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For those who love flowers, love art, love making, or just love watching, there are flower clubs throughout the length and breadth of the UK that collectively form NAFAS.
What can you typically expect to find at a NAFAS flower club meeting.
Once a month in the evening, or many clubs meet in the afternoon, a NAFAS floral art demonstrator will make 6 designs in front of an audience of flower club members and visitors; with both an entertaining and informative 'chat'. Some clubs have a break in the middle to serve refreshments whilst others serve them at the start or end of the event. Clubs will also, often, offer workshops and competitions throughout the year for those that aspire to do more. The best way to find the right club for you is to visit more than one; they are as different from each other as the members in the club. At the end of the demonstration the 6 designs are raffled and 6 members of the audience each win one of the designs to take away with them.
In 1956 Her Majesty the Queen and the Queen Mother visited a large Marque provided by the RHS; designed to show the general public the floral art created by 5 regional organisations. The huge queues to see the exhibits led to the growth of awareness and subsequent flower club membership growth and by 1959, with the support of the RHS, the many flower clubs and societies joined to form the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies - NAFAS
NAFAS is now formed of 21 areas around the country and each in turn having flower clubs in their locality under their area. Your nearest local club will be listed under one of these areas; Berks. Bucks & Oxon, Cheshire, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset & Guernsey, East of England, Home Counties, Kent, London & Overseas. Mercia & North Wales, North East, North Midlands, North West, Northern Ireland, Northumberland & Durham, Scotland, South Midlands, South West
Surrey, Sussex, Three Counties & South Wales, Wessex & Jersey
Gill was just 11 when she discovered NAFAS at a local horticultural show; held in a school near where she lived. Gill loved making things and was a keen Blue Peter follower so you can imagine how thrilled Gill was to discover there were competitions she could enter and floral art demonstrators from whom she could learn more about flower arranging; Gill joined her first flower club - Bush Hill Park Floral Art Club - Part of London & Overseas.
If you would like to learn more about flower arranging and can't find the time, at the moment, to attend a flower club meeting, you can learn more about flower arranging by watching any one of Gill's Free Flower Arranging Videos; over 2 Million viewings to date.
To find your nearest NAFAS flower club visit: https://www.nafas.org.uk/nafas-areas
Gill's Passion is Teaching
Gill McGregor NDSF is a fully qualified florist holding the Society of Floristry NDSF Diploma, equivalent to the current Level 5 C&G Floristry qualification. Gill is also a fully qualified Further Education (FE) teacher and the holder of the Certificate of Education. With Gillâ€™s floristry and teaching skills Gill teaches a host of different floristry workshops- from starting up your own Floristry Business, specialising in the teaching of specific Floristry designs to meet the needs of Gillâ€™s students- to updating / refreshing Floristry Skills.
Qualified Flower Arranging Teacher
Gill is aÂ NAFASÂ (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) National Teacher and a fully qualified Further Education teacher. As both an experienced and qualified Flower Arranger and Florist Gill has taught Contemporary and Traditional Flower arranging floral art classes and workshops throughout the UK and abroad ; receiving hosts of compliments for their course content and her teaching delivery. Courses are devised to inspire and develop attendeesâ€™ skills: Contemporary techniques, leaf manipulation, the Elements and Principles, hand tieds, pedestal, table and free standing dÃ©cor, Gill can teach them all and is happy to design a bespoke course to suit your needs.
Floristry Retail Management
Gill's experience encompasses the management of thriving retail floristry businesses in Central London- decorating the Savoy, The Dorchester, the Hilton- well too many to mention. Gill also, runs a floral and balloon decorating business specialising in wedding designs and decor, participating in wedding fairs and wedding fashion show catwalks, all these activities underpin Gillâ€™s expertise for developing courses.
Designing a bespoke course for you
Gillâ€™s experience means that Gill can design a course/ workshop specifically for you. All you need to do is provide a list of what you want to learn and Gill will design a workshop/ set of learning sessions which will cover the teaching of each design with commercial viability in mind. You will receive a copy of the programme with its own cost to cover all the materials required- all you need to do is to bring a camera, pen and paper and your scissors- Gill provides the rest.
Highest Award Level 4 Floristry Business
Gill received the prestigious City and Guilds highest accolade for her achievement in the Level 4 Floristry Business Procedures qualification in the UK.
Author of Contemporary Floral Art Books
Â As an Author of Contemporary Floral Art books, Gill has had published 9 different floral art books focused on Contemporary techniques and styles to inspire and teach many different design concepts. Gill is currently working on 2 new titles which will be published in the near future. Passionate about Flower arranging results in Gill continually striving to design and develop new Floral Art techniques for the Floral Art world.
Free Flower Arranging Videos with over Two Million viewings
Gill has always promoted the learning of flower arranging throughout her career. To allow people to learn and develop their Floral Art skills Gill has produced a range of free flower arranging videos to enable those people not lucky enough to be able to attend courses and workshops the opportunity to have a video teaching session in the comfort of their own home; on her web-site, through YouTube, Facebook and Now through Zoom
Flower Arranging Credentials
Gill has performed 1000s of Floral Art demonstrations and entertained 10,000s of club members at NAFAS Flower Clubs in the London and Overseas, Home Counties, East of England, Kent, BBO and Surrey Areas. A Flower arranger since the age of 11, Gill was on the adult flower arrangers, competitorâ€™s circuit at the age of 14; winning a host of different competitions and awards. At 16 Gill performed her first Floral Art demonstration and became a qualified NAFAS Flower Arranging demonstrator in 1992. As a fully qualified Flower Arranger Gill has taught Traditional Flower Arranging and Contemporary Floral Art classes and workshops; receiving hosts of compliments for their course content and her teaching delivery. For many years Gill was a Floral Art scheme adviser for City and Guilds and wrote the current suite of C&G Level 1-3 Flower Arranging qualifications. Flower Arranging has always been Gillâ€™s passion and she continually strives to design and develop new Floral Art Techniques and Designs for the Floral Art World.
Gill McGregor NDSF is a fully qualified florist holding the Society of Floristry NDSF Diploma, equivalent to the current Level 5 C&G Floristry qualification, a fully qualified Further Education (FE) teacher and the holder of the Certificate of Education. Gill's expertise for developing courses is achieved through her vast experiences; in the management of thriving retail floristry businesses in London for 12 years, running a floral and balloon decorating business specialising in wedding designs and decor and participating in wedding fashion shows. As Gillâ€™s passion and enthusiasm for teaching developed Gill successfully grew and headed up an OFSTED Grade 1 Floristry department in a specialist FE College for many years.
Heavily involved in the promotion of the Florist industry Gill participated in the writing of City and Guilds Floristry qualifications for over 20 years and has demonstrated Floristry skills and techniques at eminent Floristry shows in the UK, Essen, Paris and Kansas. Gill received the prestigious City and Guilds silver medal (highest accolade) for her achievement in the Level 4 Floristry Business Procedures qualification in the UK. Over the years Gill has taught 1000s of Floristry students with many running successful businesses in London and the Home Counties.
Courses run in idyllic local settings which include character hotels and approved facilities in the Hertfordshire - London ⁄ Middlesex, Cheshunt, Goffs Oak and Waltham Abbey; dependent on anticipated course delegate numbers. Refreshments are provided.