As featured in The Flower Arranger, Autumn 2015


"Feeling Crafty" NAFAS Demonstration at Uxbridge and Ickenham Floral Art Club on Thursday, 14th May, 2014



Training & Demonstrations - BMF Edinburgh Demo & Chrysanthemum "Sheik", 10 November 2012

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British Master Florists in Edinburgh  


Neil Bain MDPF and Catherine Carter MDPF entertained an audience at St Stephen's Centre, Edinburgh with a Christmas floral demonstration on Saturday, 10th November. The innovative designs incorporated flowers, foliages and sundries in traditional and contemporary floral displays.

A range of techniques were shared with those who attended such as clustering, grouping, pinning, sheltering, wiring (functional and decorative) and wrapping.

Amongst the many types of flowers used were fabulous Chrysanthemums, spray and single blooms sourced from Deliflor, a Dutch grower who produce flowers of outstanding quality.

British Master Florists - Floristry Demonstration in November 2012

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Neil Bain MDPF and Catherine Carter MDPF will be demonstrating a magnificent range of Christmas floral designs in Edinburgh on Saturday, 10th November, 2012. The event is being hosted by Hospices of Hope and will also feature a production by Arran Aromatics, Scotland (www.arranaromatics.com). 

For further information about the event and tickets please contact: 

Anne Cragoe, Hospices of Hope, Scottish Co-ordinator, 6 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JZ, 0131-225 5339.

Training & Demonstrations - Wired Wreath step by step, 9 August 2012

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"What is the connection with the London 2012, Lowry and Hadlow College?"

Neil is designing and creating a wired wreath, the finished design is to be used by a client as a piece of wall art. Neil is also planning to construct similar structures for inclusion in Christmas floristry demonstrations; the first at Hadlow College on Tuesday, 20th November, 2012.

"I have decided to base this on a polychromatic colour harmony, using aluminium wires in violet, red, orange, yellow, green and blue to construct the frame.

Training & Demonstrations - Heart-shaped Tribute in a medium, 9 August 2012

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Cut the length of cellophane into five strips. Scrunch up each strip, use double sided tape, cold glue or glue dots to fix them to the underside edge of the heart frame.


Soak the floral foam and chamfer the edges; this will provide a greater surface area for materials being used. Cut the foliage into short lengths (approximately 8-10cm), place the foliages in clusters (keeping each foliage separate) repeating the clusters throughout the design as necessary.

Training & Demonstrations - Tying & Knotting, 7 August 2012


Neil shares his ideas about incorporating the techniques of Tying/Knotting into designs, these sketches show how.

Training & Demonstrations - Products to produce a wired shower bouquet, 3 August 2012



Neil uses these products to produce a wired shower bouquet.

Funeral Tribute for a Man, 16 July 2012

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British Master Florist Neil Bain MDPF recently created this sympathy design for a client, the brief was to design and make an unique tribute that was suitable for a man; strong and bold using natural readily available materials. The heart-shaped design was constructed with mixed foliages Laurus nobilis, Hedera helix sp., Euonymous fortunei sp., Salvia officinalis sp. and Camellia japonica 'Rendezvous' along with Alchemilla Mollis, Chrysanthemum Anastasia 'Dark Green' and Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. To add a designer touch sisal was baled with bullion wire and attached along one side of the tribute to give it an asymmetrical outline.

Latest Practical Workshops/Training Sessions (updated 29 May 2012)

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11 June 2012 Practical Workshop/Training Session for Florists/Flower Arrangers/Floral Designers

Neil is to commence delivering a series of workshops to introduce the terminology, techniques and skills that are used within floristry, floral design and flower arranging for all levels.

These practical workshops will run once a month (the second Monday of each month, from 10am-1pm) in Lower Kingswood, Surrey.

Practical Workshops/Training Sessions for Florists/Flower Arrangers/Floral Designers (posted 23 May 2012)

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Neil is to commence delivering a series of workshops to introduce the terminology, techniques and skills that are used within floristry, floral design and flower arranging for all levels of ability.

Events - NAFAS Area Demonstrator! 19 April 2012

The results are in...'Neil Bain is now a NAFAS Area Demonstrator'.

Events - NAFAS Area Demonstrators Test, 16 April 2012

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London and Overseas Area of NAFAS hosted the Area Demonstrators Test today (Monday 16th April), I was priviliged to be one of the candidates who was given tthe opportunity to take the test.

After a day of anticipation, anxiety and nerves, I now have to wait patiently for the results and to receive feedback; as a tutor, assessor and verifier, I find myself in the same place as many of the candidates that I teach and train.

