As it was half term this week we went to stay with my Mum and Dad in North Yorkshire. I’ve written before about how I manage by business during the school holidays. When visiting my parents I have to restrict my time even more. There’s no interact access, so my mobile data takes a hammering.
British Florist Association Awards
On my Sunday morning I came across a message on Twitter from Rebecca (who I've previously interviewed on my blog) asking whether I had heard about the BFA Awards. After being nominated by the lovely Farah at Georgie Baldwin Floral Design in the category of Florist Tutor of the Year and asking my followers to vote for me I’d thought nothing more about the awards. And yes –readers – I’ve been voted Florist Tutor of the Year 2016!
It’s been lovely to share my news with my parents first hand and to be congratulated by my fellow winners at South East Flowers (my wholesaler) and Hadlow College (where I trained and taught) – the world of flowers is really an incredibly supportive place to be.
BFA Florist Tutor of the Year
2016 is proving to be a great year. I was a finalist in the Kent Women in Business Awards and now I’ve been recognised as - The Florist. That Teaches - and been voted Florist Tutor of the Year 2016.
A bit about me
By way of background I retrained as a florist in 2004. Doing wedding and funeral work didn’t suit me. My real passion has always been teaching, watching my students bring flowers to life, and seeing their joy as the stresses and strains of everyday life melt away in the therapy of arranging flowers.
I teach a variety of classes, for women looking for an alternative to book club or a girls’ night in, to arts for wellbeing for clients with mental health issues. I also deliver the floristry programme in partnership with Kent Adult Education, as well as pop-up workshops at fabulous locations in Kent.
One of my goals for this year has been to launch an online flower arranging class so no matter how busy you are everyone can have the opportunity to learn how to arrange flowers. You could say I’ve grown my flower arranging business from my kitchen table to deliver highly regarded online flower arranging classes to kitchen tables all around the country. You can find out more about FlowerStart – my 4-week online flower arranging class on craftcourses.com. It’s been getting some amazing reviews.
To celebrate being the 2016 Florist Tutor of the Year I’m offering a £20.16 discount on the price of my 4-week online flower arranging class. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Florist Tutor of the Year” and you’ll be able to join me in class online for only £78.84.
5-day FREE mini-course
If you’re planning to find your happy with flowers this week don’t forget you can amaze your friends with your knowledge about getting your flowers to last longer. Sign up here for access to my FREE five-day mini course and make a start on getting your flowers to last longer.
If you’d like to join my next 4-week online flower arranging class you can find out more about it here.
Until next time, happy flowers!