My name is Jackie Raffai. I’ve had 21 years Floristry experience. At 13, I helped out as a Saturday girl once and I’ve never looked back! I had the flower bug!
At 16, I began studying Floristry, attending college on a day release whilst working full time in a florist. I then worked in various shops for the next 7 years. I had some time out to have my family and now I’m back with own business!
I studied at Bournemouth and Poole College and have my NVQ 2, NVQ 3 and ICSF qualifications.Over the years I have had many different experiences within the floristry field. I have represented the college doing demonstrations at Chelsea Flower Show. I have entered college competitions whilst training. Through one of the shops I worked for, I competed in Southern Heats for Interflora and came runner up for Florist of the Year. After leaving college, I was invited back to judge Floristry competitions for other floristry students.
I’ve experienced all types of Floristry in various shops within Southampton and now wish to specialize in weddings too.In the past I have taught workshops and I would like to become qualified as a professional teacher. I have now been running AussieJax for 5 years now – I have thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to my future with the business!