About Keiko Flower Academy
Keiko Flower Academy runs a variety of flower courses in exclusive private workshops where students are taught and guided to create a variety of beautiful flower arrangements ranging from fresh flowers to preserved flower arrangements and Japanese Ikebana.
About Keiko Smith
Keiko Smith is an award winning professional flower designer, a wedding flower service specialist and a flower therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the UK.
She has catered for many wedding flower services for London hotels including Marriott hotel, Connaught hotel, Le Meridien hotel and was exclusively selected to cater for Montecalm hotel including services such as restaurant, hall, reception displays, parties and functions. Keiko's experience extends to having supplied corporate clients such as Japan Airlines, Suntory, Shiseido and Marina Ranaldi.
Keiko is a certified professor of Japanese Ikenobo Ikebana School and holds certificates from Ikenobo Culture School and the Ikenobo Ikebana School of Floral Art.
In 2001, The Daily Telegraph sponsored Keiko to exhibit her flower arrangements and Ikebana in the Japanese Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Keiko and her team won the "Best Garden Award" and "Gold Award" at the show. Her designs also appeared in the Royal Horticultural Society magazine for that month.
Keiko was interviewed in 2006 by Japanese newspapers in London on her professional career as a flower designer and in 2014 she was interviewed by NHK radio, the national news broadcaster of Japan discussing her career, Valentine's day flower arrangements and Japanese Ikebana.
Most recently in 2021, Keiko won a Silver-Guilt award for her contemporary Ikebana design using British flowers at the Chelsea Flower Show. Her exhibit garnered attention from the BBC with coverage of her Ikebana flower arrangement.
Keiko's life-long passion is sharing her wealth of experience in flower design with others and supporting them to create their own flower arrangements to enjoy.