Karen Barnes

Karen Barnes

Karen owned Flowers by Karen in Guiseley, Leeds, for 19 years, up until 2007 when she joined Interflora head office, and holds the position of Head of Product Development for Interflora. following a successful career as a florist, designer and demonstrator.

Karen has travelled Nationally and Internationally, working on many society weddings & party events in New York , celebrity weddings in the UK, and worked alongside Master florists in Helsinki, her work has featured in numerous magazines and TV programmes and

Karen gained her NDSF in 1983 and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 1999 in San Francisco.

She was a feature designer at AIFD Symposium in San Diego, and at a regular designer at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Other achievements include being on the AIFD Board of Directors for the North-East Chapter, and has been highlighted as one of the Top 10 florists in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.

Karen became a trained National & International Interflora Judge in 2001 and is proud to be one of the founder members of The UK Floristry Judges Guild.

Amongst many judging assignments, a highlight was being invited to judge at The Interflora World Cup competition in Shanghai in 2010.

Karen has been awarded RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold, Silver-Gilt and Bronze medals and in 2016, led the Interflora Design Team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.to achieve another RHS Gold medal.