On a bitterly cold but bright, sunshiny November day, Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme and I held our Workshop, A Winter Gathering, in her beautiful garden and converted coach house. we were joined by a wonderful group of florists, all with varied experience and interests. Julie King (Peonies & Posies)who writes a garden blog and is passionate about her stunning cutting garden and using seasonal flowers, Sarah Statham (Simply By Arrangement) who holds the most wonderfully inspirational floral workshops from her ’small corner’ of Yorkshire, Ruth who once owned a beautiful hotel on the West coast of Scotland and did all the hotel flowers there for nearly thirty years, Sarah Whiting (Nettlewood Flowers) a talented flower farmer and florist from Teddington, Jen Sayers (Foxtail Floral Design) who is a skilled freelance florist from Suffolk and Helen Jackson (Petal & Pot), a lovely wedding and event florist based in Walthamstow. The idea was to create together a beautiful atmospheric installation with in which we could enjoy a candlelight feast once darkness descended.
We were lucky enough to be joined by the amazing and lovely fine art photographer Hannah Duffy who documented our day.
If you would like to read more information about this workshop Rona Wheeldon wrote up a lovely interview with me on her blog Flowerona.