Flowers for Funerals - tickets still available!

Written by Alastair Owen
September 08, 2010

With only two weeks to go before our Flowers for Funerals extravaganza, now is the time to book your tickets for our unique funeral flowers workshops.

Renowned florists Tina Parkes and Claire Cowling will be taking to the Flower Market Stage before hosting their very own two our long sessions.

These workshops are an exclusive opportunity for professional development in funeral floristry and a chance to learn new techniques and perfect your creative ideas.

Spaces are limited to just 30 florists per workshop and advance booking is essential. Each workshop costs £65 (this includes VAT) and includes all the flowers, foliage and floral sundries, as well as tuition, light refreshments and free entry to the Flower Market.

> To buy your tickets for the workshops, please go here.

Tell me more...

Many of you have been emailing and calling us to ask exactly what you'll be getting up to in the workshops. So we've put together some information about both Tina and Claire as well as what you can expect to make during the two hour workshops.

Tina Parkes

TinaParkes.pngTina Parkes, from the Academy of Floral Art in Devon, is the world's most highly qualified florist. Tina, who already holds the NDSF and Dutch Masters Certificate, was recently awarded the American Institute of Floral Designers' Certified Floral Designer designation.

This makes Tina the only florist in history to possess the highest qualifications from the UK, the USA and Holland all together. You can read more about this here.

During your workshop with Tina you will be making a stylish triangular funeral design (semi environmentally friendly) suitable for both a main family tribute or it can be created as a smaller piece. It incorporates traditional skills such as wiring and the use of moss as well as a range of new techniques.

Claire Cowling

ClaireCowling.pngClaire Cowling is internationally recognised as one of the UK's leading florists. Her work frequently appears in leading floristry books and the national press. She is often a part of major international events such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Not only has Claire won numerous awards and prizes for her work, she is co-author of several best selling books and magazines that other professional florists use for inspiration and product design on a daily basis.

During the workshop, Claire will demonstrate a beautiful wreath design. Going back to basics, you will see how to transform a simple plain wreath into an absolutely stunning, memorable and emotive funeral design - Claire Cowling style!!

This is a beautiful design that can be adapted in so many ways, looks fantastic whatever size and will be a delight for your customers to send and for you to make. You will also make a trendy token design. A variety of wiring, layering and gluing techniques will be shown together with tips and advice.

If you have any more questions or want any more info please call our Events Team on 020 7501 3495 or email


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