Passionate About Flowers, Floristry and Design From an Early Age
Kirsty started out as an apprentice in a high street florist after leaving school in 2006, where she spent several years learning the basics and honing her craft.
At age 18, Kirsty was recognised by WorldSkills UK as one of the top 3 promising young florists in the country, and was given the opportunity to travel the world and develop her skills.
As part of this process, Kirsty spent time training under some of the world’s foremost floral designers, including Joe Massie, Per Benjamin, and Gregor Lersch.
A keen competition florist, Kirsty has a strong track record in national competitions including finishing as runner up in the BFA Young Florist of the Year in 2012, 2nd in the BFA Skills Show in 2012 and achieving a Silver Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.
Kirsty’s work has been showcased extensively in online publications,
as well as in leading industry magazines, including Fusion
Flowers and Wedding Flowers.
In establishing Minnie Bee’s in 2012, Kirsty wanted to offer a premium, bespoke alternative to the high street florists for high-end, individual weddings across the North of England and beyond.
The business has gone from strength to strength, and Kirsty finished as a finalist in the Young Businesswoman of the Year competition in 2014, whilst being nominated as one of Britain’s Top Real Role Models.
Today, Kirsty is still just as passionate about floristry as ever, and in addition to running Minnie Bee’s, also offers regular floristry workshops, and teaches floristry part-time to the next generation of budding designers at Askham Bryan College.