Upcoming Workshops Moss & Stone Floral Design

Upcoming workshops using flowers, florals, British garden foliages and cutting garden blooms, create table centres, bouquets, urns and flower crowns.

Paradise Found: A Floral Escape

with Fiona Pickles and Brigitte Girling at Saltmarshe Hall

September 30th-October 3rd 2019

escape

verb: to slip or get away, from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty

Image - Barnaby Aldrick

Image - Barnaby Aldrick

Imagine an archetypal English estate that dates back to the Norman Conquest of 1066 coupled with a stunning 19th century listed Georgian country house straight out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel.

Picture a river flowing gently by, just a stone’s throw away (don’t jump in this one though, Mr Darcy, it’s very wide and rather fast flowing!).

Seventeen acres of rolling parkland full of ancient trees and hidden wildlife, alongside a beautiful old walled garden, grand herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and numerous woodlands.

This is Saltmarshe Hall.

Image - Barnaby Aldrick

Image - Barnaby Aldrick

Saltmarshe Hall is located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England and is where Fiona of Firenza Floral Design and I will be ready and waiting to share our Paradise Found Floral Escape with you.

We will wake to the sound of birdsong, the scent of garden roses and the rush of the nearby meandering river. We will forage from the parkland, pick from the formal gardens, immerse ourselves in flowers and dine each evening in country house style.

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Join us for a four day immersive experience, carefully designed to teach you our design philosophies, our thought processes, colour theories and the practical skills required for a huge variety of floral pieces.

You will create small delicate considered individual works of art for a table, large, voluptuous urns, imposing, gravity defying floral installations and you will also experience how to make our signature style bouquets.

Along with our resident photographer Holly of Belle and Beau and resident stylist Sundari Ferris, we will discuss how to use social media to grow your business and the need to know fundamentals of floral photography and how to effortlessly style your work for maximum impact.

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Image - Belle and Beau

No matter what stage you are at in your floral journey Brigitte and/or I will have been there in some form or other, so this is a fabulous opportunity to benefit from our experiences. This will be as close as you get to plugging straight into our brains and downloading it all!

As ever, we will be working without the use of floral foam and we will host a group “Foam-free forum’ where we can all discuss and share our thoughts, techniques and ways forward for foam free working.

 
Fiona Pickles - Image Belle and Beau

Fiona Pickles - Image Belle and Beau

About Fiona

Fiona has been in the floral industry since 2005, having re-trained after a career in the Print industry. Starting Firenza Flowers in the days before social media, Fiona knows first hand just how hard it was to establish a new business, without a shop and now relishes the fabulous opportunities social media offers floristry businesses.

Having established a career as a very successful and extremely busy wedding florist, Fiona stepped away from this world in 2015 to pursue her own, very individual style of floral design.

Fiona now works almost exclusively with British flowers and is heavily influenced by her lifelong love of the garden, growing many of her own flowers at her West Yorkshire home.

Specialising in large, dramatic floral installations, Fiona now spends most of her time teaching other florists who want to learn Fiona’s techniques and style. She also designs and creates large scale pieces of ‘floral art’ as private commissions, working mostly with hotels, gardens and stately homes.

 
Brigitte girling - Image Belle and Beau

Brigitte girling - Image Belle and Beau

About Brigitte

Having always loved flowers, gardening and being outdoors Brigitte often felt in her previous life as a school teacher, usually stuck in an over warm classroom, that something was missing. She loved encouraging learning but yearned to engage with the natural world and be more creative on a daily basis.

So after retraining as a florist and spending many years honing her craft as a freelancer, Moss & Stone Floral Design was founded over three years ago. This allowed her the freedom to follow her heart and work with the seasons, using locally sourced British flowers in a very natural, garden style providing considered, floral art for weddings and events.

Brigitte's love of teaching continues as she passes on her knowledge, skills and love of flowers to the many guests she welcomes to her Suffolk studio where she runs floral workshops and classes. 

 
Holly Rattray

Holly Rattray

About Holly

Holly Rattray is the owner of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography, and is an internationally acclaimed fine art wedding photographer.

She has received recognition for her beautiful, delicate, romantic photography with accolades for her fine art style from The Telegraph and Photo Professional Magazine.

Her fresh luminous photography is regularly featured in editorial worldwide including Brides Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Magazine, Wedding Sparrow, 100 Layer Cake, Magnolia Rouge, Once Wed, Hochzeitsguide and many more.'

 
Sundari Ferris

Sundari Ferris

About Sundari

A self titled atmosphere designer, Sundari is a creative stylist and art director based in South Buckinghamshire.

From wedding and event design through to fashion editorials across Europe - her work is known for its layered, romantic and feminine feel. Pulling much of her inspiration and design work from love stories, mythology and literature, Sundari works on evoking emotions and all the senses without her creations.

She spends much of her days painting textured backdrops, designing for her international clients and creating stories through editorials to inspire. 

“Often as a child, I would send myself off into the distant dream world and found myself exploring and creating stories constantly. I seek to ignite emotion in the individual be it within a table design or editorial. The design must have a story to tell to add something unique and truly special for the on-looker"

 
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Accommodation

We will have full and exclusive use of Saltmarshe Hall and its extensive grounds from your arrival on the afternoon of Monday 30th, through to departure after another full day on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd October. 

Your will have your own delightful room; either a suite or a spacious double, all with private en-suite. All the rooms are the absolute height of luxury, decorated in a beautifully understated way and include either King or SuperKing beds, bath robes and tea and coffee making facilities.  

