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The British Florist Association is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the original flower trade association at BBC Gardeners’ World Live with bfaspectacular floristry demonstrations, competitions and a stunning flowers shop showcasing the best of professional floristry to the world!

The British Florist Association will be bringing an exciting mix of live demonstrations from top professional florists as well as the chance to browse and buy at the BFA Shop, which will be overflowing with beautiful flower bouquets and arrangements.

British Florist Association Shop

British Florist Association Shop

Just like any good high-street retail florist shop, the BFA Flower Shop will be full of fresh cut flowers, bouquets and arrangements, expertly arranged by skilled BFA florists. You can browse, buy or even order at the show with the BFA’s Design-to-Order service. And who may even win a sensational Summer Bouquet of 100 stems as part of the BFA's celebrations of their 100 year anniversary (visit the  BFA Flower Stage to enter the prize draw).
British Florist Association Stage

British Florist Association Stage

If you fancy seeing a professional florist at work, then stop by the BFA Flower Stage , where top London florist, Dennis van Wonderen will be in action across the four days with his stylish, informative and always entertaining floral demonstrations. Immersed in the world of cut flowers from a young age, there is nothing this Dutchman does not know about floristry! As he creates lavish hand-tied bouquets, tablecentres and vase arrangements, Dennis will be sharing plenty of hints and tips on how to make the best of your cut flowers in your home.

On Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June, prepare to be wowed by a true battle of floristry champions as we host, with the British Florist Association, the heats of the prestigious UK Florist of the Year competition. Twelve talented, professional florists have secured their places by winning either an RHS Chelsea medal or heat, or by competing through the WorldSkills UK programme. This is a challenge for the über-creative - and certainly not for the faint-hearted!

Over the course of each day, the florists will be creating no fewer than three floral designs live at the Show in full view of passers-by:

1. A flamboyant head adornment to be worn by a dancer at the opening ceremony of the 50th celebrations of Gardeners’ World the TV programme.

2. A fantasy floral handbag to be carried at the BBC Gardeners’ World Golden Anniversary party held in the floral marquee.  

 3. A foliage cushion to hold the certificate for presentation at the 50th Anniversary Award ceremony of BBC Gardeners’ World. 

4. Last but not least a 'Surprise' item

Thursday 15 June competitors:

  • Amanda Coghill
  • Louisa Cooper
  • Dean Sharpe
  • Caroline Crabb
  • Sara Barrow
  • Kate Bainbridge
  • Emma Keeler

Friday 16 June competitors:

  • Tina Pound
  • Katy Coleman
  • Helen Pannitt
  • Helena Pike
  • Amy Manley

With thanks to their sponsors.

So, take a walk on the Floristry Side at BBC Gardeners’ World Live! There is more to floristry than you think… The stage is set for a feast of professional floristry and a fitting celebration of 100 years of the British Florist Association.

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