creativity ‘blossomed’, resulting in my first place trophy at the British Floristry Associations annual FleurEx competition in 2015. The achievement of a 1st place at FleurEx, encouraged me to compete in further competitions. I went on to be a finalist in the UK Florist of the Year awards, achieving a second place in two competitions at Fleurex 2016.
However, I am most proud of my most accomplished award to date, which was winning Gold at the hugely celebrated and influential UK World Skills competition held at Birmingham’s NEC in November 2016. This competition was like no other I had previously entered. After the initial qualifying heats for the competition in April 2016, I was then through to the finals, competing against 7 very talented florists. We competed for 3 days with various briefs ranging from a bridal design to decorating an obelisk; (photographs of my designs can be found in my blog titled ‘UK World Skills 2016).
Whilst studying at college, I supported myself by working full-time at a busy florist where I gained tremendous experience in all aspects of floristry. I was given support and guidance, along with an understanding of what it was going to be like on the ‘coal face’ of running my own floristry business which was always my long term goal.
Dean Sharpe’s Floral Studio will deliver stunning floral displays, full of imagination and flair, for all of my customers, whatever the event.
August 1st - Workshop
April 4th - Barbara Collins - "Joys of Spring ..."
May 2nd - Workshop
Nov 7th - Lee Berrill "All That Glitters .."
Barbara lives and works in Peterborough as a freelance flower arranger
In 1996 she joined Peterborough Floral Decoration Society and spent many years on the committee, including two terms as chairman
In 2006 Barbara qualified as a NAFAS Area Demonstrator, and enjoys sharing her love for flowers and garden foliage. Sometimes she uses her favourite flower – the Daffodil, and on special occasions cuts a few of “Barbara’s Passion” which was named for her by her husband in 2012. She says this celebrates her passion for Daffodils, which she has had since she was a child
Barbara is a keen competitor, and enjoys the challenge of designing exhibits. She has competed at Club, Group, Area and National levels, and most recently, represented her Area at the NAFAS Designer of The Year Competition at Blackpool 2015. She also arranged flowers in Westminster Abbey in 2010 to represent her Area at the Commonwealth Service
Barbara always enjoys being involved in Flower Festivals, and has exhibited in Cathedrals at Ely, Lincoln, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds. She is a Member of the Flower Guild for Peterborough Cathedral, where she leads a team of flower arrangers
June 6th - Elizabeth Bishop - "Love is in the Air .."
February 7th - AGM + Helen Crowfoot, Nottinghamshire Family History Society
Oct 3rd Lyn Wherrett "Looking Forward .."
July 4th - Dean Sharpe - Award Winning Florist
March 7th - Linda Smith - "Best Foot Forward ..."
Make either a BASKET arrangement OR a CRESCENT arrangement.
For the Basket arrangement you will need to bring;
For the Crescent arrangement you will need to bring;
NB Both arrangements require a green dish & Oasis, which can be bought on the night for £1.00
Filler foliage & Curved foliage will be available on the night if required.
"Time for Tea” workshop, includes a free home-made scone, jam & cream.
From a young age, I always had that creative flair and a passion for design. Throughout my early career, I held various jobs within the event planning industry, culminating with running a successful business bringing all the elements of event management and design together. It was during this time that I discovered my true love for flowers and I realised that this was the industry for me.
I began my floristry journey studying at Moreton Morall Collage where I qualified with distinction. Whilst studying, I was encouraged to enter national floristry competitions, where at first, the prospect of this seemed very daunting…especially when I received that first brief! However, taking the leap into the world of competing is when my real passion for design and
Our Demonstrators 2018
Bring your own Oasis or buy on the night
You will need to bring;
a Hand-tied arrangement OR a cup & saucer &/or teapot arrangement
Sept 5th - Jo Smith - "My World of Inspiration .."
Liz Bishop (ANCF) was born in Kajang, Malaysia and studied at The Sentul Convent School in Kuala Lumpur. She left Malaysia in 1977 to become a Flight Stewardess with Saudi Arabian Airlines and lived in Jeddah where she met and married her husband. Having flown all over the world, she decided to settle in the United Kingdom with her husband.
Recently retired from a bank, Liz has many passions and also works as a Freelance Florist doing various assignments, especially weddings and floral demonstrations. She is a member of Baslow Flower Circle, North Midlands Area group Future Concepts and New Dimensions Contemporary Flower Club in the North East Area. Liz travels all over Yorkshire, Midlands, Cheshire, Northumberland, Scotland, Wales, Norfolk and anywhere else as required. Liz is a trained florist and incorporates the use of tropical flowers and foliage in her designs. Being proud of her heritage, Liz adds a Malaysian element and style in most of her designs and themes for her floral demonstrations whenever she can. Her personal website www.junglebloom.com and Junglebloom page on Facebook gives up to date details of her work and events that take place regularly, together with pictures on her gallery. She has a passion for tropical flowers and exotic plant foliage which can be seen in most of her demonstrations.