A Message From the Principal, Gillian Wheeler

To me, flowers are the most amazing and beautiful creations. Nothing on earth can match their colours, textures, and fragrance. In my career, I have worked with precious objects, textiles and antiques, but flowers and foliage are living things. Some say this is their failing. The fact that they are transient, for me, is their strength, continually evolving and changing. Imagine the seasons if it were perpetually autumn - how tired we would be of orange, red and gold.

Flowers, singly or massed, have a vibrant life that along with foliage gives the designer an incomparable paint box of colour and an endless series of sculptural forms. From the bare structures of winter, the buds of spring, through the colourful spectacle of summer, to the glamour of autumn. 

The Academy's courses will encourage your imagination to create. Our students will learn all the tricks and skills of the florist, but they will also seize upon the potential for real design.

The journey is not only fascinating but truly involving. I can promise anyone taking one of our courses, a life-changing experience.

For centuries flowers have played a huge part in people’s lives for celebrations, ceremonies, great events or intimate occasions. They bring nature into our daily lives be it a small posy of violets, to a lavish arrangement. They always bring joy.

The Academy for me is the realisation of a dream.

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