I was recently contacted by Vicki Gilbert who runs The Flower School Brighton with her business partner, Norie Fujimori.
They run a range of courses from a one day introduction to floristry to wedding flowers courses.
Vicki very kindly answered a few questions for me:
When did you start your floristry school?
We initially did a trial one day course in August 2009 which went really well. However I was eight months pregnant at the time so we then had a few months break before starting again with a Christmas course in December 2010.
Where is the school based?
We work from a lovely studio in Hove. But we also run bespoke courses in people’s homes and have been lucky enough to work in some stunning sea-front properties!
What type of courses do you offer?
Last year, we mostly offered one day courses, such as ‘Introduction to Floristry’ and ‘Introduction to Wedding Flowers’ and one day seasonal courses.
However, a lot of our students want to move onto the next stage. So, this year we’re introducing two day intermediate workshops and a six week career change course.
What are your plans for 2012?
This year looks set to be very exciting for us. We have our new courses to look forward to and we have also been asked by the beautiful Buxted Park Hotel to run seasonal workshops there, where attendees will learn how to make a beautiful table arrangement and will then enjoy one of Buxted Park’s famous afternoon teas!
We’ve also been booked to do a demonstration of spring arrangements in the Thistle Hotel in Brighton and have a number of weddings booked in for this year. So a very busy but exciting year for us!
Do you have a favourite flower?
I adore peonies. My business partner Norie’s favourite flowers are sweet peas and viburnum, and we both love amaryllis!
So, if you’d like to learn how to arrange flowers either at The Flower School Brighton’s studio or in the comfort of your own home, why not pop over to their website.
(Images : The Flower School Brighton)