Tutor: Paul S Turnock

Paul started in the industry before he left school in Birmingham as a Saturday boy when he was 14. At 16 when he left education he was employed full time by the late Thora Graham where he had been part time.

By the time he was 18 an opportunity was given to him by his grandparents, to open his own shop under their guidance as business people. A few more years down the line a second shop came available on the other side of town.

During this period Paul had become noticed by the lecturer in Floristry at Solihull college, which at that time was one of only a few outside London offering City and Guilds in Floristry, and was asked to come and demonstrate and consequently offered a part time teaching post.
Summer in the garden

A great deal of high profile work came his way including a bouquet for the late Diana, Princess of Wales who came to open a centre for terminally ill children and soon after that another bouquet for the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the Birmigham School of Music, amongst many other commissions.

During the late 80's and early 90's he took his ICSF and NDSF qualifications.

In the early 1990's Paul sold his business and went into management, at the same time he was also approached by the principal of Sutton Coldfield college to take on a the new NVQ Floristry course. Once the first year was over the new academic term intake was so large he was made an associate lecturer and had to enlist help to cope.

In 1992 he was offered a prestigious job in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Florist to the Late King Faad and the royal court, and so gave up all his teaching and management posts and went out on a two year contract. In 1994 he came back to his home town of Birmingham but after a death in his family decided to head to London to work. He came to live in Reading as he already had friends living there, and after twenty four years he is still there!

Paul is a very artistic person, a committed Catholic and has an active interest in all things horticultural since early childhood, which in turn led him to Floristry. He has a great eye for detail and has a very free flowing style. London was a continuation of this for him and has brought him to the attention of many well known people.

Having always been a hands on Florist he is often to be found the last person on site and the easrliest in the morning.

Below you will find a small sanpshot of the personalities and company's he has been involved with and it is true to say that some of them demand that only he fulfils their requests.

In 2000 he was nominated to serve on the council of The Society of Floristry( now part of the BFA) which was a two year appointment which brought him much joy and fulfilment and a recognition by the industry of his contribution to Floristry.

As a retail Florist, Flower Arranger, Floral Decorator and Designer, Paul is eminently qualified to teach his craft and pass on the skills developed over the years. His manner is gentle but firm and continues to exude his love and enthusiasm for the industry, coupled with a very good sense of humor.

Below is a list of 'some' of his clients over the years:-

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Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare, and left the flushed print in a poppy there.