If you would like to find out more about the bespoke displays available from Dragonfly Floral Designs please contact Lucy.
As a floral designer my focus is on occasion pieces such as large items of table decor for celebratory events or tribute arrangements in memory of friends and relatives. I also undertake the rearrangement of flowers after a funeral to allow others to benefit from their beauty, constructing wholly new designs in new formats so that families can know the flowers will be enjoyed by others also. The Gallery page has examples from the range of my work.
Every design is unique and carefully planned to ensure that the design reflects the individual involved and the purpose and nature of the occasion.
Plant material is only purchased as and when required to ensure that the flowers are as fresh as possible. My supplier, who is based in Liverpool, receives deliveries from the flower market at Aalsmeer in Holland six days a week.
To develop my expertise I have completed courses in "Skills," "Techniques" and "Occasions" from the framework of qualifications in Floral Design with the former Welsh College of Horticulture at Deeside College and I have completed the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Floral Design at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire.
I also ensure I keep up to date with a range of design ideas by attending residential events organised by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies and the Women’s Institute and by attending a weekly class run by a master florist locally. I believe it is important to experiment with a variety of styles, keep up to date with developments in design thinking and gain fresh inspiration for my own work.
Since 2012 I have been creating floral arrangements at Neston Parish Church and from 2014 I have been co-ordinating the church’s team of 10 arrangers. This has involved larger scale designs and multiple arrangements by the team as a whole for the major points in the church’s year including Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance Sunday. Details of the largest installation I have so far designed can be found here.
Planning has been crucial in working with the team in this way and this has also involved doing demonstrations. Previous experience of part-time teaching in another field and the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector have proved helpful with this. I have also enjoyed working as a flower arranger at a local hospice once a fortnight for three years where I worked to refresh existing arrangements and created new arrangements using donated flowers.
I enjoy the challenge of working with a variety of flowers and other natural materials to design, and bring to fruition, a distinctive, tangible expression of nature unique to that specific and individual occasion.