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Tales from a Floral Workshop Adventure

Linda Smith, NAFAS Area Demonstrator and independent teacher, has just come back from our Fleur Creatif Workshop Adventure. She talked to us about working with test tubes and the lure of European floral design.

 

 

 

Singapore's Supetrees

In 2006, international landscape architecture consultancy Grant Associates was appointed to masterplan the first, and largest, of the three gardens at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. A fusion of nature and technology, the garden is home to two giant conservatories, spectacular horticultural gardens and, of course, the iconic Supertree Grove. We caught up with Founding Director Andrew Grant at the firm’s Bath office and find out more about these extraordinary structures.

Floralien Ghent 2020

The history of Floraliën Ghent stretches back over 200 years. The 2020 edition promises to be a 10 day floral festival for all the senses. General Manager Pieter Toebaert tells us more.

 

 

 

Herma de Ruiter

We caught up with quilter Herma de Ruiter ahead of next year’s Quilt Festival Noord Groningen to talk about workshops, windmills and the sheer joy of making

 

Glamour in Zagreb

The Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is one of the Croatian capital’s most famous and elegant buildings. First opened in April 1925, this 5* hotel has a fascinating - and rather glamorous -history.

 

Natural Singapore

The city of Singapore may be a global financial centre, but it is also filled with lush green spaces. Discover our top three

 

 

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Assistant gardener and horticultural student Shaun Ward has just come home from a trip to the Netherlands. He talked to us about planting schemes, production lines and miles and miles of tulips....

 

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Quiltmania's renowned showcase of all things patchworked, quilted, embroidered and knitted is an ECT favourite, and the 2019 tour was a treat from start to finish. Here's a flavour of the tour in pictures:

 

Recharging in Bali Blog

There's something special about Bali, a gentle spirituality and a barely perceptible shift in time that takes you back to a more tranquil time. No wonder then that we’ve chosen it as the location for our luxurious new wellness breaks.  

All Aboard the Himalayan Toy Train

Winding through 96km of breath taking landscape from India’s northern plains up to the hill town of Shimla, the Himalayan Toy Train is one of the world’s greatest train journeys.

Spring Quilting, A Tour Manager's View

Our tour manager Steve Hartnell led two of our recent Spring textile programmes and discovered that extraordinary quilts are just the beginning

Natural Asia

Our new Singapore Gardens and Malaysia tour gives you the chance to commune with nature in three of Asia’s greenest locations

 

Houstons Must Visit Museums

Houston’s Museum District is one of America’s cultural highlights. There are 19 different institutions to choose from, all of which are worth visiting, but here are our top three:  

The Countdown Begins

With less than a year to go, and registration about to open, preparations for WAFA India 2020 are entering their final phase. Michael Bowyer MBE and Tom Hodge travelled to India last week to meet the team and get a taste of our wonderful WAFA tour programme first hand. As he headed for the Diggi Palace, Michael sent back this report.

Jaipur Patterns

Our Textiles and Artisans of Northern India tour includes two days in the pattern-filled city of Jaipur and a full day print-design workshop with Renu Bhagwat. Here the architect, town planner, clothing brand founder and pattern book creator talks to us about her work, her city and her love of print and pattern

5 Minutes with Moniek Vanden Berghe

Belgian floral designer Moniek Vanden Berghe's spectacular natural floral displays have brought her international acclaim, while her workshops attract aspiring arrangers from all over the world. Ahead of her latest workshop with us, we asked her to tell us why she likes teaching, how she got started and to explain her love of weeds....

Meet Hilde van Schaardenburg

The Quiltfestival Noord Groningen will celebrate its sixth – and largest – edition in 2020. We talked to one of the exhibitors, textile artist and coach Hilde van Schaardenburg, about her work, nature and what makes this festival so special.

 

Block Printing in Bagru

This small village, 30km from Jaipur, has been associated with the art of block printing for 350 years

 

 

Dazzling Diamond Celebrations

Derek Armstrong is the Event Designer for NAFAS’ Diamond Anniversary celebrations. He took five minutes out of his very busy schedule to give us a taste of the festivities to come

 

Happy Birthday NAFAS

As NAFAS turns 60, we caught up with the current Chairman Jan Law, whose own relationship with NAFAS began in 1963, for a quick history lesson

 

Jana Sterbova blog

Contemporary quilt artist Jana Štěrbová is Managing Director of the Prague Patchwork Meeting, the international textile exhibition she helped to found in 2005. We caught up with her ahead of this year’s show.