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The rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you want one of the glorious suites don’t hesitate!

What is included:

Your own private room and bathroom for three nights. Check in from 3pm on Monday 30th September.

Three nights luxury accommodation

Three breakfasts

Three lunches

Three 3-course suppers with wine*

Drinks and snacks throughout the day**

All tuition (see below for details)

All flowers, foliages and equipment

Ribbon

Snips

Vessel to take home with you

Professional images

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What is not included

Transport to and from Saltmarshe Hall

Extra drinks purchased from the bar

Fiona and Brigitte foraging. Image - Belle and Beau

Fiona and Brigitte foraging. Image - Belle and Beau

Who can attend

Our escape is aimed at florists primarily, maybe you are wanting to update your skills, or maybe just invest a bit of time on yourself whilst learning new skills and meeting some amazing and like minded people. You don’t have to be a florist to join us though, maybe you are just starting out on your flowery journey, or maybe you are a creative keen to immerse yourself in flower

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What we will cover

Our design philosophies, thought processes and colour theories 

Foraging and how to do it sympathetically (and legally!)

A delicate table centre - demonstration and create your own

A large urn design - demonstration and create your own

Large scale, foam-free installations - group activity

Free form, romantic bouquets

Floral photography masterclass

Styling masterclass

Brigitte and Fiona ‘ask anything’ group session

Group ‘foam-free forum’ 

Image - Belle and Beau

Image - Belle and Beau

Itinerary

A more detailed itinerary will be released to our booked guests in the run up to the escape.

Investment

£2,445

You can choose to either pay in full now or in two instalments, pay £1,225 now to book your place and £1,220 by 9th August 2019.

Getting there

By car:

Saltmarshe Hall is about a 10 minute drive from junction 37 on the M62

By plane - the nearest airports:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (28 miles)

Humberside Airport (37 miles)

Leeds Bradford Airport (55miles)

Manchester International Airport (89 milies)

By train:

The nearest train station is Howden (there is also a station at Saltmarshe with a very sporadic service)

Cancellation Policy

We have a very strict and transparent cancellation policy which applies in all circumstance, so please ensure you understand them prior to booking.

Before 9th August 2019: 50% charge applies

After (and including) 9th August 2019: 100% charge applies

NB If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, we cannot refund your fees, even if the place subsequently gets filled.

Exceptional Circumstances

We cannot be held liable for situations beyond our control, including (but not limited to) acts of war, acts of God, threats or acts of terrorism, civil unrest or unforeseen personal circumstances. We also can’t offer refunds for illness, flight delays or any other circumstances. Please ensure you have adequate insurance in place to cover for this.

Cancellation on our part

In the event of a teacher cancellation, every effort will be made to deliver the same content by another accomplished teacher. If we need to cancel the escape, we will refund the money you have paid so far.

We cannot be held responsible for other costs – such as flights or any other incidentals and strongly recommend you have insurance in place to cover this.

Booking the escape deems your acceptance of these terms.

* We want you to thoroughly enjoy your time with us, but not too much that you will be dancing on the tables, so we have included 2 glasses of wine per supper each, after this you have access to the bar where you can put further drinks on your room for you to settle at the end of your stay.

** Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided morning and afternoon, if you want more (we are confident you won’t have room for a single thing!) you can put it on your room for you to settle at the end of your stay

Image - Barnaby Aldrick

Image - Barnaby Aldrick

Gather & Grow Roses

The Cutting Garden Collective Workshop - A  collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Rose (n.)

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin rosa; unconscious beauty

The rose - arguably the most loved and popular flower ever and the focus of this workshop. Julie and Brigitte will provide expert guidance on how to successfully grow beautiful summer roses for cutting in your garden and then artfully decorate your home with your own carefully nurtured, freshly picked blooms. 

The morning session will take place in the inspiring atmosphere of Julie's stunning cutting garden just outside Bury St Edmunds, you will receive a full day of practical and hands on guidance. We will wander her beautiful plot for a couple of hours whilst Julie encourages the skills and confidence you need to sow, plan and plant a gorgeous cutting patch of your own for a continuous supply of blooms to arrange and enjoy.. She will show you around her garden, talk about her growing year, discuss various seed sowing techniques and how to successfully nurture your roses and achieve successional flowers. 

Then we will travel 15 minutes down the road to Brigitte’s garden - a very less organised and very untidy affair! - for a delicious light lunch. After which, Brigitte will demonstrate how to use some of Julie's gorgeous roses and other summer delicacies to create a high summer inspired arrangement. She will discuss both the practicalities of how to condition and care for your flowers to maximise their vase life and her philosophy of letting the flowers and nature guide you when arranging. Then it will be your turn to have a go - you will forage for foliage and perhaps add a few bits from the garden to the carefully selected flowers that Brigitte will have waiting for you to arrange and then take home and enjoy.

Places are limited to 6.

See images below from last year’s class.

 

“I really had the loveliest time with you and Julie. The combination of both your skills and expertise was so fabulous and I absolutely loved the easy and relaxed qualities of the day and both your teaching styles. I learnt so much...It was completely perfect in every way and especially wonderful to spend time with someone who also chats to the flowers and understands about them needing to have their say as well! All in all just wonderful.”

                                                                                                                               — Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme

Date:

Tuesday June 18th 2019

Cost:

£295 per person

Time:

9.30am - 4pm approx

Venue:

Great Barton & Rickinghall, Suffolk

Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling

Spring Spry with Twisted sisters

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SPRY:

synonyms: lively, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimble;

"Do what you please, follow your own star, be original if you want to be and don't if you don't want to be. Just be natural and light-hearted and pretty and simple and over flowing and general and baroque and bare and austere and stylised and wild and daring and conservative and learn and learn and learn. Open your mind to every form of beauty."

