November Festive Floral Demonstration November 18, 2018

The count down to Christmas has begun, meaning it's time to start gathering decorations and decking the halls for the festivities of the up coming season. In our opinion, one of the best ways to do this is with artificial flowers and arrangements!

There is no booking required, just pop the date in your diary so make sure you don't miss out on the demonstrations in your local store, along with an array of inspiration and knowledge that can be gathered from the events and the florists involved.

Select a Store

  • Glasgow
  • Gateshead
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • High Wycombe
  • Loughborough

The Demonstrator at Glasgow

Helen Jamieson

Helen Jamieson

Helen Jamieson is one of England’s most outstanding floral designers, a third generation florist whose grandfather started in the flower business as a grower and then as a trader in the local market.
The business evolved into a flower shop 41 years ago, and when Helen decided floristry was her chosen career she opened up a second shop. FIori of Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne. Fiori is a thriving family businesses where attention to detail, customer service and stylish design are their recipes for success.
No stranger to competition work, Helen was Teleflorist Designer of the Year in 2007 and went on to compete in the Teleflor World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Her work as a freelance designer has involved her in many demonstrations, workshops and campaigns both in UK and worldwide.
Helen is a Floral Fundamentals Ambassador where she has been chosen to help to promote the Dutch Flower Industry, with her floral skills, and Industrial Knowledge.
A Chelsea Flower Show medalist, Helen is a valued Ambassador and teacher for various Floral Products where her innovative yet commercial designs make her an inspiring demonstrator and style consultant.
Helen’s says, “My style of work is constantly evolving, my signature designs are simple and natural with emphasis on form and colour. I have to strike a balance between high design and the needs of my customers to ensure the business is focused on sales and profit.

The Demonstrator at Gateshead

Ian Lloyd

Ian Lloyd

Ian Lloyd is one of our most experienced demonstrators and runs a beautiful florist shop in Wilmslow, Cheshire which was named in the top 10 florists in the country by the newspaper The Independent. He has demonstrated in 15 different countries, sharing his knowledge with the world and established and ran The Uk School of Floristry for many years.

Many of his works have featured in national magazines and television shows. Ian is a renouned wedding florist helping to bring peoples dreams to life with his expert team. They have many years experience and have dressed venues such as Caverswall Castle and Rowton Castle for weddings. Ian is also an International Floristry Judge.

The Demonstrator at Leeds

Neil Whittaker

Neil Whittaker

Co-owner of Manchester based 'Design Element Flowers', Neil has built a reputation over twenty years as one of the country’s leading florists. His designs are always stunning and incorporate a vast variety of skills and techniques that will truly inspire you. He demonstrates and teaches his wonderful style and unique floristry skills nationally and internationally so audiences far and wide can gain inspiration from his techniques. His floral creations have been featured in The Best of British magazine along with many other publications.

In 2010, he won the Croatian National Championship, immediately after being placed seventh in the Interflora World Cup in Shanghai. Neil secured three gold medals and best in show at the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his striking floral creations. He has also won Interflora Florist of the Year three times now, his most recent achievement being the UK and Ireland Interflora Florist of the year which he won in July 2013 at RHS Tatton Park Show. His designs use a huge range of bold and bright colours that sit together beautifully while still creating a delicate feel.

The Demonstrator at Manchester

James Billington

James Billington

James started to work with flowers at the tender age of 13 and has been in the flower trade for over 22 years. He is now the in-house florist at The Midland Hotel in Manchester and owns his own event floristry business called Citiblooms Ltd.
Having worked with the largest event florists in the UK, James has gathered a vast amount of skills and techniques to share with others. James has the ability to create ideas and designs to inspire any florist who wants to learn.

The Demonstrator at Birmingham

Jonathan Moseley

Jonathan Moseley

Jonathan Moseley is a renowned floral designer, he is passionate about flowers and draws upon his love of nature and his garden for many of his strikingly beautiful designs. He has worked within the floristry industry for 25 years and is currently the President of the North of England Horticultural Society.

Known for his role as the Floral Expert on BBC’s ‘Big Allotment Challenge’, Jonathan is recognised as a key figure in the world of flowers, and as someone who constantly innovates and applies great creativity to his floral displays.

Jonathan works closely with the RHS demonstrating and designing large scale floral instillations at their major shows including Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern, Tatton & Chatsworth. Jonathan regularly showcases his talents at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and has worked with many leading stately homes including Chatsworth, Woburn Abbey, Stonor Park and Renishaw Hall to name but a few.

The Demonstrator at Bristol

Dean Sharpe

Dean Sharpe

Dean began his floristry journey studying at Moreton Morrall College where he qualified with distinction for level 2, he's now coming towards the end of the level 3. Whilst studying, he was encouraged to enter national floristry competitions.
Where he achieved several awards over the years including gold at the UK World Skills competition in 2016.
More recently, he won first place at the Chelsea heats in November of last year and is really hoping for a place in the final 16 in May 2018.
He now has his own business (Dean Sharpe’s Floral Studio) and works on large events and weddings throughout the UK.
Whilst also currently enjoying demonstrating at different flower clubs all over the UK and showing others the styles that he love to create.

The Demonstrator at High Wycombe

Dennis Van Wonderen

Dennis Van Wonderen

Dennis is an inspirational florist who brings his passion for flowers to every demonstration he hosts. After moving to England 15 years ago, Dennis decided to set up his own florist shop in 2007, with great success. His creativity and design have resulted in his reputation for trend-led and ornate designs that really stand out from the crowd.

He has won a gold medal at the Hampton Court Flower Show, which Dennis saw as one of his finest personal achievements. Dennis has created pieces which have received huge publicity such as bouquets for the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the official flowers for the Tour de France; he is truly in demand. He not only runs a flower shop but also runs a floristry school, where you can learn the skills you need to creating your own striking floral displays.

The Demonstrator at Loughborough

Julie Pearson

Julie Pearson

Julie Pearson has many qualities which makes her a well-rounded and professional florist. Julie is a Designer, Demonstrator and Lecturer in the industry and has over thirty five year’s experience, which includes managing her own floral event company. She now teaches and demonstrates in the UK and parts of Europe, making her well known in the floristry world.

With Julie being a passionate educator she has achieved the City & Guilds Professional award and is an Academic Fellow of the Institute of Professional Florists. She has been demonstrating for many years with many organisations and for many events including Country Baskets seasonal demonstrations, passing her knowledge and techniques on to the next generation of florists.

What's On?

These events will be focused on seasonal flowers, colour palettes and decorations that are sure to create a Christmassy feel throughout the day, hopefully getting everyone in the Christmas spirit! The selected florist for each of the stores will be creating beautiful pieces on the day that will then be given away as raffle prizes as well as answering questions and giving advice from their experiences.

What Time?

  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Floral Demonstration10.30am-11.30am
  • Floral Demonstration12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Floral Demonstration1.30pm-2.30pm

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