Covent garden flower market

RHS Chelsea

Photo credit @shaneconnollyandco

Photo credit @shaneconnollyandco

It all began with a blog from Rona Wheeldon congratulating Shane Connolly on his invitation to produce a floral arch at the Chelsea Flower Show to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  In this blog, Shane commented on how students of floristry would be assisting with this project. On reading this, we emailed @Shane Connolly & Co to offer our services, we were already competing in the College of the Year competition and to represent Reaseheath Floristry on a second occasion at the prestigious event would be fantastic. We received an email accepting our offer of help and so the journey began.

On Friday 20th May, 2 lecturers, Fiona Davies, Helen Cooke and 4 students, Clare Street, Lee Law, Sophie Garratt and Abi Rowley travelled to Covent Garden flower market and helped condition the beautiful British flowers and foliage that were arriving throughout the day.

On Saturday 21st May, Fiona and Helen worked through the night with a team of volunteer florists and the incredible professional and caring team from Shane Connolly installing the floral arch. Watching this structure grow from a scaffold frame to a stunning arch way bedecked with fabulous British foliage, plants and flowers was incredible, a floral journey we will never forget.

The arch way was a gift to the Queen, all time and materials used were offered on a voluntary basis, a true gift of beauty and opportunity.


standardisation day CROP

Setting the standards for Floristry training

standardisation day CROP

Hugh Baird College’s Floristry team hosted industry professionals, training providers and florists from across the country for a Floristry Standardisation Day.

The aim of the day was to get as many employers, professional florists and training providers as possible to maintain high standards in all of the qualifications delivered.  Working in collaboration ensures that the training provided helps our students develop the skills, knowledge and experience employers need in their future staff.

Members of Reaseheath’s floristry team joined other delegates (including employers, international designers, a BFA representative and a leading wholesale manager) for the day jam packed with latest updates on industry best practice. The morning session involved representatives sharing news and updates from both the British Florist Association and Country Baskets Wholesalers.

delegates to industry standardisation day

The event also included updates from Kate Whelan who was representing the British Florist Association and the Institute of Professional Florists. The afternoon session looked at current and upcoming qualifications and an internal quality assurance exercise, enabling delegates to compare their own assessment methods and levels with those of other providers, as well as against examining guidelines.

The finale of the day was a demonstration by International designer Julie Pearson who inspired the team with her innovative and creative work.