Constance Spry

BIRDS OF A FEATHER:

Idiomatic phrase: People having similar characters, backgrounds and interests.

Birds congregate with birds of their own species.

Image - Matthew Walsh Photography
Image - Matthew Walsh Photography

THE WORKSHOP

Join Twisted Sisters and Moss & Stone for an exciting and indulgent two day workshop which sees us returning to the stunning and historic venue, Broadfield. Set in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside this workshop will be held within the house, grounds and stunningly beautiful and textured outbuildings using an abundance of the very best seasonal flowers and foliage from the Twisted Sisters Flower Farm. You will be encouraged to explore and think outside the box whilst going big, loose and wild with your creations!

The workshop aims to be intensive whilst the relaxed, friendly and inspiring atmosphere and environment will allow you to work at your own pace. It is designed in such a way that you will get the most out of your time spent with us. You will get the opportunity to create a number of installation pieces and learn new techniques without the use of floral foam.

Aimed at anyone with an interest in floral design, from beginners to experienced florists, stylists to event planners and designers everyone is welcome, even if you just want a couple of days away creating. Matt, our chosen professional photographer will be in attendance throughout the workshop. Wherever you feel you fit into this picture, help will be on hand and additionally we advocate open discussions in order to get the most from the workshop. 


THE SCHEDULE

Image - Matthew Walsh Photography
Image - Matthew Walsh Photography

DAY ONE

1000-1600

An elaborate tablescape and hanging installation using an abundance of seasonal blooms is on the itinerary for today. You will gather inspiration, consider design and styling elements and together create a sumptuous dining table and setting fit enough for any King (or Queen). If time allows, you will be introduced to some floral accessories as well as eco-friendly arrangement mechanisms to create with, to be incorporated into the following days large ‘Birds of a Feather’ installation.

Matt will capture all of your pieces and these images will be sent to you for use after the workshop.

During day one we will collectively discuss different options ready for the day two installation.


DAY TWO

1000-1600

Today, as a group, the creative juices will be flowing as we build and create a spectacular large scale ‘Birds of a Feather’ installation incorporating a number of props and accessories bringing just a touch of surrealism to proceedings. Encouraged to think outside the box, this is sure to be a fun and quirky but fabulous statement of creativity.


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MELISSA ASHLEY TWISTED SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN

Relatively new to floristry and not formally trained, Melissa has enjoyed learning and gaining different skills and styles of floristry from many respected and established creatives in the industry. From Katie at Ponderosa and Thyme to Soil and Stem, Jay Archer, Kiana Underwood(Tulipina), (and more!).

Melissa hails from a design background exhibiting at prestigious venues such as Somerset House and Southwark Cathedral (London). She likes to think outside the box, loves a challenge and is known to push the boundaries on any brief that she is given.

Inspired and intrigued by nature Melissa will quite often explore a more unusual or off beat avenue in her creations. She loves nothing more than (chocolate!) quirky elements and textures in her work.

She has never used floral foam in her own creations and is always thinking and researching different foam free ways to create.


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BRIGITTE GIRLING MOSS AND STONE

Brigitte's floral story began about ten years ago when she trained as a florist. Since then she has been lucky enough to work and learn from some of the flower world’s best designers as a freelance florist.

Realising the importance of ongoing personal growth Brigitte continues to seek out and be invigorated by workshops and classes run by internationally recognised designers, which then inspires and informs her own work.

Brigitte is inspired and nurtured by the fresh awakenings of each changing season drawing on the traditions of English gardens and the wild beauty of the Suffolk countryside around her. Preferring to use flowers and foliage naturally available at their peak of perfection maintains an honesty and enchantment for herself and her clients. 


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DEBBIE HUTCHINSON  TWISTED SISTERS FLOWERS FARM

I am the worker (and comedian) of the Twisted Sisters outfit, or that is what I keep telling everyone!!

After retiring and settling the family in Herefordshire, I found my new calling in life, in the middle of a field, on my own, covered in mud, after having the bright idea of setting up a flower farm, on our little piece of England. #simples 😳

For the two day workshop, expect copious amounts of delightful dahlias, amazing amaranth,  zingy zinnias, stunning sunflowers to name a few.


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MATTHEW WALSH PHOTOGRAPHER

Photographically Matt enjoys capturing people, unique moments in time, shadow, light and colour, creating a lasting final document and preserving a memory. He likes to show the more subtle elements of life, preferring a less conventional composition that captures the emotion, honesty an humour in a given moment in time.

Matt caught our eye with his clean, slightly different view at life through the lens. Here at Twisted Sisters we very much champion out of the ordinary and those artists who are prepared to blur the lines from what is considered 'normal'. We feel that Matt will bring style and an edge to the workshop images. 

Matt will be available throughout the 2 day workshop to capture you and your creations.


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BROADFIELD COURT VENUE

Nestled in the stunning Herefordshire countryside, Broadfield is a historic country house and wedding events venue set in beautiful gardens and grounds. Parts of  the house date back to the 14th century, with current renovations set to combine its heritage and history with carefully chosen elegant, modern touches.

The grounds at Broadfield provide an incredible back drop for workshops, with many different spaces to work from, including the David Austin rose garden, the walled kitchen garden, sweeping lawns, magical woods and numerous courtyard and outbuildings. Just 20 minutes from the city of Hereford, Broadfield's tranquility and beauty is inspiring. 

