Over fifteen years working for myself as an event florist means that I have gathered a wealth of experience and skills which I love to share.
I have been enthusiastically teaching Christmas Wreath workshops for well over a decade; they have become incredibly popular - so much so, they have even been written up in The Daily Telegraph (twice)!
I teach wreath workshops throughout the first few weeks of December using either traditional moss-based techniques, as well as the easier but equally spectacular wet floral foam wreath bases. See dates for these and venue locations below.
I also teach one-to-one and one to two workshops from my studio here in West Berkshire. Whether you are already a florist looking to brush up or perfect a particular skill, or someone just looking to learn the basics of floristry, I tailor each class to fit the requirement. Perhaps you'd like to learn how to arrange flowers in the achingly popular Dutch Master style or just to make a simple hostess bouquet. I can help select the right flowers, advise on tying and the gift wrapping. Using whatever the season has to offer for the time of year, these classes are always fun and made to measure. Typically around three hours in length, they will include a slice of homemade cake and a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee; most importantly they are always relaxed and great fun!
Blaegrove Barn, Upper House Farm, Blaegrove Lane, Hampshire, RG27 9PD
Tuesday 28th November 10 -2pm (includes lunch) £55
Learn how to make a traditional garland in readiness for the festive season. I will demonstrate its' versatility as an over-mantle, garland, draped down a staircase or as a festive table centre. To Book: http://www.blaegrovebarn.com/events
Wreath Workshops 2017
Bucklebury Charity Wreath Workshops
For the seventh year running these workshops will have a strong charity element to them and will be generously hosted by Belinda Chaffer in her barn at Beenham Hatch. A Christmas Bazaar will also be running alongside the workshops in the barn kitchen, so please bring your purse for some additional pre-Christmas gifts and luxury goodies! This year we will be raising funds for both Rainbow Trust, who care for families who have a seriously ill child, as well as The Waterberg Trust which is a UK based charity raising funds to uplift the people of this rural area in South Africa through health, education, and conservation projects. See also www.waterbergrhino.com
Monday 4th December 2017 10.30am & 6.30pm
Tuesday 5th December 10am & 2.30pm
Cost: £65 per person
To Book: please email or call Belinda on 07813201088
Honesty Cookery School, Ecchinswell
This will be our third year teaching workshops at the Cookery School which is housed in a stunning purpose built barn between Kingsclere and Newbury the wreath workshops are the same as the Bucklebury workshops except one on the Friday which you will make using a traditional moss based wreath – the decoration technique is slightly different but non the less very satisfying!
Wednesday December 6th 10am & 6.30pm*
*Additional Evening Class added due to popular demand
Friday 8th December 10am *please note at this workshop I will be teaching how to make a wreath using the more traditional moss base, slightly more technical but very satisfying! (All TWHFCo bespoke wreaths are made using this method).
Saturday 9th December 10am
Cost £65 per person
Can’t make any of the workshop dates? TWHFCo Bespoke Door Wreaths, all made to order.
If you are unable to make one of my classes but would still like a door wreath, not to worry as TWHFCo makes the most exquisite wreaths to order. These are £66 for a sumptuous standard luxury sized wreath or £84 for the larger deluxe wreath the latter best suited to the larger front door.
I have a few dates the following week (beginning 11th December) if you would like to host a workshop at your home or workplace, daytime or evening. I bring the whole kit and caboodle to you! A *minimum number of 8 guests is requisite to book one of these and the cost is £66 per person (just add friends, mince pies and carols)! Email me for more information.
*Please note the private workshop dates are now all fully booked*
Workshops in 2018:
Wiring workshop for florists. Jan/Feb (TBC) Following on from a very successful wiring workshop this year I am planning to repeat this class where florists will learn how to fully wire a bridal bouquet.
Date: Most likely during the quieter months of January or February
Cost £350 pp Please email if you are interested in booking. This is a professional one day course 10 am - 4.30 pm *Essential attendees are fully familiar with wire and guttering.
" Made to Measure" Professional Workshop (Full Day) 10am - 4.30 pm Includes all flowers, equipment and a home made lunch. These workshops are primarily designed for florists wishing to brush up or learn a new skill. They usually have two parts to the day where we can look at several subject areas or focus purely on one area such as wiring techniques, wreath making, garlanding, funeral tributes or our speciality the fine art of bridal bouquets. £450 pp + VAT pp
"Large Installation For Professional Florists" Full day workshop (in my garden) learn the mechanics when making a large show stopping installation. 10 am - 4.30 pm lunch included £500 + VAT pp
"Playing with Flowers" (Half Day) workshop 1:1 or 1:2 (bring a friend) sessions Purely designed for those new to flower arranging but who wish just to play with the flowers! Come away feeling more confident and with a much greater appreciation and understanding of the art of flower arranging. Learn how to arrange a classical urn arrangement, a hand tied gift wrapped hostess bouquet or make a wreath - what ever you want. Cost £180 + VAT pp
Fresh coffee and home made cake come as standard and home made lunch on all full day workshops.
Please email me if you are interested in booking any of the above workshops. The workshops are fitted in around my busy events work diary.