Hello and welcome to my ever blog! you will have to bear with me, as a dyslexic this will be littered with spelling mistakes and the grammar police will be out in full force!
Having said that as an adult I have learnt to embrace it, I truly believe that my lack of academic ability fueled my creativity.
In this blog I wanted to share with you a little bit more about me, my background and why I would love you to come and learn floristry with me. I know I’m bias, but it really is the best job in the world!
I was always creative as way back as I can remember, not in a traditional art way, more in a Blue Peter sticky back plastic, cardboard box way (for those of you old enough to remember).
I have always loved being outside and growing things. There is nothing quite like the feeling of your hands in the soil. Being outside in nature really is my happy place.
I started my floristry career as a Saturday girl in my friend’s mum florist at the age of 15 and was hooked. Something about the smells and colours just called to me, I had found my tribe! still to this day my closest friends are florists.
There is a unique smell when you open a florist shop in the morning, it’s a heady mix of all the floral scents mixed together. It evaporates after a minute or so but if you could bottle it would be a bestseller! It’s one of my favorite smells in the world.
There is a Japanese saying that for me sums up my relationship with flowers. It says “in Joy and in sadness flowers are our constant friend “for me this is so true in my life in the darkest of times to the happiest of times flowers have always been there and played a part!
Throughout my 35-year career weddings and events have always been my passion, but around 12 years ago when I got divorced, I fell in to teaching as it fitted around my then young children. I quickly discovered I loved sharing my knowledge and passion for floristry with others. Helping other people to learn the skills and knowledge to do the job I truly love gave me so much joy.
For the past 10 years of have taught floristry in a local Portsmouth college in Hampshire to industry standard, but in 2022 I decided to launch my own floristry school and teach my own way in a knowledgeable but less formal environment and so the Lily and Bee floristry school was born.
So, what is floristry and why should you choose Lily and Bee floristry school?
Floristry is the art of arranging flowers and plants in a visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing way. It is a skill that has been practiced for centuries and is still popular today. Floristry is for everyone If you are interested in learning floristry, then attending a floristry school can be an excellent option.
As a qualified floristry teacher and assessor with 35 years of experience, I have a wealth of knowledge to share with my students. From how to care for your flowers all the way through to taking large corporate and wedding orders. During My 35 years in the industry I have seen so many trends, new products and techniques and I’m always learning. This helps me to provide valuable insights to all my students. My expertise and experience ensure that students receive top-quality training and education. Il even share my success and failures I have had along the way.
I wanted to create a floristry school for everyone, so Lily and Bee floristry school offers courses at all levels, from beginners to advanced. Everyone is welcome and can learn floristry, regardless of their skill level. Lily and Bee floristry school was born so that we can provide the opportunity for people to learn a new skill, develop their existing skills, or even start a new career in floristry. Whatever the reason for wanting to learn floristry, we can cater to your needs, whether it’s a full career change course, you’re a florist looking to upskill or a hobbyist looking for an afternoon of flower fun.
It’s important to me that people feel welcome and able to ask lots of questions and get lots of feedback on their designs. We may be a small floristry school, but we are mighty! As the saying goes from little acorns mighty oaks grow! Classes are small and intermit career change floristry course are capped at 3 students and day floristry workshops at 8 students.
I passionately believe floristry is a creative and artistic skill, and at lily and bee floristry school we provide a space for people to express their creativity. The school can provide a peaceful and relaxing environment for students to learn and practice their floristry skills. This can be a great way for people to unwind and de-stress from their busy lives. So What are you waiting for ?