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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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Student Feature: Zoë Davies

Student Feature: Zoë Davies

STUDENT FEATURE: Zoë Davies How did you get into the world of flowers and floristry?   My background is as a Creative Arts Therapist, Arts for Health and Wellbeing and Arts in Education Practitioner. My degree is in Drama and Theatre and I have a...

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Kingskerswell Flower Festival

Kingskerswell Flower Festival

  Every Thursday morning I teach an advanced recreational class in Newton Abbot, and we have been coming together now for ten years. Jenny Benny who has been with me from the start asked whether the Academy would help her decorate KIngskerswell Church...

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BFA Floristry Industry Awards

BFA Floristry Industry Awards

We need your help! As many of you know, this September the Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary! We are planning some fun things for all of us to get involved in over the coming year, but first, to get the celebrations started, we are thrilled to tell...

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STUDENT FEATURE: Patricia Bond

STUDENT FEATURE: Patricia Bond

STUDENT FEATURE: Patricia Bond   How did you get into floristry and what do you love about the industry?   It’s a career change for me. I was previously working as a Director of Research in a Health Science department of a university. When my...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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