Our chosen venue oozes character and charm, its age gives plenty of texture, in-fact we think it is perfect for a floral backdrop.


SECURE YOUR PLACE

We would absolutely love for you to join us on our Spring Spry “Birds of a Feather’ workshop. Our aim is to teach you some of our favourite new and old techniques in an environmentally friendly way. The workshop will allow you to experiment, and we would hope that you will leave us after the two days more confident and knowledgeable, happy that you have gained new skills and some wonderful new friends. 

Cost of two day workshop              £925

There is a split-payment option constituting a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to the workshop start date.

PLACES ARE LIMITED, TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST CLICK HERE

Materials and snips will be provided.

A delicious lunch and drinks will be provided. Hot and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day as well as cake and snacks to keep you going!!

Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

The nearest train stations are Leominster or Hereford and we can recommend various accommodation in the area, including the newly refurbished rooms at Broadfield. Both train stations are a short drive away. Directions to Broadfield can be found here.

Accommodation and transport not included. 

A minimum number of attendees are required to run this workshop.

Gather & Grow Your Instagram

A  collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies, Paula of Hill House Vintage and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Best 9 2018 - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Best 9 2018 - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Instagram (n.)

The word Instagram is a portmanteau of instant camera and telegram

Source - Wikipedia

A seemingly strange and complicated world, Instagram and how to get yourself noticed there can seem utterly bewildering. A place manipulated by an unknown, ever changing algorithm, strange hashtags and an ability to cause hours of your life to evaporate, it can be a love it or loathe it necessity for today’s creatives, bloggers and small business owners.

But help is at hand!

Paula from Hill House Vintage, an Instagram star with nearly 60 thousand followers, will be joining Julie and I on this day long class. We aim to demystify the art of Instagram, guiding you through ways to improve your Feed, your Stories and how to engage your audience and so increase your following. The morning will begin with Paula sharing her vast Instagram knowledge and top tips to help you make the most of your Instagram experience. This will be followed by some hands on practical advice on styling and photography by Brigitte and Julie. and because the class will take place in Brigitte’s beautiful home and garden, you will have access to an array of props, flowers, rooms and settings to encourage your creative juices. After a delicious light lunch, where we can continue to discuss Instagram strategies, we will move on to Stories and how to engage with your target audience using this relatively new feature. At the end of the day you will leave with some new ideas for Instagrammable images, a fully prepared story to share on your Instagram stories and a notebook full of ideas to help develop your account.

This class is suitable for anyone interested in developing and growing their Instagram account but will be of particular interest to anyone using interiors, homes, gardens and flowers on their feed.

Places are limited.

Date:

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Cost:

£295 per person

Time:

9.30am - 3.30pm approx

Venue:

Brook House, Rickinghall, Suffolk

Image - Julie King

Julie

Peonies & Posies

I love to share my passion for flowers - how to grow them, ideas on styling and lots of flowery photographs on my blog and Instagram. Mixed in with all the flowers you will also find posts about my country family life in England gardening, growing vegetables, recipes, keeping chickens as well as a few guest appearances from my many pets.

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Paula

Hill House Vintage

I am an interiors obsessed mother of 3 who thought it would be a great idea to bring her children up in the countryside. I'm a sucker for a 'shabby chic' interior, adore finding bargains on e-bay and an avid hunter at local flea markets and antique fairs. My blog and Instagram are about interior decoration to suit all budgets, vintage finds, traditional British design and country house inspiration...

Image - Gina Dover Jaques

Brigitte

Moss & Stone Floral Design

I just simply love flowers - designing with them, growing them and enjoying them cultivated and wild in the garden and the hedgerow. I provide seasonal flowers for weddings and events throughout Suffolk, East Anglia and beyond and I love sharing my knowledge and passion when teaching my flower workshops. I also really enjoy collaborations, styled shoots and editorial work. 

Gather & Grow Tulips

The Cutting Garden Collective Workshop - A  collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Tulip (n.) 

Late 16thC.,  from Persian dulband ‘turban’,  perfect love

On this tulip focused workshop, Julie and Brigitte will provide expert guidance on how to successfully grow beautiful spring flowers for cutting in your garden and then artfully decorate your home with your own carefully nurtured, freshly picked blooms. 

The morning session will take place in the inspiring atmosphere of Julie's stunning cutting garden just outside Bury St Edmunds. We will wander her beautiful plot for a couple of hours whilst Julie encourages the skills and confidence you need to sow, plan and plant a gorgeous cutting patch of your own for a continuous supply of blooms to arrange and enjoy. Based on her many years of experience, she will talk about her growing year, discuss various seed sowing techniques and how to successfully grow armfuls of tulips. 

Then we will travel 15 minutes down the road to Brigitte’s garden - comparatively, a very less organised and very untidy affair! - for a delicious light lunch. After which, Brigitte will demonstrate how to use some of Julie's gorgeous tulips and other spring delicacies to create a beautiful dutch master inspired arrangement. She will discuss both the practicalities of how to condition and care for your flowers to maximise their vase life and her philosophy of letting the flowers and nature guide you when arranging. Then it will be your turn to have a go - you will forage for foliage and perhaps add a few bits from the garden to the carefully selected flowers that Brigitte will have waiting for you to arrange and to then take home and enjoy.

Places are limited to 6.

See images below from last year’s class.

