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I was recently contacted by Georgia Miles who is the founder of The Sussex Flower School.
Georgia runs floristry courses ranging from Floral Design for Beginners, Hand Tied Bouquets and Christmas Wreath Making Workshops to Train to be a Wedding Florist.
She had her own successful wedding floristry business for several years before concentrating on teaching.
She’s a specialist in historical floral design and has also taught on the National Certificate Levels 2, 3 and 4 – The Higher Diploma in Floristry – at Plumpton College in East Sussex.
Her vision is to ‘make floral design accessible to everybody whatever their skills, background or motivation’.
Georgia very kindly answered a few questions for me:
When did you start your floristry school?
I started the school properly at the beginning of 2011 but had been teaching privately for a year or so before that.
Where is the school based?
The school is run from a lovely studio in my garden, which is in Laughton, East Sussex.
What type of courses do you offer?
We offer whatever people want! There are lots of different day courses in all aspects of floristry and then some more specific days aimed at working florists.
We also run additional days on cake decorating, willow weaving and growing a cutting garden.
In between, all my time is taken up with One to One days, which are very popular.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2011 /start of 2012?
There are lots of courses between now and the end of the year. I will also be giving demonstrations at various venues.
From the beginning of December, most days will be accompanied by large amounts of moss as our Christmas courses get under way.
There are some exciting new courses to come in 2012 including Church Flowers, Floral Arches and days with a herbalist making a Herbal First Aid Kit and Elderflower Champagne – not at the same time!
Do you have a favourite flower?
I know most people would say it’s impossible to choose and I do love most flowers, however dahlias have to win in my book.
They are so easy to grow, come in such a wide variety of shapes and colours and they flower solidly all through the summer until the first frosts, just fabulous.
So, if you’d like to learn how to create a hand-tied bouquet or develop your floristry skills, why not take a look at Georgia’s lovely website?
Gift vouchers are also available….a perfect Christmas present for someone who’s passionate about flowers!
And if you’re on Twitter, you may like to follow The Sussex Flower School to keep up-to-date with their news.