FFFLAIR Ambassadors

We are privileged to have the support of the following ambassadors.

 

Ruud Kleinpaste

Fondly known for his media persona ‘the Bugman’, Rudd has dedicated his life to entomology and environmental conservation. He’s New Zealand’s expert voice on all things ecology, bugs and gardening.

 

Ruud was born in Indonesia, raised and educated in the Netherlands, and migrated to New Zealand in 1978.

 

Ruud studied kiwi in Waitangi forest and worked as a scientist (entomology) with the Ministry of Agriculture (now MPI) for 14 years, before tackling the world of media. He became a household name with a popular radio talk-back programme on Newstalk ZB's and television appearances on shows such as Maggie's Garden Show, the children's programme What Now? and various series for Animal Planet and Discovery Channel (Buggin' with Ruud, etc). He is also a regular magazine columnist and lecturer at UNITEC in Auckland.

Rudd believes in the importance of environmental education for the younger generation and travels throughout New Zealand championing biodiversity and biosecurity, engaging communities in citizen science.

 

As a trustee of Project Crimson, Kiwis for kiwi, the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, Kids Restore New Zealand and patron of the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, the National Wetland Trust, as well as Trees for Survival, Southland Community Environment Trust and Wingspan, Rudd continues to be an environmental advocate.

 

Rudd’s work has seen him receive the Queen’s Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2018, and prestigious acknowledgements from Waikato University and his alma mater University in Wageningen (the Netherlands).

 

Rachel Vogan

Rachel is one of NZ’s best garden commentators and writers with regular columns and features in Kiwi Gardener, Christchurch Star, Newstalk ZB, CTV and various other media streams and publications. Alongside this she manages the community gardens at The Waiora Trust.

 

Rachel sits on the board of the Canterbury Horticultural Society and is a foundation member of the CERA community forum, a delegated and dedicated group which oversees the rebuilding of Christchurch.

With over 25 years’ worth of soil under her finger nails, Rachel is well known for her philosophy of together we can 'give it a grow'

 

Tony Murrell

Happiest outside enjoying the seasons and waxing lyrical to like-minded garden enthusiasts, Tony’s a household name in New Zealand synonymous with all things growing. He spent seven years overseas designing and building gardens, many for the rich and famous.

 

His return home quickly saw him on our television screens with TVNZ’s Mucking In, New Zealand Home and Garden and now with his own hugely popular radio show, Home and Garden with Tony Murrell on Radio Live every Saturday morning.

His landscape and garden design business – Tony Murrell Limited is based in Auckland but he is a regular traveler throughout New Zealand designing and building gardens from Invercargill to Kaitaia. As busy as he is, Tony has written his first book, Tony Murrell Garden Designs to Enhance Your Life.

Tony is currently the garden presenter on TV One’s Kiwi Living.

 

Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Andrew Fisher Tomlin leads one of the UK’s leading garden design offices with commissions for gardens and parks worldwide including Australia, Japan, and the Caribbean and across Europe. Over the past 3 years they have won awards for both show gardens and real gardens including two Gold Medals and ‘Best in Show’ awards at Royal Horticultural Society shows.

 

Andrew is also Director of the London College of Garden Design based in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The College is widely recognised as one of the leading colleges for training in garden and planting design. The college also delivers a short course programme in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society at their own gardens.

 

Andrew is a Chartered Horticulturist and Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers.

 

Megan Parker

Megan's background in floristry started at age 14 when she worked after school in a flower shop called My Fair Lady, in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. The following years saw her continue working in floristry and opening a store in Wellington’s CBD.

 

Megan believes there is something truly wonderful about flowers; as designers, we have the privilege and ability to bring an immense amount of joy into peoples’ lives.

 

Megan has been an active member of New Zealand Professional Florists Inc. (NZPF) for the past 35 years in various roles including Diploma Representative, Vice President, President and National Assessment Co-ordinator.

 

Her passion is to teach floristry to the highest standard. She believes, like many things, there is a right and wrong way. If you learn correctly from the beginning, you will always have a solid foundation, which in time will help develop your own style.
 

From 2002 to 2013, she ran a full time Level 2 Floristry course at Whitireia, Porirua, teaching over 250 students. She now runs private classes for a variety of people; from those who want to train as a florist, to those who just want to have fun with flowers, from all ages and all levels of expertise.

Her passion and love for flowers has never stopped. Welcome to the World of Flowers.

 

Bayley LuuTomes

As Vietnamese refugees, Bayley and his family began life in New Zealand with no English and few personal possessions. That move has allowed Bayley to seize opportunities that he may not have had elsewhere.

 

His interest in gardening began at a very early age after a family visit to Wellington’s Botanical Gardens.  Bayley grew up helping his mother in the garden, where he learnt about different plants and flowers and eventually getting his own patch to create and nurture. 

This creativity initially led him to pursue a career in advertising as a designer, and after a few years, made the decision to follow his dreams of a career in landscaping. He found initial success as a Wellington Open Polytechnic student, winning the emerging designer category at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch in 2013.

Bayley currently resides in Waikanae and has forged an international reputation through his show gardens in Japan, France, England, South Africa, Australia and the United States. With 12 international shows and 19 awards under his belt he brings a fresh and innovative eye to garden design.  

Bayley's love of Nature and passion for Sculpture is evident in his unique creations. "I believe FFFlair is a perfect avenue to share and educate. Be inspired and break free from conventional habits and to express one's creative freedom. This is why I am proud to be associated with FFFLAIR and to be an official ambassador. I am excited to share my knowledge and skill with you all."

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