I really had the loveliest time with you and Julie. The combination of both your skills and expertise was so fabulous and I absolutely loved the easy and relaxed qualities of the day and both your teaching styles. I learnt so much...It was completely perfect in every way and especially wonderful to spend time with someone who also chats to the flowers and understands about them needing to have their say as well! All in all just wonderful
— Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme

Date:

Wednesday April 24th 2019

Cost:

£295 per person

Time:

9.30am - 4pm approx

Venue:

Great Barton & Rickinghall, Suffolk

Image - Julie King
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Gilring
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Girling
Image - Brigitte Gilring

A Spring Study

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Date:

9th April 2019

Description:

With signs of spring unfurling everywhere we will wander my garden and see how the season is progressing whilst seeking out hidden treasures. Every day brings forth a new gem, perhaps a fresh blossom, a tulip or a new narcissus - lush greens, muddy brown hellebores and bold bulbs. We will discuss the many things that you can use for arrangements that are often overlooked and my flower choice philosophy. I will then demonstrate a large urn arrangement using blossom and spring flowers from the best that is available at this time of year plus a few extra special bits that we may gather from the garden. It will be a no foam arrangement. This will be followed by a lovely two course light lunch - hopefully outside if its beautiful weather. Then it will be your turn to create your own beautiful spring urn arrangement under my guidance that you will be able to take home. All your work will be photographed for your own use later. 

See below for beautiful attendee images from last year’s class by Gina Dover Jaques.

Cost:

£295 per person

Time:

10.30am - 3.30pm

Venue:

Brook House, Rickinghall, Suffolk

Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques
Image - Gina Dover Jaques

The Art of Floral Photography - Fully booked

How to capture the beauty of your work with fine art photographer Helen Warner and floral artist Brigitte Girling

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Many of us struggle to truly capture the beauty of our work the way a professional photographer can. However, we all know that given the ephemeral, transient nature of our craft, a beautiful photograph is the only way to preserve our designs and collate a portfolio of our floral creativity, skill and intrinsic style.

If you would like to learn some simple, basic rules about using your camera effectively, understanding the role of light and how it works within your workspace or location to create photographs you can be proud of, then this may be the workshop for you!

We will begin the day creating a beautiful bowl arrangement using seasonal flowers and foliages. I will demonstrate how I create an arrangement and discuss some of my thought processes and then you will be free to design your own arrangement before a light lunch.

In the afternoon, Helen Warner, an extremely experienced fine art wedding photographer with a passion (bordering on obsession!) for flowers, will guide you through a simple process for framing and crafting a photograph of your work for your portfolio, thinking about light, positioning and story telling.

You will not need a ‘posh’ camera, an iphone or equivalent will be fine. Although the idea of the day is to inspire confidence and encourage you to move away from relying on phone pics in the future! If you do have a fancier camera, Helen will help you understand the basic principles of good photographic technique and how to break away from those automatic settings! Then all you will need to do is practice, practice, practice!

Places are limited.

Date:

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Time:

10.30am - 4pm approx

Venue:

Abbey Hall, Eye, Suffolk

Cost:

£295 per person

Spring Love: A Fine Art Wedding Retreat - Fully Booked

I still remember the sweetest things that you've ever said to me
because it's so relaxing & beautiful
that only your words can compare
like I can really sit & reminisce as if you were standing right there
Every beautiful flower
only compliments your looks
& their sweet scent
like the thought of you
will forever have me hooked
& even when 1 day ends
as morning fades to night 
it reminds me of when I first met & you used to wink at me
I smile & wink back
our love is like the spring.
By Ariel Miles

Florals - Moss & stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography



Spring Love: A Fine Art Wedding Retreat has been designed by The Timeless Stylist, Hannah Duffy Photography and Moss & Stone Floral Design, with the soul intention of bringing together like-minded wedding suppliers to inspire, relax and learn. Our aim is for you to have an inspiring and relaxing few days in the beautiful house and grounds of Boconnoc in Cornwall, leaving feeling ready for the forthcoming wedding season.

The primary focus of the 3-day event is learning to get the most out of your shoots - both editorial and real weddings - and how when the photographer and stylist are in line (with each other and all suppliers), you can create magic. As well as capturing and learning from a styled shoot, you will hear from Sara Russell, Editor & Founder of Wedding Sparrow blog, on branding, social media, getting published and networking. You will also hear from the team running the retreat, as to their top tips relating to fine art photography, design & styling and floral design, and bringing all of these elements together beautifully and consistently.

Whilst you will learn a lot on these 3 days, there will also be chance to relax and network with other wedding suppliers, as well as being spoilt in a stunning venue with fine-dining food and drink. You will receive a welcome gift bag full of beautiful and bespoke items from fellow fine art wedding suppliers and local businesses to Boconnoc. Other treats you can expect to receive are beautifully designed fine art stationery and learning materials, and a chance to have fun with some flowers. You will leave the retreat on the last day feeling full of information, happy to have met some new people, excited for the images for your portfolio and ready to start the busy season ahead.

Please see below for all that is included in the retreat.


Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography

Investment includes:
* Arrival at Boconnoc at around 3pm on Tuesday 26th March
* A beautiful welcome gift bag and fine art stationery with literature for your stay and beyond
* Chance to settle in and explore Boconnoc
* Welcome drinks reception with introductions by Amy from The Timeless Stylist and Hannah Duffy
* Talk by Sara of Wedding Sparrow on branding, social media, getting published and networking
* The chance to capture a beautifully laid table, styled by Amy and with florals from Brigitte of Moss & Stone
* 3-course fine-dining evening meal at the styled table, with drinks provided
* Chance to chat to Sara, Amy, Hannah and Brigitte in a relaxed environment at Boconnoc
* A relaxed breakfast with each other on the morning of Wednesday 27th March
* A full day styled shoot created by the team,, with the ability for all to capture and learn from the experts
* Receive tips & tricks from Amy, Hannah and Brigitte, as well as individual talks and lessons from each of them
* A further 3-course fine-dining evening meal with drinks, served on the tablescape created in the styled shoot
* A relaxed breakfast with each other on the morning of Thursday 28th March
* A relaxed, posy-making floristry session with Brigitte of Moss & Stone
* The retreat will finish with an optional relaxing yoga session, leaving you feeling relaxed and inspired.

Investment includes your own luxury room at Boconnoc for the 2 nights
Investment does not include your travel and evening beverages post-dinner.

26th - 28th March 2019
Boconnoc, Cornwall
Current investment of £1425 (early-bird price until 22nd January). Full ticket price is £1625
Places are limited, in order to create a bespoke and intimate few days.

Please note that whilst Hannah uses film in her fine art photography work and Wedding Sparrow accept only film photography work, this retreat is not aimed solely at film photographers. You will receive advice in general relating to styled shoots and weddings, and securing publications. This retreat is aimed at fine art photographers and stylists looking to develop their skills and be inspired, but it is very much open to all in the wedding industry.

To reserve your place at Spring Love: A Fine Art Wedding Retreat, we require a 50% non-refundable booking fee. Please see full terms & conditions on the booking page and please also note that your place is only reserved once we receive the full booking fee.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Creative Team & Speakers:

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography

Design & Styling: Amy from The Timeless Stylist
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Film Photography: Hannah Duffy
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Floral Design: Brigitte from

Moss & Stone
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Expert Speaker: Sara from

Wedding Sparrow
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PURCHASE TICKETS

If you wish to ask any questions on the retreat, you are very welcome to email them to fineartweddingretreat@thetimelessstylist.co.uk or contact Amy here.
You can also follow along on Instagram on @fineartweddingretreat








Gather & Grow Dahlias

The Cutting Garden Collective Workshop - A  collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Image & Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Dahlia (n.)

any herbaceous perennial plant of the Mexican genus Dahlia, having showy flowers and tuberous roots - no blue variety has ever been cultivated hence blue dahlia; figurative expression for something impossible or unattainable

The dahlia - one of the most generous, varied and colourful plants you can grow in your garden. Julie and Brigitte will provide expert guidance on how to successfully grow beautiful dahlias for cutting in your garden and then artfully decorate your home with your own carefully nurtured, freshly picked blooms. 

Taking place in the inspiring atmosphere of Julie's stunning cutting garden just outside Bury St Edmunds, you will receive a full day of practical and hands on guidance. With her many years of growing experience Julie will give you the skills and confidence you need to sow, plan and plant a gorgeous cutting patch of your own for a continuous supply of blooms to arrange and enjoy. She will show you around her garden, talk about her growing year, discuss various seed sowing techniques and how to successfully nurture your dahlias and achieve successional flowers. 

After a delicious light lunch, Brigitte will demonstrate how to use some of Julie's gorgeous dahlias and other autumn delicacies to create a beautiful arrangement. She will discuss both the practicalities of how to condition and care for your flowers to maximise their vase life and her philosophy of letting the flowers and nature guide you when arranging. Then it will be your turn to have a go - you will forage for foliage and perhaps add a few bits from the garden to the carefully selected flowers that Brigitte will have waiting for you to arrange and then take home and enjoy.

Places are limited to 6.

Date:

Tuesday October 16th 2018

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

9.30am - 3.30pm approx

Venue:

Great Barton, Suffolk

An Autumn Study

Image - Brigitte Girling | Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Date:

2nd October 2018

Description:

With the slow summer days cooling down and sliding into Autumn, we will wander my garden and see how the season is progressing whilst seeking out hidden treasures. The dahlias will be at their best alongside the second flush of garden roses, while other little gems such as chocolate cosmos, rudbeckia and gaura will be quietly flowering as the leaves gently begin to change colour. We will discuss the many things that you can use for arrangements that are often overlooked and my flower choice philosophy. I will then demonstrate a large urn arrangement using branches and Autumn flowers from the best that is available at this time of year plus a few extra special bits that we may gather from the garden. It will be a no foam arrangement. This will be followed by a lovely two course light lunch. Then it will be your turn to create your own beautiful autumnal urn arrangement under my guidance that you will be able to take home. All your work will be photographed for your own use later. 

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

10.30am - 3.30pm

Venue:

Brook House, Rickinghall, Suffolk

September Spry

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SPRY:

synonyms:    lively, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimble;

 

"Do what you please, follow your own star, be original if you want to be and don't if you don't want to be. Just be natural and light-hearted and pretty and simple and over flowing and general and baroque and bare and austere and stylised and wild and daring and conservative and learn and learn and learn. Open your mind to every form of beauty."

Constance Spry

Image - Melissa Ashley
Image - Melissa Ashley

THE WORKSHOP

Join Twisted Sisters and Moss & Stone for an indulgent two day workshop at the stunning and historic venue, Broadfield. Set in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside this workshop will be held within the house and grounds using an abundance of seasonal, freshly harvested flowers and foliage from the Twisted Sisters Flower Farm. You will be encouraged to explore, and go wild and loose with your creations!

