I was born in Holland & moved to north Gloucestershire at the age of 8. On completing my studies, my love of flowers drew me back to Holland to study floral design. After four years of study, I achieved the elite status of Dutch ‘Master Florist’ – the highest qualification in Floral Design in Europe.
My wonder-lust then took me to Japan (Kyoto & Tokyo) for 5 years – teaching European floral design. From there I continued teaching and demonstrating in Taiwan & Hong Kong and gradually wound my way back to England.
I loved these new experiences and back in the UK, I broadened my horizons working as Head of Floral Design at Myerscough College in Lancashire, as School Principal at Paula Pryke Flowers in London and then running my own flower boutique ‘Bloom2’ in Kingsclere, Berkshire. During this time I continued doing some work in Asia and doing floral presentations at national shows and events such as Hampton Court Flower Show, The National Flower Arranging Show, Spring Florist Event and the Hong Kong Flower Show.
In 2007, I competed for the first time at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show and was delighted at winning not just the Gold medal, but also ‘Best in Show’. My work also gained a ‘First’ as well as 2 show prizes (‘Most Innovative Exhibit’ and the ‘Creativity Award’) at the World Flower Show in Glasgow.
In 2015 I was invited to be the Artistic Director for the Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival ‘Cascades’. This was a mammoth task that resulted in 58 awe-inspiring large-scale exhibits throughout this glorious cathedral, which I created with the help of over 300 fabulous ladies from The Wessex & Jersey Area of NAFAS. (see Fusion Flowers article in the menu bar). I also won ‘Best in Show’ at the National Flower Arranging Show, resulting in my representing the UK in competing at the World Flower Show this year (2017) in Barbados.
For the last seven years, I have concentrated my expertise in two main areas; creating gorgeous weddings and teaching contemporary floral design in my ‘Flower Workshops’. Weddings allow my passion for and expertise in flowers to shine on the biggest day in peoples’ lives! Teaching is my enduring passion; sharing the joy of working with flowers and helping people discover and develop their creativity is pure satisfaction!
I have now added NEW Designer Workshops for those who want to further develop their floral design skills.
If you are interested in a chat regarding wedding or party flowers, or would like further information regarding the Floral Design Workshops, please contact Hans on 01684 274 371 or 07818 040 312.