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Peta is hoping for blooming success at national floristry awards

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

A tutor in floristry at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College has been nominated for a prestigious industry award and is hoping to count on local support to help her win the national competition. 

Peta Steadman, who has worked as a floristry tutor in the East Midlands for 35 years, with over a decade spent at NWHC, is on the shortlist for Tutor of the Year award at the annual British Floristry Association awards in October, the first time she has ever been nominated in her career.  The national award is decided by the public, so the winner will be the one who gains the most online votes by the deadline of September 1st. 

Peta has spent her career in the region and balances her teaching with preparing flowers for royalty, as a member of The Royal Almonry Team, helping to create the historical nosegay bouquets carried by HM the Queen at the Maundy service each year. She was also involved with the floral arrangements and tributes for the reinternment of Richard III in Leicester in 2015. 

In the years she has been a tutor, Peta says she has been proud to help so many florists at the start of their careers: “I am so lucky to have a job that I love,” she says, “Floristry has allowed me meet amazing people and create designs for so many diverse occasions. I really enjoy teaching and sharing my skills with the florists of the future and I am so very proud of my students as they make their way in the industry. I want to thank all my students new and old, it has been a pleasure to teach you.”

On her nomination, Peta commented; “Amazing, I feel so honoured to even be nominated after 35 years as a tutor.  I have spent my life in the region and would be delighted if I could count on local support to help me win this award.”

Voting closes on September 1st and those interested in supporting Peta can cast their vote at


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