See what our students have to say about the Academy and why they find it the perfect place the learn floristry.

Poltimore House creates an incredibly beautiful and very different backdrop for our collaborative floral designs

To read more about this film, please go to our Poltimore House blog page, found on this link.

The Academy team get together this Christmas and create designs that they hope will inspire you.

Have a look at making some designs at home by watching us on You Tube

Chic and Unique Flower Arrangements Book

ChicandUniqueOur book titled Chic and Unique, has been created by a team of master florists from the Academy of Floral Art floristry school.
We have put together this stunning recipe and picture book of over 35 designs to help you plan and create inspirational floral table decorations with that special wow factor.
To complement this book we have made a DVD which shows you how to make a selection of designs with step by step instruction (see video above) and is packed with helpful tips. The DVD is available to buy (click herefor £9.99 plus P&P.

We would like to thank Devon Life magazine for featuring us in their September 2016 issue.

Academy of Floral art in Devon Life Sept 2016

Academy invited to be on stage in America

team AIFD It is always an honor to be recognized for your achievements and July 2016 saw the Academy invited to put on a stage show for the American Institute of Floral Designers at their symposium in Anaheim, Orange County, USA. We were very grateful to our students past and present for flying out there with us and creating an amazing floral team.

Julie AIFD

Academy students invited to create a catwalk bridal show at RHS Malvern

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The Academy were delighted to be asked by Jonathan Mosley to create a bridal catwalk design at RHS Malvern spring show this 2016. The tutors design bouquets inspired by Royal weddings and the students from Exeter and Bristol helped make the bouquets and headdress. We looked at traditional techniques of wiring and moss and modern day mechanics of foam and glue.  We also had some beautiful models who set the scene wearing period bridal dresses. The catwalk display took place amongst the Gold medal winning renaissance olive garden created by Villaggio Verde. We took a coach of 30 students to help and they all had an amazing day.

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1980’s trailing wedding bouquet Princess Diana style

Academy students invited decorate No 10 Downing Street

Academy of Floral Art Students outside No 10

We were privileged in October 2015 to be chosen by the British Floristry Association  (BFA) to decorate 10 Downing Street for the state visit of the Chinese state leader who met with our Prime minster.   The level 4 students created seasonal designs using UK flowers. They went to London to deliver the table designs and arrange pedestals in number 10 Downing street.

Julie and Tina proud to selected to represent the UK tutors at IPM Essen 2016

Academy of Floral Art banner at IPM Essen Julie and Tina were honoured to be invited to be part of the International floristry teachers exhibition and stage show organised by Gregor Lersch at IPM Essen Germany in January 2016. It combined the top floristry tutors from around the world who came together to create an amazing an inspirational stage show.


Student Case Study

kateKate Bainbridge studied at the Academy, City & Guilds Level 5 in 2012 and is now a British Master. Kate owns and runs a beautiful flower shop called: Simply Flowers in Bovey Tracey here in Devon where she offers the full range of floral designs for life’s events,

Kate is no stranger to competitions which she finds exhilarating, and to date she has won a Bronze, Silver Gilt and Gold medal at RHS Chelsea and is hoping to add to this amazing collection. Here is a picture of her gorgeous gold winning chandelier in 2012.


“I opted to study for my Level 5 – British Masters at the Academy of Floral Art, and wow what a journey! I decided to take Level 5 as I had had a break from study to open Simply Flowers in Bovey Tracey, but I like to always push myself further and this seemed like the perfect choice, the support I received from Julie & Tina during the course was amazing, and I learnt so much. The course gave me the confidence to take on more competition work, and to showcase a Floral Art side to my business.

I have been lucky enough to travel to Belgium with the academy and will be travelling to the USA to assist them with their floral showcase. I have been lucky enough to receive a scholarship to attend the symposium in Anaheim something I wouldn’t have the confidence to do before.
I can’t recommend the Academy highly enough.”

Kate Bainbridge ICSF MDPF

Simply Flowers

British Master Florist

RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner 2012

caitlin shop We our proud of our level 3 student who has just opened her first shop at the age of 18.

Testimonal: “My name is Caitlin, I’m 18 years old and a former student for Julie and Tina at the academy of floral art. I completed my level 3 diploma in floristry with them and it was the best course I have done. They make learning fun and more hands on which was better for me, I had so many great opportunities with them including a trip to number 10! to do the floral arrangements for the prime minister, a tour of the flower festival at wells cathedral. And also I got through as a contender at the world skills show 2015 which I came 3rd in. There are so many accomplishments I have done at the academy, and have now got myself my own flower shop (Forget me not florist) situated in Budleigh salterton. Please feel free to visit the website on or give us a ring on 01395 442695 ”


Raising Money For Charity

2013-01-01 01.49.05In 2013 we asked ourselves what we would do if we won the lottery and we came to the same conclusion that we would want to donate money to water aid to give people easy access to water worldwide. We didn’t buy the winning ticket but we decided to do something about it anyway and so we started the WELL COOL – project.

In 2013 we asked ourselves what we would do if we won the lottery and we came to the same conclusion that we would want to donate money to water aid to give people easy access to water worldwide. We didn’t buy the winning ticket but we decided to do something about it anyway and so we started the WELL COOL – project.

We had 10 committed volunteers on board and we planned 5 floral shows from Nov – Aug in Newton Abbot, Bristol, Manchester, Norwich and Oxford. The shows were a completely new concept involving top Master Florists and Chelsea Floristry medal winners making floral designs on stage, with music and lights to create a mood of Africa.

Our aim was to raise £5000. We collected this money in the following ways:-

£10.00 per ticket (approx 100- 200 people per venue)

holding a raffle upon entrance, (£1.00 per ticket),

having collection buckets at the venue

promotion and advertising before the event giving opportunities to donate to Water Aid.

auctioning off the 9 staged designs after the show.

We raised between us a massive £6714.42 which has gone toward helping finishing off a project in Tanzania. There will be a lot of happy children and adults in the Bahi district who will no longer have to spend most there working day collecting water.

We would love to thank everyone who took part for all their time, creativity, generous gift of flowers and support you gave us over the year, it was such a powerful show both in proving how we can all work together for a great causes and a show to demonstrate the vast talent we have in the Floral world and support we have with great friends.

Students Successes

We are very proud of our students successes. Out of the British Master Florists in Britain today the Academy of Floral Art has trained 40% and we are pleased that we have 100% pass rate for all our level 4 and 5 students.

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Our very own Amanda Randell MDPF receives Gold at RHS Chelsea

Plus last year (2014) four students and one tutor won gold medals and 2 were awarded the best in show for both the junior and senior competitions  at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

We also took our students to the RHS Hampton Court Flower show and took part in the college competition where the students received Gold.

2014-07-07 14.32.06Victoria Lawrence Turner, Amanda Winsor and Karen Egan received Gold medal at RHS Hampton Court
This year (2015) we have two students (Victoria Lawrence Turner and Caitin Anning) who achieved 1st and 2nd in the regional heats for the World Skills competition and we look forward to seeing them at the final this November.

World Skills

Since the Academy was set up in 2008 by Tina Parkes and Julie Collins and now we have expanded our team to include Amanda Randell and Kathryn Delve  read more about us here
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