Flower arranging
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What is it?

  • The art of arranging flowers in vases, bouquets and other forms is a long established tradition, which is particularly well developed in the UK. 

  • It can involve the use of fresh, dried or artificial flowers and the end product may be small or large, formal or informal.  More formal arrangements may also include accessories other than flowers

  • Much flower arranging is done just for pleasure.  But there is an important role for flowers as part of public decorations, including in churches.  And arranging has developed widely as a social, competitive and professional activity.

Find out more


National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) 

www.nafas.org.uk/   0207 828 5145



Flora International 
The Flower Arranger 

Many general magazines for women and on house and garden contain sections on flower arranging.

Getting started

  • Find a local flower arranging group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of flower arranging.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • People of all ages, and both sexes, are involved with flower arranging.  It is something that is easy to take up, but many skills can also be learnt.

  • You can arrange flowers at home on your own, but many people enjoy the stimulus and company of a local flower arranging group.   

  • Flower arranging is often linked to special occasions and events, including religious services.

Equipment or clothing
  • Flowers and greenery of all kinds are used, depending on the type of arrangement. Garden flowers are often used, as well as blooms bought specially. 

  • Containers and other accessories can be specially bought or recycled from other uses.

A place or facilities
  • Much flower arranging is done in the kitchen table or other home surface. 

  • Local groups meet in halls, schools and other similar places.  

  • There is regular flower arranging in many churches.

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