About Berkshire Flower School

Grow, Develop, Achieve - Anything's Possible!

Berkshire flower school aims to bring professional level teaching to those who want to learn. Teaching the art of floristry and business of floristry to everyone from the complete beginner, professional florist, keen hobbyist or a group of friends looking for a fun afternoon. We will encourage you to grow, develop and achieve, find your style and release your inner creativity!

Our core aims are:

    • To provide a fun learning space
    • For people to feel they have gained something
    • A high quality of learning
    • Bring out people's creativity
    • To pass on our knowledge
    • Somewhere that all abilities, from a novice to master florist can learn and have fun
    • To offer courses for part-time hobbyists to budding florists, one off social events to week long courses and everything in between
    • To learn and develop


Kate and Siobhan felt there was nothing like this in area and wanted to create a unique space for learning.


Introducing Kate and Siobhan

Kate and Siobhan met at Merrist Wood College in 2009, studying for their higher diplomas. Little did they both know this was the start of their paths to become master florists and the beginning of a great friendship.


Kate Thomas HDF & MDPF

Kate runs and owns Funky Flowers a boutique flower shop in Wokingham, offering a bespoke floral design service.

She has a love of flowers and plant materials, in particular using seasonal flowers that are from that moment in time. "It's my passion and commitment to keep learning that I feel enables me to provide you with handmade floral designs, you simply will not find anywhere else."

She brings this passion and professionalism into her teaching, which has been doing for many years. Kate is a keen member for her NAFAS and is also one of their qualified demonstrators going around the country provide unique and informative floral demonstrations.

Siobhan Pilkington HDF & MDPF

Siobhan started her career working in a busy florist in Marlow before setting up La Belle Floral Designs in 2011 specialising in wedding and event flowers.

La Belle Floral Designs provides a bespoke service for weddings and events, everything from bouquets, through to table centres and venue decorating. She loves all flowers and how they can completely change a setting, she loves to come up with different ideas to fill spaces.

Siobhan is also a keen member of NAFAS and is very active in her club, she is also looking at training to become a demonstrator.