How It All Started

HOW IT ALL STARTED

Gerda Tuffin 2021 at Clover Mama Afrika Training
Interflora 1st Prize

The Cape School of Floristry was founded in 2001 by Gerda Tuffin in response to repeated requests for flower arranging tuition. In 1983 Gerda attended the Constantia School of Floristry with Joan Pare and in 1988 she graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B. Sc. Agric. degree in Horticulture.

From 1992 until sold in 2014, she and her husband, Bernard, owned Flowercraft Florist in Pinelands, Cape Town, which had expanded over the years into four shops around the Cape Peninsula, viz. Durbanville, Milnerton and Fish Hoek.

This flourishing business was then sold because they wished to raise their young children in the countryside.  The Country Garden / Beecatcher Guest Farm in Ladismith, Western Cape, in the Little Karoo was bought and they moved with their five children to the farm. This was the fulfillment of a longstanding desire to move out of the city. 

After the sale of the shops, Gerda continued travelling to Cape Town to offer courses over the following years and also offered courses at the farm.

She furthered her own training by travelling to Holland in November 2000 to complete the International Course in Dutch and European Floral Design at the Boerma Institute, Aalsmeer.

Due to her competitive spirit and skill, Gerda won many competitions in flower arranging over the years. Among her achievements are the Teleflorist Western Cape Champion for 2001, and Interflora Western Cape Designer of the Year for 2003 and 2005. She won second place at the National Interflora Designer of the Year 2006 and was second overall winner in the Interflora Western Cape Designer of the Year 2007.

Gerda qualified as a tutor with Interflora and assisted in training florists. She also served on the Interflora Western Cape Committee for a number of years and assisted with demontstrations and stage productions at the annual Interflora Conference.

Due to growing business and family commitments, Gerda withdrew from competing and encouraged her staff and children to partake in competitions instead. 

Gerda and her family have since renovated a magnificent one-hundred-year-old Manor House on the farm which is now used as a guest house and the training centre to run workshops on their farm.

The Cape School of Floristry is proud to be associated with the Clover Mama Afrika Trust and Gerda has been one of the trainers of the Mamas for the past 10 years at their Smarties week yearly event.

The various courses and workshops offered at the school cater for the absolute beginner, the more advanced flower arranger and for those seeking refresher courses.

A nurturing and encouraging environment will enable you to relax and enjoy the experience of spending some hours learning to arrange flowers and decorate gifts.

An added bonus for coming to Ladismith is that one is away from the hustle and bustle of the city and can learn in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of Voorbaat Valley.

Interflora Competition Item
The early days at Flowercraft Pinelands
2004 Interflora National Champions
Bridal Course at the Manor House, Ladismith
Interflora 1st Prize for Contrast
Clover Mama Afrika training
Interflora 3rd Prize for My Role Model
Clover Mama Afrika 2019 training with Prof Elain and the Mamas

THE FLOWERCRAFT STORY

Flowercraft Pinelands

1992 – 2014

Flowercraft Milnerton

2008 – 2016

Flowercraft Durbanville

2008 – 2012

Flowercraft Fish Hoek

2008 – 2014