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Gill McGregor - Floristry and Flower Arranging

Courses and Workshops for Floristry, Flower Arranging, Professional and Traditional Crafts

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CREDENTIALS: Commercial Floristry    Flower Arranging    Balloon Artistry

Balloon Artistry Credentials

When the craft of Balloon Artistry first came to the UK, Gill and her husband were in the first tranche of delegates to sit an international industry Balloon Artistry qualification achieving CBA status. This quickly resulted in Gill being invited to teach and demonstrate Balloon Artistry designs and techniques and to teach the Elements and Principles of design at Balloon Shows and Events all around the world.

Gill’s determination to provide the UK with Balloon Artistry training opportunities resulted in Gill liaising with City and Guilds and developed and wrote the first and now current suite of C&G Balloon Artistry qualifications Levels 1-3. In recognition of her qualification developmental work Gill received the Diamond Award by the UK Balloon Artistry Industry.

As a regular teacher/ demonstrator at the International Balloon Arts convention (IBAC) held in the USA Gill was asked to design décor and develop techniques for a range of magazine articles for 'Images'; the Qualatex Balloon Art magazine. Gill also co wrote a book, 'Design Basics with Balloons', specialising in the Elements and Principles of design, with the American Florist Gary Wells AIFD.

In 2002 Gill was recognised for her outstanding contribution for the development and introduction of professional training and certification by the International Balloon Industry and received the Crystal Award for her outstanding involvement in the Balloon Industry. Gill is the only British person ever to receive this accolade.

Gill competed at many balloon art shows and won many awards and competitions and received the prestigious award of European Designer of the Year in Prague.

Over the years Gill has developed a host of techniques and designs for Balloon Table décor, Event Balloon décor and Balloon gift designs which she has taught in New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, USA and most European Countries. Passionate about teaching, Gill is keen to offer quality Balloon Artistry training to ensure all students achieve the necessary skills for a thriving balloon décor business.

Booklet 1,     Booklet 2,      50 Techniques,     Wire Manipulation,     Festive Winter,    Living Vases, Screens & Structures,  NEW - How to Apply the Elements and Principles of Floral Design - 'My little Black Book'

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Flower Arranging Books '50 Techniques Used in Contemporary Floral Designs'

Seventy different floral designs of distinction were created and photographed to visually illustrate the “50 Techniques used in Contemporary Floral Design”.

With Gill's expertise in floral design she explored the definitions used by both NAFAS and the florist industry and used her floral design expertise to create designs that depict Gill's interpretation. 

A flower arranging and floristry book written for experienced flower arrangers and florists and as a learning resource for students studying Contemporary floral design.

By simply 'thumbing' through the pages you can look through the 70 different designs created for the book to perhaps become inspired to use a technique in your next design that gives it even more distinction.

Otherwise step through the alphabetical ordering of the book and thereby use it as a visual reference to identify what a technique looks like when used in a design.


This book also includes photographic ideas of structures and containers which can be self made some of which are featured in Gill’s previously written “Contemporary Floral Design Ideas and Techniques” Booklets: six are from Booklet-2 and one is featured in Booklet-1. The Booklets provide colour photography of the completed design and a written description as to how it can be made.

For the self made containers a collection of photographs are provided to further show the construction methods and are again supported by a comprehensive written description as to how they can be made.

As an experienced Flower Arranging Teacher, Floristry Teacher and Flower Arranging Demonstrator Gill McGregor has specialised in Contemporary Floral Design and knows how important it is to include Contemporary techniques within floral designs to create Floral Designs with distinction.

(UK and NI - other countries vary - see below for details).

"50 Techniques Used in Contemporary Floral Designs".
ISBN 978-0-9929332-0-3. Full colour photography and supporting text, A5 portrait, 56 pages including covers.

Flower Arranging Credentials

Gill is a fully qualified teacher of Floral Design and a National NAFAS Teacher.

Gill has performed over a 1000 Floral Art demonstrations to 10s of 1000s of audiences both in the UK and around the world.

As an author Gill has written and had published 7 Flower arranging books each with a different focus to develop Flower arranging skills for beginners to advanced floral art designers.

A Flower arranger since the age of 11, Gill was on the adult flower arrangers, competitor’s circuit at the age of 14; winning a host of different competitions and awards.

At 16, Gill performed her very first Floral Art demonstration and so loved the stage Gill became a qualified Flower Arranging demonstrator to enable Gill to entertain and teach how to create Floral designs before your eyes during her performances.

At the age of 22 Gill became a fully qualified Flower Arranging teacher and taught at FE colleges, symposiums and training events.

Gill teaches all aspects of floral design from Traditional Flower Arranging to Contemporary Floral Art and craft classes and workshops.

For many years Gill was a Floral Art scheme adviser for City and Guilds and wrote the current suite of C&G Levels 1-3 Flower Arranging qualifications.

Flower Arranging has always been Gill’s passion and continually strives to design and develop new Floral Art Techniques and Designs for the Floral Art World.


Floristry Credentials

Gill McGregor NDSF is a fully qualified florist holding the Society of Floristry NDSF Diploma, equivalent to the current Level 5 C&G Floristry qualification.

Gill is also a fully qualified Further Education (FE) teacher and the holder of the Certificate of Education.

Gill's expertise for developing courses has been achieved through her vast experiences from; management in thriving retail floristry businesses in London for 12 years, owning a successful wedding and event decoration company, to heading up the largest Floristry and Flower Arranging Department in a horticultural college whilst successfully achieving a grade One from OFSTED  for 3 consecutive inspections.

Gill’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching and curriculum development resulted in Gill becoming heavily involved in the promotion of the Florist industry and participated in the writing of City and Guilds Floristry qualifications.

Gill has demonstrated Floristry skills and techniques at eminent Floristry shows in the UK, Essen, Paris and Kansas.

Gill received the prestigious City and Guilds silver medal (highest accolade) for her achievement in the Level 4 Floristry Business Procedures qualification in the UK.

Over the years Gill has taught 100s of Floristry students with many running successful businesses in London and the Home Counties.


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  • My little Black Book - How to Apply the Elements and Principles of Floral Design - How to..  Flower Arranging - by Gill McGregor
  • How to.. Make Living Vases, Screens and Structures for Contemporary Floral Designs
  • 50 Techniques Used in Contemporary Floral Designs
  • How to.. Contemporary Floral Design - Wire Manipulation
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Booklet-2: Flower Arranging with 18 Contemporary Floral Design Ideas and Techniques

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