Whenever I have the chance (and time) I read Floristry Magazine, follow flower growers blogs and Twitter feeds, and keep an eye on styles and competitions with the British Florist Association and their associated magazine, BFA Florist. I look out for award winning designs from well respected national and international floral designers, too. I love to learn from the world of floristry at large and think it’s important to keep up with the latest trends and developments.
A recent visit to B J Richards Nurseries with the Academy of Floral Art was an interesting window on the delicate process of flower-growing, vital to the final quality and freshness of our floral work. Senior Richards gave us so much history on the family business it was fascinating to hear.
Also this month, of course, it was the Chelsea Flower Show. Every year there’s a competition to find the RHS Florist of the Year which we all watch with interest wondering if we will know the winner. This year, talented South West floral designer Amanda Randall (based in Tavistock) won a Gold for her entry. Congratulations, Amanda!
Last, but not least, back to my own designs. From this Thursday, H. Samuel in St Austell will be running a special wedding promotion. Some of my floral wedding work will be on display alongside the gorgeous bridal jewellery, so brides-to-be, mothers of the brides or grooms, please pop in if you’re passing and pick up a leaflet – and watch this space for a photo of one of my new wedding designs.