Inspiring Tours for Floristry Students
We have been working in the floral travel trade for two decades and in this time have developed unique relationships with suppliers, growers, institutions and hotels. We are able to use these contacts to create fascinating - and flexible - tour programmes that will enhance your students' experience.
We recommend that colleges start to plan their spring tours a year in advance so that we can create programmes and prepare brochures ready for the September intake.
The annual Keukenhof festival of seven million spring-flowering bulbs is one of the world’s most spectacular floral events. Students will be able to explore over 80 acres of parkland planted with extraordinary displays of anemones, daffodils, freesias, hyacinths and 800 different types of tulips and also visit exhibition pavilions showcasing exciting new varieties and innovative examples of floral artistry. (Please note, Keukenhof is open seasonally. The dates for 2018 are Thursday 22nd March – Monday 21st May.)
Auctions are a key part of the floriculture business and with 20 million flowers moving through its halls every day, FloraHolland is the largest in the world. We can offer students the opportunity to visit this famous auction and experience the buzz and excitement of the international flower trade first hand. (We recommend visiting on a Monday morning when the auction is at its bustling best.)
Leading floral accessories wholesaler Dillewijn Zwapak (formally known as Basics & Trends), is THE place to discover the latest trends in floral artistry. Visiting students will have the opportunity to buy a wide range of floristry products, many of which are so new they haven’t yet reached the UK market.
FleuraMetz is one of the world's leading suppliers of plants, flowers and floral sundries, trading with florists across Europe and North America. Students on this tour have the chance to visit the Aalsmeer HQ where they will witness the complex process of packing and sorting thousands of floral orders in action.
VISITS TO FLOWER GROWERS
We have unique access to a wide network of specialist flower growers and can arrange private visits to farms and nurseries including Meijer Roses, growers of the amazing Avalanche Roses; orchid experts Anco Pure Vanda, home of the beautiful Vanda orchids and specialist Lisianthus nursery, Montana Lisianthus. These fascinating trips allow students to see first-hand how some of the flowers they will encounter and use in floral displays are actually grown.
FLORAL WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
We have been bringing floristry students to meet celebrated florist Astrid Van den Berg at the renowned Van den Berg Greenhouses for over a decade and her workshops and demonstrations never fail to inspire.
Each spring the streets of Girona fill with colour and scent as the city hosts its annual flower festival, Girona Temps de Flors. Displayed right across the city's historic centre and medieval Jewish quarter, the hundred or so exquisite floral creations will be an invaluable source of inspiration for floristry students.
This three night trip includes a unique two hour overview walking tour of the event with a local guide.