The Flower School
The Flower School is a professional, registered training school based in Brisbane since 2004. We offer Certificates II, III & IV in Floristry, as well as an exciting range of Courses, Workshops & Masterclasses for the floral enthusiast, including Introduction to Floristry, Event Styling, and Professional Wedding.
We also schedule several fun, seasonal, and specialised workshops and masterclasses throughout the year. We deliver high quality, personalised training with tutor-led demonstrations followed by hands-on student participation. You will master traditional and contemporary techniques under the guidance of our qualified trainers.
Our courses are composed of small-group training in a modern, floral industry atmosphere. We ensure your understanding with all aspects of the trade, whether for business or pleasure.
The Wonderful Team
The Flower school
Amanda MeadsManaging Director
``I love flowers, but even more, I love watching our students grow throughout the course and over the years to achieve their goals and dreams. It is very rewarding” Amanda Meads credits much of her success and high standards to the perfectionist training she received under a Dutch flower master in New Zealand. During her 40-year career, Amanda has designed and created elaborate floral installations, opened and operated retail shops and floristry schools in London and New Zealand. She has participated in styling high profile events in London, the UK, Europe, and New York. Amanda has been teaching and tutoring for over 30 years where she first set up The Flower School in London in the 90s, moved it to New Zealand 10 years later and now has established The Flower School in Brisbane since 2004.
Kate JohnstonFlorist Tutor/Trainer
With 11 years worth of industry experience, Kate has worked with a number of preeminent florists in Australia and the UK. Kate brings a wealth of knowledge to her role and has a keen eye for cutting edge trends in floristry that she has obtained in her diverse career working at the forefront in wholesale floristry, retail floristry, weddings, and events. In addition, Kate has worked and tutored students in the UK. Kate is passionate about floristry, nature, and business, and is committed to her craft and strives to inspire her students to achieve the very best they can and to nurture the first steps that they take in their career.
Stephanii deMadisonOffice Supervisor and Enrolment Officer
Steff is your first point of contact at The Flower School, and will always welcome you in a positive and friendly manner. She is experienced and capable with a fun loving and outgoing personality. She remains positive in a fast-paced moving environment and has the ability to be perceptive to the needs of individuals. All aspects are managed in a timely and efficient manner, and of a high standard.
Kaitlin ShieldsStudent Support and Administration Officer
Kaitlin brings her student support experience to the school from working across many different areas of education. Kaitlin provides our students with support across all areas of administration, has a sharp mind and is always available to assist you with any support you need.
Gina GoodwinFlorist Tutor/Trainer
Gina has over 20 years experience in the retail arena. An asset to the floristry industry, with her high degree of retail knowledge and ability to work in a dynamic fast paced environment with competing demands. She has a passion for working with flowers, striving to achieve exceptional results, excellent customer relations with exceptional level of ethical and moral integrity.
Hayley MeadsFlorist/Tutor Support
Hayley is our newest and youngest member, a newly trained Florist willing to assist anyone she can. She has been surrounded by flowers all her life and is excited about her new role.
Click Here to See Our History
2018 – Now
- The Flower School strives to ‘Inspire and Create Florists of the Future’
- 2018 Brisbane City Council’s BotanicaThe Flower School holds public flower crown demonstrations and workshops.
The Flower School designs a Melbourne Cup archway for Moet & Chandon in Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast.
- The Flower School becomes a RTO (Registered Training Organisation) offering Accredited Certificate courses in floristry.
- The Flower School becomes part of Brisbane’s EKKA show, demonstrating floral designs, running competitions, judging and exhibiting.
The Flower Crown workshop at the Ekka drew in crowds of all ages: over 500 crowns a day were constructed!
Amanda relocates The Flower School to Brisbane, Australia.
Amanda returns to New Zealand where she establishes a Central Auckland Flower Shop and The Flower School.
- Amanda is part of the team decorating the floral displays for Princess Diana’s 30th birthday party.
- Amanda works on floral designs and displays for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s wedding.
- Amanda assists Kenneth Turner in establishing his brand in Bergdorf Goodman Department Store, New York.
- Amanda founds The Flower School of Kensington, and begins her teaching career
- 1987 Queen Elizabeth and HRH Duke of Edinburgh 40 Ruby Wedding Anniversary
Amanda joins the team of florists creating the rich red-themed floral displays for the Royal couple’s Ruby anniversary at Claridges Hotel, London.
Countdown with one hour to finalize the floral extravaganza before the red carpet was rolled out. Panic ensued when the team discovered their van had been wheel clamped around the corner and the Royal guests were on their way!
- 1987 BERGDORF GOODMAN New York
Kenneth Turner puts Amanda on his team that flies to New York to design the world-famous Christmas Window Display for Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue.
It is a tradition that the Christmas Windows appear like magic so the team worked overnight in -12 º weather.
- 1983 Harrods London Amanda works for florist-to-the-stars, Kenneth Turner, to create window display for Harrods in London.
- Amanda settles in London and works with leading florists at major social events in London and the Continent.Amanda contributes to floral designs for Elton John, Princess Di and Sarah Ferguson. It was reasonable to spend 50,000£ on flowers for a great party in the cashed-up 1980s!
Amanda explores the overseas floral world on a working holiday to the USA, UK, Europe and Asia, finishing her trip by moving to Perth managing a Flower Shop for a year and half.
Amanda starts her career in Florsitry under the strict supervision of a Dutch floral master in New Zealand
For further enrolment information or assistance please call
our friendly office team on 07 3868 2939.
We look forward to helping you start your Floristry career.