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.
Horticulture is clearly in her blood, as she explains: “My great grandfather had been Head Gardener at the same hotel in the 1940s, and my mother remembers collecting tomatoes from the glass houses as a child when she helped with the watering. I love knowing we pruned the same roses and I was able to watch the specimen trees he planted mature.”
She fell in love with the Academy at her first floristry taster session in 2016, as she explains: “I can honestly say that was it: I knew I’d never leave!. The skills and scope for personal development offered to me by the team saw me heading in a different direction utilizing my horticultural experience alongside my new found love of floristry. The realization that the waste I used to compost could be used in floral art blew my mind.”
Tina is thrilled to be joining the Academy and looking forward to launching a new programme with the Academy on how to grow your own cut material for floristry: “I’ve gained so much as a student at The British Academy of Floral Art, so this is my opportunity to give something back. My aim is to give everyone the knowledge and skill set to grow. Whether you’ve got 2 acres or 2 window boxes, from bulb to bloom and everything in between. I love what I do and I’m itching to share what I’ve learnt and help students utilize the space you have to grow. Having flowers and foliage you’ve nurtured and grown yourself gives you a better understanding of the materials we use, and can only make us all better florists.”
We’ll be releasing more information on our Growing for Floristry course in the next few weeks. If you can’t wait, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
and you’ll be first to hear the details.