The workshop will be intensive and is designed in such a way it enables you to maximise your time spent with us. All the best flowers and foliage will be cut from the farm and conditioned ready for you to 'just' create. In a relaxed, friendly, inspiring environment with no pressure, we will give you the opportunity to create bouquets, centrepieces, archways and more. You will be able to work at your own pace but at the same time we will encourage you to capture as many portfolio images as flowers and time permits. 

Aimed at anyone with an interest in floral design, from beginners wanting to establish portfolios, to florists and designers who would like to refresh theirs, everyone is welcome even if you just want a couple of days away creating. Matt, our chosen professional photographer will be in attendance throughout the workshop. Wherever you feel you fit into this picture, help will be on hand and additionally we advocate open discussions in order to get the most from the workshop. 

THE SCHEDULE

Optional: Whilst the two day workshop officially commences on Tuesday18 September, however we will be having an informal meet and greet on the Monday evening to get to know each other.

Image - Melissa Ashley
Florals - Twisted Sisters | Image - Sabine Darrall

DAY ONE

1000-1800

Explanation, demonstration, and practice of different hand tied bouquets and table arrangements using an abundance of seasonal blooms. You will be shown how to make the mechanism of the moment the 'mossage' and these will be used in various ways over the two days. You will have the opportunity to style your creations, a selection of ribbons and backdrops will be supplied to add those finishing touches.

Broadfield provides many opportunities to photograph your work so that you have a gorgeous bank of images for your portfolio. Matt will capture all of your pieces and these images will be sent to you for use after the workshop.

During day one we will collectively discuss different options ready for the day two installation.

Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography
Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design | Image - Hannah Duffy Photography

DAY TWO

0900-1800

Today, as a group we will get your creative juices flowing. We will build and create the groups choice of elaborate installation pieces, combine and explore what opportunities the venue has to offer, as well as using other freestanding structures. Incorporating the mossages made on day, one we will show you just how versatile these are in floral design.  

 

MELISSA ASHLEY TWISTED SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN

Image - Sebastian Conrad

Relatively new to floristry and not formally trained, Melissa has enjoyed learning and gaining different skills and styles of floristry from many respected and established creatives in the industry. From Katie at Ponderosa and Thyme to Soil and Stem, Jay Archer, Kiana Underwood(Tulipina), (and more!).

Melissa hails from a design background exhibiting at prestigious venues such as Somerset House and Southwark Cathedral (London). She likes to think outside the box, loves a challenge and is known to push the boundaries on any brief that she is given.

Inspired and intrigued by nature Melissa will quite often explore a more unusual or off beat avenue in her creations. She loves nothing more than (chocolate!) quirky elements and textures in her work.

She has never used floral foam in her own creations and is always thinking and researching different foam free ways to create.

 
Image - Gina Dover-Jaques Photography

BRIGITTE GIRLING MOSS AND STONE

Brigitte's floral story began about ten years ago when she trained as a florist. Since then she has been lucky enough to work and learn from some of the flower world’s best designers as a freelance florist.

Realising the importance of ongoing personal growth Brigitte continues to seek out and be invigorated by workshops and classes run by internationally recognised designers, which then inspires and informs her own work.

Brigitte is inspired and nurtured by the fresh awakenings of each changing season drawing on the traditions of English gardens and the wild beauty of the Suffolk countryside around her. Preferring to use flowers and foliage naturally available at their peak of perfection maintains an honesty and enchantment for herself and her clients. 

 
Image - Twisted Sisters

DEBBIE HUTCHINSON  TWISTED SISTERS FLOWERS FARM

am the worker (and comedian) of the Twisted Sisters outfit, or that is what I keep telling everyone!!

After retiring and settling the family in Herefordshire, I found my new calling in life, in the middle of a field, on my own, covered in mud, after having the bright idea of setting up a flower farm, on our little piece of England. #simples 😳

For the two day workshop, expect copious amounts of delightful dahlias, amazing amaranth,  zingy zinnias, stunning sunflowers to name a few.

 
Image - Matthew Walsh

MATTHEW WALSH PHOTOGRAPHER

Photographically Matt enjoys capturing people, unique moments in time, shadow, light and colour, creating a lasting final document and preserving a memory. He likes to show the more subtle elements of life, preferring a less conventional composition that captures the emotion, honesty an humour in a given moment in time.

Matt caught our eye with his clean, slightly different view at life through the lens. Here at Twisted Sisters we very much champion out of the ordinary and those artists who are prepared to blur the lines from what is considered 'normal'. We feel that Matt will bring style and an edge to the workshop images. 

Matt will be available throughout the 2 day workshop to capture you and your creations.

 
Image Courtesy of Broadfield Court

BROADFIELD COURT VENUE

Nestled in the stunning Herefordshire countryside, Broadfield is a historic country house and wedding events venue set in beautiful gardens and grounds. Parts of  the house date back to the 14th century, with current renovations set to combine its heritage and history with carefully chosen elegant, modern touches.

The grounds at Broadfield provide an incredible back drop for workshops, with many different spaces to work from, including the David Austin rose garden, the walled kitchen garden, sweeping lawns, magical woods and numerous courtyard and outbuildings. Just 20 minutes from the city of Hereford, Broadfield's tranquility and beauty is inspiring. 

Our chosen venue oozes character and charm, its age gives plenty of texture, in-fact we think it is perfect for a floral backdrop.

 

SECURE YOUR PLACE

We would absolutely love for you to join us on our Spry workshop. Our aim is to teach you some of our favourite new and old techniques in an environmentally friendly way. The workshop will allow you to experiment, and we would hope that you will leave us after the two days more confident and knowledgeable. Happy that you have gained new skills and some wonderful new friends to continue your floral journey with. 

