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7 King Street, Ipswich Suffolk. IP1 1EG. Telephone 01473 359111

© 2018  Twig and G logos are registered trademarks of Michael Pooley Flowers   Established 1996




Michael Pooley personally teaches all his students. He knows that everyone has different capabilities and is very sympathetic to each person's individual needs. As his courses are on a 1 to 1 basis, you are guaranteed 100% commitment from him. You learn at your own pace, thus reducing competitiveness and gain an insight into how you resolve problems and how you approach designs independently. Michael appreciates that each individual will excel in some areas and need help or a little push in others. One certainty is that the knowledge taken away at the end of the course will never be forgotten. Students who take this course gain confidence and learn how to nurture strengths and weaknesses to help them pursue their career in floristry.

Career Course

80 hours

What's covered?

Topics include buying, conditioning, preparing stock for shop or studio environment, pricing and mark ups. All wedding aspects are covered such as wiring, hand-tieds, vase work and table centres. Funeral work includes working with floral foam, ribbon, ribboning, presentation, wrapping and containers. Every aspect of flower arranging is embraced to help you find your individual style. Be it pavé or pillowing, grouping or clustering Michael ensures you finish this course with several floral pieces that have your own individual floral signature, be it size, style or use of materials. 

Becoming a stylist?

Floristry is very versatile; it's a skill that can be adapted to suit any and many fashions. New items are always being invented to help. 


Michael's aim is to show you how to create and listen to what people want or think they want and execute it in your own individual way.


Career Course

20 designs

Timeframe and Location

This course can be offered on a timeframe to suit you, as Michael understands to take a month from your schedule is sometimes impossible. He can also offer this course to you in your own home*, studio to save the inconvenience of transporting your floral designs.

All flowers are included in the price and each student receives a detailed notebook along with a pair of florist scissors. Time is allowed for photography of your work, thus enabling you to feature your own work on your web site, graphics or point-of-sale material.

The courses are held at TWIG, Michaels retail store in the heart of Ipswich.  Learning in a working environment shows the true demands requested by clients allowing for creativity and learning to think on the spot. 

Cost £3500 

Held at Twig Suffolk

Cost £3500
+ Travel and accommodation

Held at yours


In Situ?

The students on this course will be shown how to make both modern and classic floral designs.  A good florist should be adaptable and listen to their client needs or at least provide the correct items for their market. Learning to use solid time trusted techniques is a great foundation for creating some of today's more challenging designs that require excellent workmanship. Glue and spray paint are encouraged where time and cost are key elements and students are encouraged to explore different methods to arrive at the same design solution.  In the world of the floral designer, the primary concern is often logistics and the practicality of design transportation or construction before flower content.