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Academy News October 2021

Academy News October 2021

FESTIVE TUTORIALS     Julie and Tina have been busy filming some short tutorials at the Academy so that you can all get creative this Autumn! We've already released Tina's floral pumpkin design on our Facebook page which you can watch by clicking here. Keep...

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Chelsea Flower Show 2021

We are extremely excited to announce that one of our amazing tutors, Amanda Randell-Cox, has just received Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for her stunning exhibit inspired by ‘British Blooms’. Amanda absolutely excelled at Chelsea this year and picked up the 'Best in...

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Academy News August 2021

Academy News August 2021

RHS ROSEMOOR It was lovely to meet so many fellow flower lovers at this year’s RHS Rosemoor and we had an absolutely amazing time giving away free floral crowns and making big displays for the event. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our master students who...

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Academy News July 2021

WRAPPING UP FOR SUMMER We’d like to start by saying a huge congratulations to all our students who have recently passed their exams! We’ve seen some outstanding work come out of this term, especially by our 2 Fast Track ladies who both achieved high distinctions (the...

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Academy News June 2021

Academy News June 2021

OPEN DAY 4TH JULY  We’re very excited to announce that on Sunday 4th July we will be hosting the grand opening of our new Academy studios at Dunchideock Barton! Due to Covid restrictions we haven't been able to celebrate until now but we’re so glad we are able to get...

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Academy News May 2021

Academy News May 2021

GARDEN DAY We hope you all had an amazing Garden Day this year, it was so lovely to see all of your photos! Last weekend we treated the winners of our boutonniere competition to a free workshop with lunch and flowers provided, they learnt how to make gorgeous floral...

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Academy Update April 2021

We’d like to start by wishing you all a very happy Easter Weekend and we’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported Hopiscare last month by purchasing an Easter Wreath! Together we have raised an amazing £1341.74 to help care for terminally ill...

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Easter Wreath for Hospiscare

We love to do our part for charity here at the Academy and this month we’ve been working alongside Hospiscare in Exeter to raise money for their wonderful cause! Unfortunately, due to Covid, Hospiscare has seen a massive decline in donations over the past year so...

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Academy Reopening Plans

We are very pleased to announce that our doors will open again on the 17th April 2021.Our website has been completely updated with all the new start dates and you can also check out our calender which will give you a month-by-month plan on which courses start when. We...

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Academy Update February 2021

Next Weeks Re-opening Plan With the government’s lockdown exit strategy being announced next week we have started to think about our reopening plan. Once we have more information on the relaxing of restrictions we will be getting in contact with all of our students...

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Floral Sparkle – Corsage

Elements - Space, Colour, Form, Texture and Line As with all art forms, in Floristry we use the elements and principles of design to help develop our thought processes and over this month we will be looking at all of these, starting with space. This week’s Floral...

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Academy Update January 2021

1st Jan 2021With the new Government restrictions we have been working hard to come up with a plan that ensures your safety. We are currently in tier three and as per Government guidelines we will be going ahead with all our courses, but at the present time we can only...

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Judi Spiers visits the Academy

This year we welcomed the amazing Judi Spires at the academy for a private workshop. During her visit she created a stunning table centrepiece inspired by Tina’s design in our fundraiser video! Judi also wrote about her visit and featured us in her latest article in...

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Academy Fundraiser 2020

We feel that with everything that is going on at the moment we’d love to inspire some joy this Christmas, and what better way than to raise money for charity! We are very fortunate to be based in the beautiful countryside of Devon, so this year we’ve decided to give...

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Blossoming into Floristry

Blossoming into Floristry

Now is the perfect time to start a new floral career and with our flexible Floristry courses you can fit them around your life style.   Working with flowers gives you such a pleasure as it to connects with so many senses; with the beautiful aroma they create, the...

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Enjoy a Floral VE Day with the team

Enjoy a Floral VE Day with the team

Friday 8th May 2020 This week was going to be street parties and parades to celebrate 75 yrs since Victory in Europe, which marked the end of the second world war,  whilst we are at home the VE day celebrations are still going ahead with us all being invited to go to...

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April 2020

April 2020

Although the Academy studio is closed due to COVID 19, the team are all still actively there in the background and busy sending out lots  of inspiring things on our social media platforms to keep your spirits lifted and sharing our love of flowers, so keep...

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Proud to be Green

Proud to be Green

The environment is now at the very top of our agenda here at the British Academy of Floral Art, as it is increasingly for many businesses around the world. As florists, the environment is of particular importance: not only does nature inspire our designs,...

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Welcome Karen to the Academy team

Welcome Karen to the Academy team

Tina and Julie worked with Karen many years ago at Bicton College and they are delighted that she has joined the Academy team this September. We recently had a blast from the past when photographer John Eustace sent us some photos he took of us back in...

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Student Feature- Joanne Harris

Student Feature- Joanne Harris

My Devon Adventure Joanne Harris - 19 May 2019 My formal floral journey started very early one Saturday morning, a couple of days into the New Year 2018, with a drive down the M5 to Dunchideock, Devon, to attend a hand tied bouquet workshop...

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How to make a Festival Floral Crown

How to make a Festival Floral Crown

This year we were given the task by Candide to design a floral crown that could be easily constructed by 200 people attending the Toby's Garden Festival at Powderham castle to celebrate Garden Day. After a successful two days and looking at bit jaded Julie...

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British Flowers Week 2019

British Flowers Week 2019

Three years ago, Tina Parkes bought a new home and created a floral cutting garden from scratch and with her experience in Floristry and love the botanical; it was an exciting prospect. Three years later she now has a beautiful Garden and every day pops...

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Academy and the Environment

Academy and the Environment

With the ever-increasing awareness of the environment it is essential as Florists that we keep ahead of the times and start thinking about the future. We have designed a new course starting 20th May 2019 (that can be bolted on as part of our level 4 and 5...

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