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 of The Florist Garden at the Academy and our new course on growing flowers and foliage for floristry.
Since discovering the world of the Academy in 2016, Tina has embraced floristry, flying through her Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications and now studying for the Academy Masters Level 4. She’s made the most of the extracurricular opportunities on offer with the Academy. She’s worked with the team at the Leeds Castle Flower Festival, supported Jonathan Moseley at the RHS Malvern Spring Show, visited the Dutch flower auctions and IPM Essen. She’s done all this alongside her horticultural and floristry businesses.
Her passion for plants has its roots in her childhood and an early fascination with seed germination and plant propagation. She studied for her Royal Horticultural Certificate at Dartington College and secured a position as gardener at a prominent Torbay hotel set in 28 acres of grounds. The site offered everything a keen horticulturalist could want: over 1000 roses, a parterre dating back to the 1840s, managed woodlands, a 9 hole par 3 golf course and used over 3000 bedding plants every year.
Working her way up through the ranks under the guidance of “some amazingly talented teachers”, Tina became Head Gardener aged 28, even appearing in Greenkeeping magazine as one of the country’s few female greens keepers.