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SDC Leeds Student Section – Colour in Flowers

Date: April 30, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Speakman Lecture Theatre, Clothworkers' Central Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT


  • The SDC Leeds Student Section presents the third lecture in the SDC Presidential Lecture Series – ‘Colour in Flowers’ by Tracy Tomlinson from the British Florist Association.

    Is there anything so enchanting than the colour of daffodils in the field or the snow white hillside of snowdrops? We see colour and take it for granted, but when arranging flowers we see the colour in so many different ways. This talk will explain how the florist thinks every day, every hour and every minute about colour and how their skill allows them to put flowers together without a second thought. We’ll discuss the contrasts, harmony, composition, placement and expression of colour in floral displays and discuss the where and how the flowers reach our UK shores in tip top condition, as well as the work of the British Florist Association and flower industry.

    Light refreshments will be available from 6:30pm in Room G.32b, School of Design, University of Leeds and the lecture will follow at 7:00pm in the Speakman Lecture Theatre, Clothworkers’ Central Building.

    This is a free event but please register your attendance by email to:

  • Tracy Tomlinson’s involvement in floristry has been a lifelong journey. Having enjoyed a successful career in floristry competitions, reaching the finals of several National finals. She started her own business, The Tomlinson Flower Company in Coventry in 1995.

    She then went on to acquire 4 Gold medals at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower show winning the title of RHS Florist of the Year in 2005. She then qualified as a National Floristry judge in 2002 and has since officiated on the jury for several European competitions travelling to judge in National competitions in Norway, Denmark, Russia, Columbia, Spain, Holland and recently the jury member for the World Cup in Berlin and the national finals in China.

    In 2007 Tracy co-founded the UK Floristry Judges Guild and served as Chairman till 2012. Then in 2014 she passed the examination to become a Florint National and International Certified Judge of Floristry Design. Tracy has been a member of the Florint Floristry Technical Committee since 2010 and has recently taken the position of President of the European Technical committee. In 2016 Tracy became the Association Manager of the British Florist Association.”


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