Flower arranging workshop for green brides-to-be using seasonal spring blooms
Charlie / 11 May 2011
A couple of weeks ago my mom and I went on a lovely flower arranging workshop hosted by Jo and Rachel of Green & Gorgeous Flowers.
Not only was it great to meet Jo and Rachel, but we also learnt some fab tips on how to arrange garden grown flowers – perfect as in a week’s time we’ll be doing all the flowers for my wedding.
Green & Gorgeous Flowers is based on a dairy farm in a truly beautiful part of Oxfordshire. They have a barn where the workshop was held, a smaller studio filled to the brim with vintage crockery, and about 2 and a half acres of flowers.
First we were shown how to make a hand-tied bouquet – it might sound easy, but it takes real skill to hold your bunch of flowers, adding in more, keeping it loose and natural looking but also keeping a firm hold so they don’t flop about! Jo made it look effortlessly easy.
Next we watched Jo create a stunning spring display in a vintage fan vase (I found one at the carboot!) using lilac, apple blossom and white Honesty.
She used a block of oasis to secure the branches – what a pretty combination and a real celebration of English country flowers.
After a delicious homemade lunch of spinach tart and salads, we moved on to creating a small arrangement in a teacup.
We each chose a bucket of flowers – I went for a bucket of Ranunculus ranging from soft pink to hot magenta, lots of white Honesty and lime green Euphorbia.
Finally we were shown how to make our own buttonholes – choosing our flowers, cutting them to length, then taping a hairpin of wire to strength them, before wrapping round moss-green coloured ribbon.
My mom and I choose this apricot coloured Ranunculus, which were the favourites of the day – such a gorgeous, old-fashioned looking colour.
Jo and Rachel offer a variety of flower courses – including flower arranging and how to grow your own cut flower garden. Most are booking up fast, but they are adding new dates all the time.
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