Horticulture - Winter, (January 2012)

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Even in the middle of winter, there are many qualities and attributes of gardens that can be enjoyed at this time of the year; in order to gain optimum satisfaction of the garden it is important that it is kept neat and tidy by removing dead and damaged parts of plants and disposing of all waste appropriately.

Training & Demonstrations - Floral Design, 9 April 2012

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Floral Design

Throughout my career in floristry, I have been inspired by many influences, some of these have been determinate and some accidental. A continuous source of inspiration is always available from the many publications that Stichting Kunstboek produce which showcase the work of a wide range of international designers, many known names, and new talents.

Whilst studying, practising and teaching floristry I have explored the principles, knowledge and theory covered within the subject, and developed my own abilities and understanding of the subject.

NAFAS Surrey Area Show 'BOXCLEVER' - UPDATE, 1 April 2012

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At the preview evening (Friday, 30th March) for NAFAS Surrey Area Show 'BOXCLEVER' the results for prizes and awards were announced and presented to competitors.

Despite the planning and hard work that was put in to making and staging our exhibit, Sue Tausig and myself did not get any prizes or awards for our entry, however, the judges did give constructive feedback about our design and its construction; there were also positive comments about how our design would make people smile whilst they viewed it.

NAFAS Surrey Area Show 'BOXCLEVER', 29 March 2012

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Towards the end of 2011 at Coulsdon Flower Club, Sue Tausig and myself decided that it was time to get more involved in joint activities in the world of floristry and flower arranging, so we decided that we would enter NAFAS Surrey Area Show 'BOXCLEVER' in March 2012.

Several meetings and planning sessions later we had our design; a box that contained a balloon bouquet.

Training & Demonstrations - More Inspirations, 13 March 2012

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Inspirations 


Following my recent visit to the Hockney exhibition at The Royal Academy, I find myself looking at the elements and principles of design in more depth, paying more and more attention to their meaning and their practical application, for example, I find that I am paying more attention to the use of colour and how their use and juxtaposition forms and represents an emotion. This amongst other thoughts has encouraged me to read more and revisit the works of many inspirational designers. 

Some articles stir thoughts and raise questions whilst others are motivational and enthuse creativity.

Training & Demonstrations, Floristry Demonstration - 15th March 2012

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Neil Bain MDPF demonstrates 'Feeling Crafty' at Ruislip Manor Library and Resource Centre

London Borough of Hillingdon Adult & Community Learning hosted a floristry demonstration by Neil Bain MDPF on the evening of Thursday 15th March. This spectacular show inspired and enthused florists and flower arrangers of all levels from beginners to advanced designers, all skill levels were shown ideas and techniques that they could practice and use within floral design.

Training & Demonstrations - Inspiration from David Hockney, 4 March 2012

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Inspiration from David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/hockney

I attended this exhibition and was blown away by the images that Hockney has created, it is interesting to look at Hockneys use of the elements of design within these works of art; colour, form, space and texture.

Training & Demonstrations - Wiring & Gluing, 8 February 2012

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I am currently teaching wired and glued designs to floristry students who are keen to progress within the floristry profession. As many of the students are new to floristry, I am teaching them the basics and explaining the techniques and principles to them.

Whilst carrying out practical exercises the students are able to make up the designs using ways that are demonstrated, it is following practical demonstrations and workshop sessions that we critique and discuss the designs in more detail an depth often exploring terminology and its application.

Cannington Horticultural Group - Sunday, 4th December, 2011



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Today Neil Bain MDPF treated members to a virtual tour of his home at Christmas time, and shared with them his inspiration for his Christmas floral decorations and displays along with details of how to create them.

Hanging on the front door was a contemporary icy-looking wreath decorated with strip of Betula utilis and individual heads of Cymbidium. A modern door decoration which evoked the cold weather that is normally acquainted with the Christmas season decorated with papery bark and waxy flowers.

British Master Florists at Hadlow, Saturday, 30th July, 2011 - UPDATED


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UPDATE - Florist & Wholesale Buyer added a page on this event to their Gallery.  

Please click though to http://www.fandwb.com/bmf-hadlow.html for lots of extra pictures!

Professional Florist and the American Institute of Floral Designers also added articles about British Master Florists' events - see the Links section for details.

The outstanding land-based college, Hadlow College, Kent hosted a spectacular floral demonstration by the British Master Florists. Each of these British Master Florists exudes passion and enthusiasm for floristry and working with nature which is evident in what they do and their discussions throughout their performance.