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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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We welcome Katie Collins to the team

We welcome Katie Collins to the team

Katie Collins has joined the Academy team as an admin assistant. She is the daughter of Julie Collins (co-founder of the Academy) so has always grown up around flowers and you may recognise her as one of our models at Malvern show. She studied business, film and...

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Tina Young joins the Academy Team

Tina Young joins the Academy Team

We are excited to welcome Tina Young as a new tutor to the British Academy of Floral Art this spring. As a qualified and highly experienced horticulturalist and with a warm and positive personality, Tina is the perfect person to lead the development...

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Exeter in Bloom Awards 2018

Exeter in Bloom Awards 2018

  Last Wednesday the British Academy of Floral Art were proud to be invited along to the Guild Hall Exeter to receive an award presented by The Lord Mayor, Cllr Rob Hannaford for being part of a team who achieved the prestigious Silver-Gilt, RHS...

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How to make a floral table ring.

How to make a floral table ring.

We feel it is always important to update your floristry skills and be inspired by floral design, so when you have a moment, why not have a go at making this beautiful floral ring created and designed by Tina Parkes. It is a great simple design for all...

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