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We’re now British Academy of Floral Art!

  We are currently celebrating 10 years since Tina Parkes and Julie Collins founded the Academy in 2008. Much has changed in the past decade: we have a fantastic, growing team of tutors; we have inspired hundreds of florists, and scooped awards and medals along the...

Paul Richards

Paul Richards

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,...

Exeter Floral Trail

Exeter Floral Trail

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...

British Royal Wedding Bouquets

British Royal Wedding Bouquets

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...

GOLD for Charlotte Dawe

GOLD for Charlotte Dawe

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...

Student Feature – Sue Scott

Student Feature – Sue Scott

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...

“Enchanted Castle”

“Enchanted Castle”

 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...

Workshop with French Master Florist Didier Gilles

Workshop with French Master Florist Didier Gilles

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...

Chelsea 2017, Tina Parkes story to Gold

Chelsea 2017, Tina Parkes story to Gold

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...

RHS Malvern Show 2017 part 2

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...

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

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...

Success at Poltimore House

Success at Poltimore House

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...

Poltimore House Flower Festival

Poltimore House Flower Festival

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...

‘The Big Event’ – the Academy Floral Spa

‘The Big Event’ – the Academy Floral Spa

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...

On Stage

On Stage

Academy invited to be on stage in America 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...

Catwalk Bridal Show

Catwalk Bridal Show

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

To train or not to train?

To train or not to train?

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...

Wedding Bouquet Showcase

Wedding Bouquet Showcase

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...

Happy Sparkling Christmas

Happy Sparkling Christmas

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...

Autumn Term newsletter

Autumn Term newsletter

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...

How Sustainable is Floristry?

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...

Summer Term 2016 Newsletter

Summer Term 2016 Newsletter

Summer Term 2016 Lots of news to share with you.... Firstly a massive welcome to all new students to the Academy of Floral Art this term, with the first newsletter of the year, a little later than usual, but what a year we have in store for you.  You will see below...

Academy British Masters course is launched

Academy British Masters course is launched

The Academy of Floral Art have announced a new floristry course to add to the school's portfolio, called the Academy British Masters Course.   The course was launched last week at the international trade fair for plants at IPM ESSEN, Germany, which is the world’s...

Academy students invited decorate No 10 Downing Street

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....

Academy on YouTube

Academy on YouTube

The Academy on film We, like many other business are finding that embracing film is a valuable asset, and when you come to think of it, a florists raison d'être is to create an atmospheric visual feast and the perfect medium to capture the ambiance of good floral...

California Dreaming…

California Dreaming…

The Academy of Floral Art is California dreaming because we are delighted to have been selected as one of the presenting designers at the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Symposium 2016 in Anaheim, Orange County, California. AIFD is the floristry body of...

Art and Flower Trends

Amongst the different floral genres in Britain today, there is a trend that one could say takes its inspiration from the still life paintings by the 17c and 18c Dutch Masters, enhanced with British home grown flowers. A source of inspiration that is essentially...

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