Flowers and Botanical dyeing
Thurs March 19th, Tues May 19th , Thurs Sept 17th £100
Take part in an exciting collaborative workshop with Kate Cullen and myself. In the morning, Kate will explain and demonstrate how she botanically dyes silk or organic cotton items. Then enjoy a tour of the garden guided by Fiona who will explain what is happening in the horticultural calender. Enjoy a light lunch followed by a chance to play with either fresh or dried flowers depending on the season. Both the flowers and the dyed item will be yours to take home.
Girls day or evening out with a difference
Date by arrangement, mid May to mid September 2020 £180
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. £180 for up to 3 people. Additional people £60 per person.
Wed 27th May 2020 £30
Let your children get their hands dirty for a couple of hours and pick up some tips on growing flowers from seed before potting up some butterfly and bee friendly plants to grow on in their own flower patch. Then they will learn how to arrange a small posy of flowers to take home. Minimum age 8 years old. Price includes all equipment, flowers, materials and refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
DIY wedding flowers: posy and buttonholes
Sun 31st May or Sunday 26th July 2020 £55
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.
From garden to vase
Sunday 28th June, Tuesday 14th July, Sunday 2nd or
Sunday 30th August 2020 £62
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 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.
Hand-tied and wrapped bouquet
Tuesday 4th August 2020 £60
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.
Dabble with dahlias
Tuesday Sept 8th or Sunday September 27th 2020 £62
Learn how to fill your favourite medium size urn, vase, jug or bowl with your choice of gorgeous dahlias and other flowers from the garden. 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 any of the flowers, herbs and foliage that catch your eye. Next, we enjoy coffee and cake while the flowers are conditioning and you learn a number of ways how flowers can be arranged in your vessel using re-useable materials.
Flower workshops at Barnsley House
Tues 23rd June (Posies and buttonholes)
Sat July 25th (Flowercrowns)
Tues 15th September (arrangement in a jug or vase)
Pick your own flowers event
Sat 10th October or Sunday 11th October 2020 £20
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.
Enjoy an afternoon wandering around the garden and picking any of the flowers, herbs and foliage that catch your eye. Dahlias are particularly plentiful at this time of year and there are lots to choose from.
Just bring a large bucket to take your flowers home in and wear suitable clothing and footwear. Booking essential due to limited parking. Children welcome. £20 (for 25 dahlias or 30 mixed stems) additional flowers can be cut and paid for on the day.
Dried flower workshops
Sunday November 1st or Sunday November 8th 2020 £70
Learn how to weave a heart from willow and decorate it with flowers dried from the garden during the summer. The dried flower wreath will keep for months, and is fully biodegrable and compostable.
Dec 4th 6.30- 9pm
Dec 5th 10-4pm
Workshops to be held at the cutting garden in Coaley, Glos unless stated otherwise.
All workshops are suitable for beginners and – with the exception of my Christmas courses and those held at The Painswick hotel and Barnsley House – take place in a spacious, light and airy room in my Cotswolds home in Gloucestershire, with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
Workshop places are limited to small groups, 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 classes 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.”