Part 1: Friday 6 November 2020
Part 2: Friday 13 November 2020
Part 3: Friday 20 November 2020
Part 4: Friday 27 November 2020
See content for individual classes outlined below.
Our Flower School has temporarily moved online as we continue to bring our seasonal and sustainable flower arranging lessons to flower lovers, florists and flower arrangers in Scotland, the UK and around the world. Join us in our virtual flower studio from the comfort of your own home for a 4-part informative series in garden-inspired floristry.
A sustainable, garden-inspired floristry practice involves having a conscious awareness of your materials; knowing exactly where they came from and how they were grown or growing them yourself. Being attuned to those materials and the season and landscape that yields them requires listening, practice and experience. We have been designing flowers for 40 years and designing with the flowers we grow ourselves on our farm for 3 years. On this course we will share what we have learned throughout that journey as well as the principles of garden-inspired floral design that we follow and use in our own practice. This series will help you to enhance your personal design style with sustainability, beauty and meaning at the forefront to create floral arrangements to truly love and admire.
Part 1: How to Start a Cutting Garden
Friday 6 November 2020 | 10-10:30am
Growing your own flowers is a wonderful experience for any florist but knowing where to start can be daunting. Learn how to create a small-scale cutting garden including information on choosing and preparing your site, planning and planting, 5 easy annual flowers to start from seed, maintaining the space throughout the year, tips for healthy plants, and finally harvesting your flowers for floral designs. Joy!
Part 2: Garden-inspired Floristry Methods & Principles
Friday 13 November 2020 | 10-10:30am
Learn about working with seasonal materials in a sustainable and artistic way, taking inspiration from the magic and vibrancy of the natural world. We will share our design ethos, techniques, methods, tools, and discuss how to adopt an environmentally conscious floristry practice. We will share the principles that guide our design choices including balance, movement, colour, focal points, lines, proportion, symmetry/asymmetry, texture, and shape. Learn how to incorporate these principles into floral composition and how to develop your own intuition when working with flowers.
Part 3: Floral Design with a Compote Bowl & Frog
Friday 20 November 2020 | 10-10:30am
Watch a live, step-by-step demonstration of the design principles covered in Part 2 while we create a flower bowl centerpiece arranged with just a pin frog and our favourite stems of the season. Learn how to create light, airy and gently arranged floral centrepieces that look as though they have just grown from the vase.
Part 4: How to Create an Installation of Grounded Florals
Friday 27 November 2020 | 10-10:30am
Watch a live, step-by-step demonstration of the design principles covered in Part 2 while we create a grounded floral installation. Learn how to create impactful, multifunctional, floor-based arrangements with tips on keeping flowers hydrated for events through the use of foam-free mechanics and hidden water sources.
- Hosted live via zoom
- 4 sessions: 6 November, 13 November, 20 November, 27 November from 10-10:30am BST
- Watch us anywhere with easy access on your device: laptop, desktop, tablet or phone
- Flexibility to join us on 1, 2, 3 or all 4 sessions
- Single sessions cost £15 or purchase the whole series for £48
- 2 hours of demos, information, presentations and instructions across 4 live sessions
- Downloadable resource guide, images, and notes made available after the last session
- Sources for all the materials and supplies we use on camera
- Direct access to ask us questions throughout the sessions
Who is this for?
Our online workshops are for anyone who shares our love of flowers, enthusiasm for garden-grown, natural materials and an ethic of care for the environment. We welcome both aspiring and experienced florists, hobbyists, enthusiasts, experts to complete beginners. We have welcomed many different people to our flower school over the years; from gardeners to fellow florists, writers, lawyers, doctors, artists, designers, architects, retirees, and young people. Whatever experience you bring or whatever your motivation to join us, we welcome you and will always be your guide whilst encouraging you to explore your own ideas and creativity. Slow down with us and appreciate the beauty of the natural world, our workshops are the perfect antidote to a hectic life.
How to book
Simply purchase the class via the "Buy Now" button and we will confirm your place by sending you a Zoom link, password and instructions on how to access the class 24 hours before it is due to start. Please see our shop policy for details on refunds and cancellations.
Please see our shop policy for details on refunds and cancellations.