National Teachers ** indicates available at short notice
Margaret Fairhurst ** -- Devon
I have been a keen flower arranger since I joined Beckenham Flower Club in 1971 and then continued as a member of Honiton when I moved to Devon in 1978. I took my City and Guild Flower Arranging Parts I and II in Torquay and my Teachers Certificate in Taunton. I have been a National Teacher for forty years and taken classes both locally and throughout the country. I have also taught in Spain and Japan. I was delighted to be invited to put up an exhibit at Westminster Abbey for NAFAS Golden Anniversary.
Sheila Hadlow-Mount ** - Cornwall
I became a NAFAS National Teacher in August 2013
Having my Florist Shop for 32 years, I have had the opportunity to teach Floristry and Floral Art to quite a few students for many years. Also for 15 years I taught Floral Art in the Adult Learning Section of our local college. At our National Shows with the Education Committee doing mini teach-ins and meeting members from other areas..
Being the tutor for students in our Area and 5 students achieving the level 2 NAFAS Course was such a joy.
Julia Harrison ** - Devon
I have always been interested in flowers. When at school I was always asked to decorate the table for any invited guests to the school. I did my City and Guilds with Margaret Hallows in Torquay. At the same time doing my teacher training in Exeter. I started teaching one class to begin with and going on to ten a week. These were initially with Devon County Council and then after 25 years with them, I broke away and worked independently. I love teaching and creating new designs and passing on my knowledge. I also like to do workshop days for clubs when we can develop ideas further.
Currently Titles are Back to Basics, New Ideas, Traditional Designs and other subjects on request
Angela Hyland - Cornwall
I started teaching Flowers are Fun at my local college in 2010. In 2011 NAFAS offered a teaching course to be held at Osbourne House. I applied and was accepted. The course took a year four weekends at Osbourne House and a huge amount of work, but it was very interesting, informative and challenging and also a time to make new flower friends. Having qualified I found my own venue and started classes. I have many students with new ones joining us all the time. We have huge fun and cover a wide range of topics I like to challenge my learners as they also challenge me. Teaching is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever undertaken. We have continued to have limited number classes in my conservatory having come out of lockdown due to learner demand. Please look at Penrice flower arrangement club Facebook page to see what we have been up too.
Tracy Johnson - Devon
A florist with over 20 years experience and became an Area Demonstrator in 2015. She teaches Flower Arranging and Arts & Crafts as a Tutor with South Devon College and runs private classes in mosaics, felt making and various other crafts. She likes to make her own floral containers/props and incorporates her hand-made crafts into her demonstrations too. Tracy and her family are either ex-military or currently serving, so she always has some stories to tell about the comings and goings of her varied career and past life. She is also an active member of the WI and Totnes Flower Club.
Maggi Murray ** - Cornwall
City & Guilds 019 Floristry parts 1,2,& 3 City & Guilds 784 Flower Arranging parts 1 & 2
City & Guilds 730 H.N.D level 4 Floral Art & Design
I have a wide experience of both Floristry and Flower Arranging. I also greatly enjoy the craft aspects of floral design. I like to keep up to date with new floral trends, through my membership of Links Designer Club and attending workshops and JDSE days. My designs have been featured twice on the cover of the Insight magazine, with several articles on different design styles, techniques and craft work.
On behalf of D& C Area :- for the celebration of the 50th anniversary, of NAFAS, I designed and made the banner for display at Westminster Abbey. I was part of the 2010 Chelsea team "When you garden from a Dream."
I have on several occasions created large scale designs for Cotehele and Buckland Abbey, National Trust properties. Recently, I was honoured to be asked to arrange a large scale pedestal for the High altar of Westminster Abbey.
Alison Penno ** - Cornwall
With thanks to my Mum I was introduced to the world of floral design at a very early age. Having grown up with flowers it was inevitable I would choose floristry as a career and also join the NAFAS family. I am a member of Links Designer Club, where I have been involved on the committee and also chaired.
Being a member of NAFAS has brought so many opportunities to me, the most memorable were exhibiting, at Flowers at Oxford and RHS Chelsea, winning silver gilt medals on two occasions. Working in a team for the Devon & Cornwall area and competing in the Florist of the Year.
In 2015 I passed the area test, this has resulted in me visiting many clubs in the area. I have also demonstrated in Ireland and Portugal.
At present I am working towards becoming a National Demonstrator.
I love demonstrating, the challenge of coming up with interesting designs and topics is exciting although the real buzz is the nervousness before you go on stage and the chatting afterwards with fellow friends.
Pat Penno ** - Cornwall
Being a member of Nafas for 50 years, my life still evolves around flowers. In my early days I was very keen to go further, so studied the City and Guilds Course Part 1 with Ken Willcocks, then did Part 2 with Pamela Pillar in Plymouth. I was invited to teach Adult Evening classes at Launceston College, so this took me to train for my City & Guilds Teachers Certificate. I studied for two years and achieved Part 1& 2. I have taught many Students in our Area, at Plymouth F.E.
College, then the newly formed Duchy College at Stoke Climsland. Unfortunately the City & Guilds courses ended, so Head Quarters produced the Nafas Diploma Course parts 1-3.
This I taught Part 1 in Launceston and parts 1-3 in Barstaple for three and half years. Then a higher level 4 was available which I taught in Launceston, this being the first area in the country to complete and achieve it. I love competitive work, so I encouraged all my students to enter shows, great news if they won over me they were delighted!
Edna Trudgeon ** - Cornwall
I have had an interest in gardening from an early age, and in later years enjoyed entering the village produce shows.
Encouraged by my mother-in-law I joined a Flower Club, attended floral art classes and found the courage to enter shows.
The W. I set up training classes, in their then H.Q. in Truro, this led to more advanced teacher training at Denman College where I passed the assessments.
This was followed with Adult Education Classes, two sessions per week for six weeks in the autumn term.
I then decided to take the City and Guilds course of Floral Art 730, this was over a period of three years at the Probus Demonstration Gardens
I have since taken C.&G Level four in Floral Art and Design.