Jacqui is a freelance Floral Designer and a National Demonstrator from Ashford in Kent. Her work is wide and varied and has included commissions for 'A Royal Wedding' and 'The Brit Awards''.
Jacqui enjoys competing and is the proud owner of two prestigious Chelsea Gold Medals. More recently she was awarded Gold for her Floral Window designs in the King's Rd, for Chelsea in Bloom 2014 and 2015.
Jacqui has been a National Demonstrator since 2012. She enjoys sharing her love of flowers with her enthusiastic audiences by including both her traditional designs using fabulous garden plant material;
with more contemporary designs, keeping abreast of current trends and sharing her techniques. Jacqui is also available for workshops where some of these techniques can be shown.
I have had a love of flowers since a youngster and have a longstanding interest in church flowers.
I am from Yorkshire and moved to Canterbury in 1990 to work at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital. I soon joined Canterbury Flower Club as a member and have been Chairman. I passed my Area Demonstrators' test in 1999.
Patricia passed her National Demonstrators' Test I July 2015, after being an Area Demonstrator since 2009. She passed her City & Guilds exam in 2004 and is a member of Ashford Flower Club.
She has travelled to Spain to show members overseas her love of fun and flowers. She also exhibits at shows on all levels and has won 'most innovative design' many times.
I have lived in Kent all my life but passing my Area Demonstrator's Test two years ago has given me the opportunity to visit so much of our beautiful county. I love going along to clubs
and meeting you all through our love of things floral.
Jenny Nye's passion for working with flowers and foliage led to a three year City and Guilds' course in Flower Arranging; flower club membership and involvement with NAFAS.
A floristry course followed soon after. Then after training she was delighted to become an Area Demonstrator and share her passion with flower club members around Kent, Sussex and Surrey
and sometimes further afield.
I have been Demonstrator now for 2 years after qualifying in 2013. I have visited many clubs in Kent some in Sussex, and in the London and Overseas Area. I have been invited back to
some clubs so I am on my next series of Demonstrations. The first was 'Facets of My Life' and the second is 'Life in France'.
Sue is an Area Judge, Area Demonstrator and a National Speaker.
She qualified as a Demonstrator in the North Midlands Area of NAFAS in 2004.
Sue enjoys visiting clubs all over the South East to share her passion for flowers and colour.
I joined North Tonbridge Flower Arrangers as I thought it would be a relaxing hobby. I soon joined the committee, became a member of Vanguard Contemporary Design Group and became a keen competitor.
I guess I was just bitten by the bug. I have made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun and wanting to share my passion, I decided to try the Area demonstrator's test. So much for relaxation!
I love demonstrating and entertaining the audience. I look forward to meeting many of you in the future.
Current titles: Listening in Colour, Tutti Frutti, The Magic Word is 'Herbidaceous', Sisters and Have You Ever Stopped to Wonder (Christmas)
I qualified as an Area Demonstrator in July 2013. I enjoy using foliage from the garden and seasonal flowers, where possible, in my designs. I am and active member of Paddock Wood Flower
Club and also belong to Wateringbury Flower Club and Vanguard Contemporary Design Group
I have a passion for all things floral, having worked as a freelance florist for many years, in 1997 I converted this passion into a GNVQ in floristry, followed by a Diploma in NAFAS Floral Art and Design.
I have since passed the Area demonstrators test in May 2016, I am now delighted to be sharing my passion with members across the county.
Award winning and experienced demonstrator Mig Kimpton is available to travel to provide demonstrations in any part of this country or abroad.
A demonstration afternoon or evening is a show full of practical help on design and the care of flowers as well as a
wealth of theatrical stories and anecdotes. You provide a venue with a stage (big or small) and audiences can range
from 50 to 500 or more. The designs that Mig prepares on stage are then raffled and the winners take home the completed designs.
Mig has won many awards, including eleven prestigious medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Moving away from theatre in 2014
and now having moved to Kent, he is now concentrating on his floral career. He is also currently the Show Manager for the Festive
Flower & Food Show in Blackpool in 2017 presented by the NAFAS and Horticultural Adviser and Show Manager for Aztec Events Garden
Shows. Mig has now opened a Flower School in Kent.
Liz joined NAFAS in 1986 when her son was still an infant and she was taking a break from teaching. After she retired
from teaching she qualified as an Area speaker in the Surrey Area of NAFAS in 2013. In her talk "The joy of discovery:
Rhododendrons and Seashores" she tells of her enthusiasm for collecting and learning more about the items. Liz
illustrates her talk with a range of hand crafted visual aids, proving that there is a use for even the most unlikely
object. Where is all this treasure stored you might ask? That is part of the story!
Liz also has a passion for Dragons and a new talk will be available in early 2016.
Sue found her voice through flowers when she accidentally agreed to be chairman of
Headcorn Flower Arrangers. It has taken her on a wonderful journey which she is
very thankful for. She qualified as an Area Speaker in the Wessex and Jersey Area
of NAFAS in 2010 and then went on to pass her National test in York in 2012.
In 2015 and 2017, she was a finalist in the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC),
National Speech Competition. In 2017 she was part of the successful Kent team
that won the ASC's National Team Speaking Competition.
Apart from giving presentations Sue is committed to helping others to achieve speaking confidence through training and mentoring.
Her talks, illustrated with visual aids are 'The Road to Chelsea' about the RHS
Spring Show, 'Jungle Tails' about two contrasting trips to India, and 'An
Adventure in Peru'. Her other talks are, 'Finding my Voice through Flowers' a
motivational tale of her journey from quivering wreck to national speech finalist and
'Both Sides of the Bench' – sharing tips and anecdotes both as a competitor and
floral judge. These are also suitable for after dinner talks or she can tailor a talk for
I have been teaching privately and for Kent Adult Education for 24 years. I keep up to date with the latest trends but
never lose the 'old fashioned grounding' I learnt many years ago. I totally enjoy teaching and my main aim in my lessons is
to keep it light-hearted along with learning.
Following a successful completion of a 3 year part-time City & Guilds 7841 Flower Arranging course and subsequent
floristry courses Jenny Nye progressed into teaching in Adult Education and with continuing personal development – becoming
an Area Judge. Over the years she has taught Leisure City & Guilds Floristry courses at the adult Education Centre in
Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Maidstone as well as taking workshops for flower clubs.
I have been a keen competitor and flower arranger for over 40 years, passing the Area Demonstrators' Test in 1993
and the Judges Test in 2005. I am no longer demonstrating but still enjoy all aspects of flower arranging.
Jenny Nye has been an Area Judge since 1997 following a completion of a 3 year City & Guilds course in Flower
Arranging and subsequent Floristry course. Over the years she has greatly enjoyed the many competitions she has been
invited to judge and gained a wealth of experience in this area.
Sue is an Area Judge, Area Demonstrator and a National Speaker. She qualified as a judge in the Sussex Area of NAFAS in
2013. Sue considers it a real privilege to be asked to judge a NAFAS competition. You, the judge's steward and a whole
roomful of wonderful flowers. What a treat!
After several years competing, I decided to train to be a judge to extend my own knowledge and performance but more
importantly to give back to our wonderful organisation. Competing pushes the exhibitor to excel and on occasion to push
the boundaries and judging certainly keeps you on your toes!
I have been flower arranging for over forty years and decided to take the City & Guilds in Flower Arranging when I
retired. I then went on to take a Teaching Certificate in Floral Art and qualified as a Kent Area Judge in May 2017.
I enjoy all aspects of flower arranging and particularly meeting members of the Kent Area in their own clubs.