Months of planning in advance and then, in just a few days, a whole year of preparations just flies by. But it goes without saying that the event was a huge success and has managed to bridge the gaps in our industry by bringing all the different organisations closer together working along side eachother to deliver a united front for professional floristry.
With this years introduction of retail floristry on BBC national tv in a three minute report as well as numerous local radio, tv and newspaper coverage we have managed to open a door that until now has always remained firmly shut. This acchievement is something we can be incredibly proud of as this long awaited introduction of professional retail floristry to the consumer has certainly kicked of the BFA's four year consumer campaign with a flying start and who knows where we will end up next year!
The live demonstrations by our BFA designers were extremely popular and packed our design theatre for each and every performance. The fun and laughter was able to be heard outside the marquee which drew in some more intrigued visitors. A big thank you to the members of the public that put their hand up when we asked for a volunteer from the audience for our 'Ready, Steady, Floristry!' challenge. In these fun filled presentations members of the audience created their own masterpiece following a brief demonstration before hand. When they found out that this was done to a set time (which was not told before hand) the pressure was really on and we managed to get some stunning results with arrangements created by a construction worker, police man, teacher, butcher, carer and retired house wife to name but a few.
Congratulations to Lauren Curry, the winner of the WorldSkills UK Floristry Final that was held in our marquee. Please visit the BFA website for some images of the beautiful work that was created by all the competitors. (details below)
So what's next you'll all want to know? Well, next is the shows calendar for next year. Meetings, meetings and more meetings to plan our stands for next year. I will of course keep you all posted with regular blogs when I have news that will interest you all. For those of you that didn't make it to Tatton Park why not take a look at the many images we took on www.bfaflorist.org Here you will also find a link to the BBC i-player to see the action from the marquee for yourself. Until next time, enjoy the hot days and warm nights. Perfect for Pimms on the patio! Cheerio!! ;-)