give three 3-day workshops in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah to groups of 15-25 students a time.
Floristry is one of the focus areas […]

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 […]