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Fun, flowers and raising awareness: GFG at Leeds Castle!

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Good Florist Guide was represented in force at Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers last week.

After a whirlwind week of boundless floral fun at Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers, team Good Florist Guide are now back to business running some of the very best flower shops around the country. Together, they created a spectacular large-scale installation in the castle courtyard complete with a huge iron horse and a floral waterfall topper, as well as a magnificent moon-gate with cascading blooms to welcome visitors by the main castle lawn and four very special window displays that took pride of place along a main castle corridor and were themed around four famous women.

 

11 good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry florist Photo: Thomas Alexander   |   Courtyard design by lead designer Morgan Nuth, Old Oak Floral Designers

 

Thousands of visitors flocked to the famous castle throughout the week, so once their designs were complete and the gates were opened, team GFG welcomed the public on a floral jewellery stand where they showcased their talents in action by making intricate floral fascinators, headdresses, corsages, necklaces, rings and more. They even took to the stage in the Festival Marquee where members of the team compered and demonstrated design-work.

 

17 good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry florist Moon gate on the lawn by lead designer Karen Broxholme, Bluebells Lincoln

 

Good Florist Guide membership is open to every florist in the UK; large or small, shop or studio, cutting edge or traditional. With founder Caroline Marshall-Foster at the helm, GFG played a big role in the recent Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers, as a way to showcase just how skilled and creative its members can be.

 

3. good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry floristMorgan Nuth and Keri Walker on stage in the festival marquee

 

Commenting on the decision to take part, Caroline said: “Having been involved last year I knew Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers was a fabulous event; totally independent and open to all florists to be part of.

"It’s the same with Good Florist Guide – totally independent and open to all florists - so it made sense that our first ‘public’ outing would be somewhere that shared our goals and aspirations; to showcase beautiful floristry in a friendly, informative and totally professional way.

"Moving forward our plan is to work on other events; some big, some small but always with the ethos that everyone in the GFG family can get involved whether they’ve done events before or not. GFG is not about who you know but what you know and within the GFG community - we’re nudging 200 businesses now - there is a mass of untapped talent and knowledge just waiting to be shared. My job is to find ways that can make everyone shine, share and connect both in person and remotely."

 

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Staunch GFG supporter Morgan Nuth, owner of Old Oak Floral Designers in Ascot and London, led the design team which was made up of eight fantastic florists who all volunteered to take part because they wanted to promote and strengthen the GFG brand while enjoying what was an amazing week of fun floral creativity. Enormous thanks go to the whole team; Morgan Nuth and Amanda Elliott from Old Oak Floral Designers, Karen Broxholme of Bluebells Lincoln, Keri Walker from Keri The Florist, Karen Lindsay from Flowers by Karen Kilmarnock, Laura Thompson from Pinks Florist Hazlemere, Nicola Roberts from Beau-k, and Karen Massey from Fleurtatious - who travelled all the way from Dublin to get involved.

 

20 good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry florist Karen Lindsay from Flowers by Karen Kilmarnock, Amanda Elliott from Old Oak Floral Designers Ascot, Karen Broxholme of Bluebells Lincoln, Keri Walker from Keri the Florist, Morgan Nuth from Old Oak Floral Designers, Karen Massey from Fleurtatious

 

Good Florist Guide is all about inclusivity and shining a light on the wonderful diversity of Britain’s great florists. Caroline and her team hope to continue growing the organisation and raising brand awareness through taking part in special events like this of all kinds, providing all member florists with exciting new opportunities and a chance to get involved.

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10 good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry florist Keri Walker, Morgan Nuth and Karen Broxholme

 

Huge thanks go to those companies committed to boosting good floristry and raising industry standards by supporting Good Florist Guide; top quality flowers for the event were sponsored by Fleurametz, while a fantastic range of sundries and accessories were sponsored by OASIS® Floral Products and Corsage Creations.

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5. good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry floristWindows: inspired by Malala Yousafzai designed by Keri Walker, inspired by Audrey Hepburn designed by Karen Lindsey

6. good florist guide leeds castle festival of flowers floristry floristWindows: inspired by Mary Berry designed by Nicola Robers, inspired by Beyonce designed by Laura Thompson

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