 

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2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the European Patchwork Meeting.  Our tour guide – and keen quilter - Graham Parker explains why he’s a fan.

 

Annick Mertens' Floral Workshop Adventure

Annick Mertens is one of the inspirational Fleur Créatif designers we’ve teamed up with on our Autumn Workshop Adventure. We asked her to tell us how she got started and why workshops are so important to her practice.

A Christmas Market Adventure in Austria

Natacha recently travelled with us on our Austrian Christmas Markets tour – and has arrived home full of festive cheer. We caught up with her to ask why she went and what she loved.

 

New Treats for Curious Travellers Blog

You may have noticed some exciting new tour categories have arrived on our Home page...

 

Inspired by Constance

At 15, Susie Edwards received an invitation to travel to Australia with Constance Spry. We asked her to tell us how it came about and led her to spend a life in flowers

Five Minutes with Blue Mountain Daisy

Fresh back from the Houston International Quilt Festival, and ahead of Pour L'Amour du Fil, we caught up with Rachael 'Blue Mountain' Daisy to talk quilts, flowers her new book

 

Singapore Garden Festival

Established in 2006, the bi-annual Singapore Garden Festival has become one of the most important flower and garden festivals in the world. We asked Festival judge and editor of Fusion Flowers Alison Bradley why a visit here should be on every flower fan’s bucket list.

Fleuramour Alden Biesen

Fleuramour is one of Europe’s most prestigious floral events and has been a highlight of our tour programme for many years. We asked Fleur Créatif's UK Editorial Advisor Judith Blacklock to explain what makes this Belgian show so special.

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Floral artist Liz Bishop of Junglebloom accompanied our 2018 tour to the Singapore Garden Festival and Malaysia.We asked her to share her highlights.

 

Celebrating Constance

Florist and floral designer Mig Kimpton has spent over thirty years working in theatre and was behind the production of ‘Storm in a Flower Vase, an adaptation based on the life and times of Constance Spry. We caught up with him ahead of his talk about this florist’s extraordinary life to find out why she captured his imagination.

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Pat Cherrett has recently returned from a bespoke group tour to Ireland. We asked her to share her highlights.

 

 

5 minutes with astrid van den berg

Florist Astrid van den Berg has been running creative workshops as part of ECT's tours to the Netherlands for over a decade. We caught up with her to ask her how she got started and why she still loves teaching.

A Lesson in Floral Design

Our tour manager Ifor Griffith has just come back from a Beautifully British floral adventure in Lincolnshire with floral designer Jonathan Moseley. Here he tells us about taking part in his first floral workshop.

Flowers at Frans Hals Museum

Every Spring Haalem's Frans Hals Museum opens its galleries to leading floral designers - with spectacular results. We caught up with the Monique van Royen to find out more.

For the Love of Quilts

Graham Parker is not only one of our most experienced tour managers, he is a keen quilter too – an interest that gives his tours a unique flavour. We caught up with him in his garden (complete with quilt!) to ask how he got started and why he loves quilt travel.

impressions of jaipur WAFA

Our CEO Theresa McDermott travelled to India on a research trip ahead of our incredible programme celebrating WAFA 2020. She was entranced by the historic,vibrant culture, beautiful sites and gracious hospitality.

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Young Florist of the Year Kay Willis shares her impressions of her floral adventure in the Netherlands travelling with ECT; seeing live flower auctions, visiting Dutch flower growers and enjoying a floral workshop.

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What makes a good tour great? Tour organiser Simon Smith gives his top tips.

Rose Romance in Singapore

The Flower Dome at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay is the largest glass greenhouse in the world and this month it's full of roses. 

Magical Christmas markets in Alsace

Dotted with ancient, candy coloured towns that seem to have sprung straight from the pages of a children’s story, Alsace was made for Christmas. Small wonder then that this northeastern region of France is home to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Our 2019 Christmas Markets in Alsace programme takes you to five of them.

Yoga in Bali

Sarah Matthews has just returned from several weeks as a guest yoga teacher at the Spa Village Resort, Tembok.  We sat down with her to find out how she shares her love of yoga and why this tranquil 5* resort makes the perfect yoga space.