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Support our British flower growers this year by proudly displaying a seasonal Christmas wreath on your front door

Charlie

Seasonal Christmas wreaths from The Garden Gate Flower Company

I am slowly beginning to admit that Christmas is on the way, what with my recent blog feature on those stunning festive dessert tables and now Christmas wreaths and workshops.

I absolutely love wreaths, I wish that we were more like the States and had wreaths for different seasons and celebrations throughout the year, and not just Christmas – anyone else up for starting this trend?  Perhaps The New Wives Club could get a group of us to make a wreath for each month of 2013 and we could share our pictures?  Am I getting carried away :)

The Blue Carrot wreath

A number of the lovely florists and flower farmers listed on the TNWC directory have started to release details of upcoming wreath workshops and how to order their Christmas wreaths online, so I thought to help you all out I’d do a feature to showcase a lot of them all in one place.

Plus, there are a couple of exclusive discounts for TNWC readers below, so don’t miss out on those!

The Garden Gate Flower Company wreaths

Without further ado, here’s where you can get your Christmas wreath from this year, or if you’d rather go on a wreath making workshop there are details of those too…

The Garden Gate Flower Company Christmas Wreaths

The lovely Becca & Maz from The Garden Gate Flower Company are offering an exclusive 10% discount to TNWC readers on ready-made wreaths – simply quote “DINGDONG” when ordering. Having received their beautiful arrangements for my stall at the Eco Wedding Fair I can testify to how beautiful their creations are.

The Garden Gate Flower Company wreaths

There is nothing more festive than a Christmas wreath on your front door.  Lush evergreen foliage, holly, ivy, bay and red berries in a wreath, bristling with the scent of pine needles and fir, encompass all that is Christmassy in their hedgerows and woodlands.

A more pared-down wreath might be more your style with nubbly twigs decorated with lichens, cones, berries and seedheads, on a handmade, woven willow framework that will last for years to come.

The Garden Gate Flower Company wreaths

The Garden Gate Flower Company can offer a range of styles including beautiful pheasant feathers and dried hydrangeas, to kitchen wreaths made from scented foliage, bay and garden herbs, with a selection of foodie related goodies.  Their wreaths are grown or foraged for on their organic farm in Cornwall and handmade to suit your location or decorative ideas.

Wreaths are available locally and by mail order, and start at £25 plus post and packaging.  You can order your Christmas wreath online and don’t forget to quote “DINGDONG” when ordering a readymade wreath to get your 10% discount!

The Garden Gate Flower Company Christmas Wreath Making Course

Get festive on the farm and join their wreath making workshop, also included is a warming homemade lunch, and you go away with your very own handmade wreath with all materials supplied.

The Garden Gate Flower Company wreath

Dates: Thursday 6th December

Venue: Trezare Farm, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1JZ (wrap up warm, the course is run in one of their barns!)

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: £35 per person

Email: thegardengateflowercompany@gmail.com

Phone: 07427 686 558

Green & Gorgeous Wreath Making Workshop

Just to let you know that the lovely ladies at Green & Gorgeous in Oxfordshire are offering an exclusive 10% discount to TNWC readers – simply quote “I love nature” when booking your place.  Having been on a workshop with Green & Gorgeous myself I can highly recommend them.

Green & Gorgeous wreath

This year why not get inspired with lots of unusual ingredients from garden to hedgerow, and make your own Christmas wreath.  The team at Green & Gorgeous are shunning the usual pine, holly and ivy to offer you rose hips, lavender, honesty, dried fruits, hydrangea, feathers, berries, seed pods, and much more!

On this one day workshop you’ll create a moss-based wreath which can be embellished with any of the locally gathered materials provided, with demonstrations and lots of handy tips. Refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cake will also be provided.

Green & Gorgeous wreath

Dates: Sunday 9th & Monday 10th December

Venue: North Stoke Village Hall

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: £55 per person (TNWC readers don’t forget to quote “I love nature” to get your exclusive 10% discount!)

Email: events@greenandgorgeousflowers.co.uk

Green & Gorgeous were also asked to produce a wreath for Pretty Nostalgic magazine – isn’t it beautiful…

Green & Gorgeous wreath

The Blue Carrot Christmas Wreaths

This Christmas the lovely Susanne at The Blue Carrot is offering a range of wreaths that are available locally to her in Cornwall (you lucky Cornish peeps!), from the more traditional wreaths with evergreen foliage to more unusual designs using rosehips, grasses, dried herbs, moss, anemones and succulents.

The Blue Carrot wreath

Some of Susanne’s creations include this rosehip wreath (below) on a homemade base of woven Virginia creeper vines; a grass wreath (up at the top of the feature) using dried materials like cloud bend grass, dried catmint and fresh cotton lavender; and her moss design (above) with viburnum flowers, anemones, ivy, hydrangea, mimosa buds, cotton lavender foliage, succulents, wax flower and black Ammi.

