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.

For more details visit their website or contact them at


California Callie on 16. April, 2012

I love how? the way you arranged the flowers… thanks so much for the ideas. blessings to you.

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