DIY wedding flowers: posy and buttonholes
Sun 11th August 2019 £45
If you’re the creative sort and want to be closely involved with your wedding flowers – or you’re working to a tight budget – this workshop is for you. I’ll guide you through the basics such as caring for your flowers before and after creating your arrangements, how many flowers you need, top tips to make your flowers go further, the equipment you need and how to transport your flowers on the day.
Using a mixed bucket of flowers and foliage I’ll show you how to make a bridesmaid's posy and a boutonniere (sometimes called a buttonhole). The price includes all equipment and flowers.
Hand-tied and wrapped bouquet
Tues 2nd July 2019 £48 (4 places left)
Create and take home a wonderful hand-tied bouquet and the skills to make more. The session starts with a tour of the garden to explain how the flowers are grown, cut and conditioned. You’ll then learn to create and wrap a generous hand-tied bouquet to take away with you.
Sun 14th July 2019 £45
What better way to celebrate the summer, the outdoors and having fun than learning how to make a flower crown to wear home and reproduce at a real festival or wedding. Price includes all equipment, flowers, materials and refreshments.
From garden to vase
Tues 30th July 2019 £48 (FULL)
Tues 3rd September 2019 £48
Ever dreamt of being let loose in a garden full of flowers with a pair of scissors? Now’s your chance to experience just that. The morning starts with a tour of the cut flower garden, and hints and tips for cutting and conditioning flowers. You then get the chance to wander around the garden and pick 35 stems of any of the flowers, herbs and foliage that catch your eye. Next, we enjoy coffee and cake while the flowers are conditioning, before you learn how to make a hand-tied posy to fit the vase provided. The flowers and vase are yours to take home at the end of the workshop.
Flower workshops at The Painswick
Dates for 2019 coming soon
Girls day or evening out with a difference
Date by arrangement, mid June to mid September 2019 £50
Fancy a couple of hours of fun and creativity with friends and flowers in a scenic, peaceful colourful environment – and a glass of prosecco thrown in? This bespoke workshop is perfect for you. Let me know what flowery creation you’d like to make and take home, and I’ll provide the flowers, equipment and skills.
Christmas wreath making
Preliminary date 8th Dec 2019 £45
Coaley Village Hall
Learn how to make a traditional moss-based wreath with natural, festive, British-sourced foliage, then decorate it with pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, ribbons and much more. Price includes mince pies, mulled wine and all foliage and materials mentioned. A small charge applies for other materials.
Workshops to be held at the cutting garden in Coaley, Glos unless stated otherwise.
This is your chance to get up close and floral, learn new skills and take home something beautiful you’ve made yourself. All workshops – with the exception of my Christmas courses and those held at The Painswick hotel – take place in a spacious, light and airy room in my Cotswolds home in Gloucestershire, with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, and run from May to October.
Workshops are limited to six people, and prices include refreshments, flowers and all materials. Most sessions include a tour of the cutting garden and hints and tips for growing your own cut flowers. All sessions use my home-grown, freshly cut, beautiful seasonal blooms whenever possible, and are suitable for absolute beginners. (If you’re travelling from further afield and looking for Cotswolds accommodation, talk to me about my Airbnb rooms.)
“Your course was fabulous. You gave us all a warm welcome, made sure everyone was introduced, and chatting over tea and cake was a lovely relaxing way to put everyone at ease. The flowers provided were not only beautiful and varied but ample.”