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“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 […]

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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