Instagrammer of the Week: Used Threads

Today’s Instagrammer of the Week accolade goes to the fabulously creative UK embroiderer, Rachael, from @usedthreads. Her Instagram account is a creative hub of daily hand-stitched creations from denim jackets adorned with scattered wildflowers to alpine landscapes, mini macramé planters, and more.  Tell us about yourself, Rachael. What do you do? I started embroidering with […]

McQueens Flower School: New Dates For 2018

We are very excited to introduce our exciting curriculum of creative courses at McQueens Flower School for 2018. This year so far has been so memorable for McQueens Flower School for many different reasons. We have been welcoming record numbers of students from all over the world, and we have loved sharing our passion for […]

The Thorny Issue of Love

Crazy in love. Love is a mysterious thing.  Love will tear us apart, apparently. What could one add to the topic that has bewitched, bothered and bewildered us since time begun? Art, literature, and even Beyoncé Knowles have been inspired by the eternal flame of love, and most of us will have been bitten (or are […]

Ask McQueens: Which is Best, Floristry College or Short Course?

Answering today’s Ask McQueens query is Selina Kerley, junior florist and social media assistant at McQueens. Having changed course after a 5-year career in SEO and marketing, Selina is just the person to ask about the best options available if you’re looking to re-train and fulfil your dream of becoming a florist! Dear McQueens, I’m […]

Spotlight: Fox & Squirrel

Avid readers of McQueens the Blog may recall our feature on a sun-drenched wedding held in the romantic Castello Di Tornano (the Castle of Love) in Tuscany. Little known to some, however, is that our beautiful bride, Penelope Sacrafou, is also the entrepreneurial founder behind Fox & Squirrel, an award-winning guided tour group taking the culturally adventurous […]

McQueens Flower School: Summer Tour

You may have noticed but 2017 has been an astonishing year for McQueens Flower School with a few pinch-me moments for our tutors. Yes, we’ve basked in international adventure with a boom in calls for McQueens Flower School talent to travel overseas. For McQueens founder Kally Ellis, the school has come a long way since […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Floral Fox Art

Cotswolds-based artist, Amy Rose, is the creative face behind Floral Fox Art. Her Instagram account shares her illustrative, botanical and nature-inspired drawings and paintings with a delicate eye for detail. A trained fine artist and florist, with a passion for vintage and antiques, her distinct illustrative style is both modern in style and reminiscent of […]

Vanda Orchid

Today we are extolling the exotic delights of the vanda orchid. Resplendent and highly prized, orchids enjoy a special status within the wonderful world of flowers. A category all of their own, these exotic blooms are adored and admired around the world, and have been throughout history. The Victorians became obsessed with orchids and there […]

Staff Picks: Summer Bouquet

The season of hazy days, balmy nights, and lashings of strawberries and cream is well underway and the calendar of classic British events continues apace with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Ascot, Glastonbury and the Henley Royal Regatta all duly despatched –  and we’re still weeks away from August bank holiday – hurrah! Summer is a […]

Spotlight: Katie Spicer

Today’s spotlight interview is with lifestyle photographer Katie Spicer. Specialising in creative brands, events and artisans, Katie has built a reputation for a style that is heavily inspired by nature. Her images are light, bright and beautifully composed and a look through her portfolio reveals a love and a passion for flowers that regularly feature […]