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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.
This incredible old folly set in a Capability Brown designed landscape is only five minutes from Moss & Stone. You can imagine how thrilled Sarah at Simply By Arrangement and I were when the owner said we could run a foam free installation workshop here!
The idea was to create a picnic scene in and around this tumbledown building and with our two lovely workshop guests, Zara Reid and Treea Cracknell. Fortunately we had fabulous photographer Helen Warner on hand to capture each moment.
Various props including the fabulous napkins were supplied by lovely Debbie from Rooms with a View in Diss.
I love 1:1 workshops and this one with Emma Carroll was extra special. She is Emma Joy The Wedding Planner and she is going to be married herself very soon and decided to come to me for a little bit of experimentation with flowers and bouquets before the big day. This lady is super talented - she had a very successful career in management and corporate finance, she can make beautiful wedding cakes, she's a great photographer and she knows her way around a bucket of flowers - all of this coupled with an intelligent sense of calm and composure. Nobody is more qualified or better able to organise a wedding! Based on what I witnessed on our day together her own wedding is going to be stunning. Her very talented mum - yes it seems to run in families - will be 'doing the flowers' with a little help from Emma. And I think we can expect floral heaven - just at look at what she created on her day with me!
Oh and while she was here, she managed to capture me and my faithful flowery helper Daisy which I really rather liked. For Emma's take on our day together - do take a look at her blog post all about it.
Once again Julie of Peonies & Posies and I were delighted to welcome our workshop guests into Julie's gorgeous garden for our Gather & Grow for Summer Workshop. This time we were joined by Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme, Lucy Hunter of Lucy Hunter Design, Rachel Slater of Owl House Flowers, Lindsay Lockhart and Adrian Wigan plus photographer Sarah George. We feel terribly honoured that our guests choose to come and spend time with us, some travelling considerable distances. It can be a lonely life as a flower farmer or florist and its wonderful to know that lovely friendships are forged whilst the flowery talk flows and that we all learn and feel reinvigorated by these exchanges.
Although we had a typical summers day, full of thunder, lightening, rain and thankfully, warm temperatures we managed to dodge the showers as Julie showed us her cutting garden and explained her rose growing philosophy.
We then enjoyed a lovely lunch al fresco sharing stories and ideas on how to encourage your garden to grow and produce lovely successional flowers to cut and enjoy. Eventually and finally, we had to drag ourselves away to the coach house where I had gathered together some wonderful summer blooms from mine and Julie's cutting gardens for our summer table centres. The growing season has been so odd this year we actually had ranunculus and roses - peonies and dahlias to choose from! I hope you enjoy what we did with them!
Julie of Peonies & Posies and I were so excited to hold our first ever Cutting Garden Collective workshop this Spring. The idea was that Julie would share her tremendous knowledge and experience of how to create a successful cutting garden in the morning and after a delicious lunch cooked by us, I would demonstrate how to use those cut flowers in a table centre in the afternoon. You can imagine how pleased we were when we discovered that people also liked this idea and wanted to come along and join us. We were delighted to welcome Sandra Driver, Rosie Childs, Teresa Parkins, Sofie Paton-Smith and Suzy Gyde. Here are a few images of what we got up to.
Finally, we were lucky enough to have Julie's very talented son Harry make a beautiful film of our day which gives a real taste of what we got up to.
Friday 13th is considered unlucky for some but this January it proved to be a wonderfully inspiring day for both me and my lovely, talented Moss & Stone one to one workshop guest, Jay Archer. The brief was simple; just whatever - but lots of flowers and big!Read More