Tineke Geerlings -arrangeur-


As a child, Tineke Geerlings earned her first pocket money by picking flowers and peeling bulbs. Even so, she thought she would go into nursing as a career. But then she fainted as soon as she injected a syringe into an orange. She thus decided it was time to enrol in a horticultural school and learn about flower arranging. Here she felt much more at home.

“Enjoyment to the very end”

"During my training, I went to school one day a week and worked the rest of the week in a flower shop in the town of Noordwijkerhout. I loved it from the very first day. I was always delighted with everything that came my way. I watched myself grow." After her education, she opened her own shop – Tineke’s Bloemenwinkel – when she was just 21 years old. "Later, I started taking on assignments for floral arrangements so I had the shop open just three days a week. When I became a mother, I closed the shop and now devote myself entirely to floral arranging." Under the name of Typisch Tien Bloemwerken, Tineke has been promoting herself as a floral arranger for many years now. "I work on all kinds of projects, from television home and garden programmes and floral arranging demonstrations at the famous Keukenhof Garden, to decorating stands and trade fairs, designing for private homes, and taking on special projects such as decorating a yacht."

The name of her company, Typisch Tien Bloemwerken, reflects the fact that Tineke (Tien being a nickname for Tineke) has developed a style all her own. "I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use materials. I accept flowers for what they are but I’m always trying to give an arrangement a special twist. I’m always striving to achieve a wow effect. And I also get a kick out of trying new things, so I never take the easy way out." It’s hard for her to say what her favourite bulb flower is. “That’s because there are so many of them. I think the Fritillaria imperialis (Crown Imperial) is fantastic, but so are anemones and the Gloriosa Lily. I especially like flowers with different kinds of shapes. Actually, I think tulips are prettiest when they start drooping every which way. I especially like flowers that do their own thing." Due to her projects for the IBC, Tineke has started to use more and more bulb flowers. “I notice that even when I’m working on other projects, I tend to rely more often on bulb flowers. They have a real emotional appeal.”

Tineke invests a great deal of passion in what she does. "My work demands a lot from me and holds my attention. Flowers can affect your emotions – I keep on thinking about them and being inspired by them. Just look at all those different colours and shapes. Aren’t they just amazing? If I’m driving past a field full of anemones in bloom, I stop a moment just to enjoy the view. What a great experience! I also enjoy flowers that are almost faded. People throw their flowers away much too soon. I think a bunch of tulips that has almost faded – even to the point when a few of petals having fallen onto the table – is simply beautiful. It shows the transience of life. I can enjoy them to the very end."