The Blue Carrot wreath

Starting at around £25 and of varying sizes, The Blue Carrot can create you a dreamy wreath to decorate your house or front door this Christmas, even if you want something totally untraditional.

The Blue Carrot wreath

Unfortunately, due to their fragile nature Susanne is unable to ship her wreaths so they are only available for local delivery or pick up.  To order your wreath from The Blue Carrot please contact Susanne at susanne@thebluecarrot.co.uk or on 0752 7777 419.

Organic Blooms Willow Wreath Workshop

Go and spend a relaxing afternoon with the team at Organic Blooms in South Gloucestershire, learning how to make your own beautiful Christmas wreath from willow and seasonal evergreens, which you will then decorate with natural materials such as cinnamon, fruits, berries and cones.

Dates: Saturday 8th & Sunday 16th December

Venue: Organic Blooms, Latteridge Hill, Latteridge, BS37 9TS (on the main B4059 road between the A38 and Iron Acton – look for their entrance next to the green steel fence!)

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Cost: £30 per person

Email: organicblooms@ironacton.plus.com

Phone: Wendy on 07849065551 or Jo on 07766023921

Organic Blooms wreath

Organic Blooms Christmas Wreaths

The Organic Blooms wreaths are individually handcrafted using the best quality seasonal materials from their cutting gardens in South Gloucestershire.  They work around the ring using evergreens such as holly, bay or ivy and add sprigs of rosemary for scent and mature ivy flowers for their striking form.  They love to use seedheads, berries cones and fruit, reflecting the abundance of the English countryside.

No Christmas wreath is complete without the traditional cinnamon and orange, and they finish theirs with a lovely rustic or homespun ribbon.  Every wreath is unique, but based upon traditional and timeless designs with a natural and rustic style.

Organic Blooms Christmas wreaths cost £25 and can be ordered online from their website. Delivery is available nationwide.

Amanda Davy Flowers Christmas Wreaths

This is just an example of the beautiful Christmas wreaths that Amanda Davy Flowers is creating this year – she put it together for Pretty Nostalgic magazine and filled it with moss, larch, hops, rowanberries, rosehips, hydrangea, berried ivy, fennel seedheads, acorns and pheasant feathers.  Amanda collects her ingredients from around the farm and her mum’s garden.

Amanda Davy Flowers wreath

Amanda is based in St-Just-In-Roseland, Cornwall and is only selling wreaths locally, delivery further afield may be possible please email her at amandadavyflowers@gmail.com to discuss.

Jay Archer Floral Design Christmas Wreaths

Jay Archer Floral Design have been busy dreaming up some beautiful Christmas wreath designs, all of which will look spectacular on your front door this winter season.  All of their wreaths are made to order and made to suit your specific requirements including flower and foliage varieties, colours and botanic embellishments.

Jay Archer Floral Design wreath

Just some of the elements they can incorporate include ribbon, cinnamon, lime slices, succulents, berries, pine cones, pomegranates, rosehips, hyacinth bulbs, cyclamens, birch bark hearts, wooden discs and feathers, plus you can select from the traditional circular wreath or opt for their heart-shaped one.

Jay Archer Floral Design wreath

Prices start from £18 for botanically embellished moss based wreaths to £35 for a flower filled, oasis based wreath (which can also be used as a table centre with church candle centre).  All their arrangements can be collected from their Basingstoke workshop, or delivered throughout Hampshire, Surrey, London and Berkshire to your home or the recipients address.  Jay Archer Floral Design are delivering from now, until Christmas eve at a time to suit you!

Jay Archer Floral Design wreath

To order your Christmas wreath, please contact Jay at jay@jayarcherfloraldesign.com or call 07519 818233.  They would appreciate at least 48 hours notice.  More details can be found on Jay’s website.

Campbell’s Flowers Christmas Wreaths and Workshops

Campbell’s Flowers Christmas collection has, wherever possible, been sourced using materials grown and produced in the UK and they’ve even specially designed a ‘Steel City’ Christmas door wreath which features foliages and seasonal materials gathered in and around Sheffield.  If you’re looking for table designs they also make bespoke one-off arrangements in a large selection of vintage ‘found’ containers.

Tracey Campbell Flowers wreath

Get in touch with Tracey at campbellsflowers@gmail.com for prices.  All designs can be carefully packaged and shipped nationwide in their beautiful recycled gift packaging.

For those of you looking to learn a bit of festive DIY, they have a number of Christmas wreath workshops held in some gorgeous locations in partnership with local businesses, where mince pies and mulled wine add to the festive and friendly atmosphere.  Full details and dates are available on their website.

Tracey Campbell Flowers wreath

I hope you’ve been inspired by all the incredible wreaths there are available to you, whether you are after something traditional, subtle, unusual, or flamboyant, there really are some beautiful options to choose from this year.

If you are making your own wreaths with foraged or garden finds I’d love to see some pictures – share them on my Facebook page or email me charlie@thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk.

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