Cost of two day workshop              £700

Special early bird offer                     £625   (Offer available until 1 July 2018 and requires full payment)                                                                                                                                                                                                          

There is a split-payment option constituting a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to the workshop start date.

Materials and snips will be provided.

PLACES ARE LIMITED, TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST CLICK HERE

The nearest train stations are Leominster or Hereford and we can recommend various accommodation in the area. Both train stations are a short drive away. Directions to Broadfield can be found here.

A delicious lunch and drinks will be provided. Hot and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day as well as cake and snacks to keep you going!!

Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Accommodation and transport not included. 

Floral Renaissance

Floral Renaissance - Firenza Flowers And Moss & Stone

Aimed largely at florists wanting to learn a considered, painterly way of working, without the use of floral foam.  You will learn to design and create small and intricate centrepieces as well as large, dramatic installation pieces.  

Also suitable for other creatives wanting to have a day learning about and working with flowers, in an inspiring environment with lovely people.

Image: Melia Melia Flowers: Firenza Flowers with Moss & Stone and Fox & Thorn

Image: Melia Melia Flowers: Firenza Flowers with Moss & Stone and Fox & Thorn

August 22nd 2018 

Abbey Hall,  Hoxne Road, Eye, Suffolk IP23 7NJ

10.30am - 9.30pm approx

 

'Painting with flowers’. ‘Pieces of art’. ‘Little masterpieces’ .

These are all phrases that have been used to describe the work of Fiona Pickles of Firenza Flowers and Brigitte Girling of Moss & Stone. 

Fiona and Brigitte are going to share the secrets of their way of working - this is your opportunity to learn from both Brigitte and Fiona by day, then join them for a candlelit supper, amongst the array of creations you created, by night.

A full day of learning with plenty of fun and laughter as well and special, seasonal food. 

Fiona Pickles - Image: Belle and Beau

Fiona Pickles - Image: Belle and Beau

Brigitte Girling - Image: Gina Dover Jaques

Brigitte Girling - Image: Gina Dover Jaques

 

In the morning, you will learn how to design a slow, delicate and considered piece of art for a centrepiece. 

 
Image: Belle and Beau. Flowers: Firenza Flowers

Image: Belle and Beau. Flowers: Firenza Flowers

Image: Belle and Beau

Image: Belle and Beau

After a picnic lunch outside on blankets you will master a host of techniques for creating large installations, all painterly and all foam free. 

The space has endless possibilities for various types and designs of installation, all of which will require different techniques and thought processes, which you will get to be part of and work through together. Everything will be created without the use of floral foam so this is perfect chance to learn a variety of techniques, or to build on those you already adopt.

Fiona and Brigitte will work with you as a group and you will get to benefit from their past experiences of working in different and often challenging environments.

Image & Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Image & Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design

The venue - Abbey Hall

Situated in an idyllic location the heart of rural Suffolk, amongst stunning water meadows and overlooking the local church, it is located on the site of the former Benedictine Priory of St Peter built in 1011. The Barn was originally used as a working dairy, then a livestock farm before falling into disuse. It is now a magical space for events and exhibitions.

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All venue images: Gary Rowland

 

The amazing Holly from Belle and Beau will be taking pictures throughout the day.

This class has been a long time in the planning and one that Brigitte and Fiona are both very excited about. Demand is expected to be high, so don’t hesitate, sign up now and join them for a wonderful and unique experience.

 

Outline of day

(actual timings/order may change on the day):

 

10.30 Arrive to tea, coffee and baked goods

11am Centrepiece demonstration - Brigitte and Fiona

11.45 You choose your ingredients and create your centrepiece

1pm Picnic lunch on blankets outside (weather permitting)

2pm Group work on large foam free installations

5pm (appx) Retire to your accommodation to get ready for the evening meal*

7pm   Supper of fresh, seasonal, delicious food with wine

9.30pm (appx) - Carriages

*there is space to relax and sit outside/ upstairs at the venue if you are not staying locally

 
Image & Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Image & Florals - Moss & Stone Floral Design

Investment

£700

 

Payment is required in full due to imminent date. This is NON REFUNDABLE, even if the place is subsequently filled so please ensure you are definitely able to attend prior to booking.

All food and drink throughout the day is included.

Tools, equipment and flowers will be provided. You get to take home your centrepiece (after Supper) as well as a lovely gift. 

A minimum of 6 people needed for the class to go ahead

Maximum 14 places available

We recommend you stay locally to get the full benefit- accommodation is NOT included. 

Image: Fiona Pickles

Image: Fiona Pickles

A Summer study

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Date:

20th June 2018

Description:

With the fresh growth of early Summer well underway, we will wander my garden and see how the season is progressing whilst seeking out hidden treasures. Every day brings forth a new gem, perhaps a returning foxglove, a peony or sweet scented philadelphus - lush greens, soft pinky apricot roses and honey scented sweet peas. We will discuss the many things that you can use for arrangements that are often overlooked and my flower choice philosophy. I will then demonstrate a large urn arrangement using branches and summer flowers from the best that is available at this time of year plus a few extra special bits that we may gather from the garden. It will be a no foam arrangement. This will be followed by a lovely two course light lunch - hopefully outside if its beautiful weather. Then it will be your turn to create your own beautiful summer urn arrangement under my guidance that you will be able to take home. All your work will be photographed for your own use later. 

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

10.30am - 3.30pm

Venue:

Brook House, Rickinghall, Suffolk

Gather & Grow Roses

The Cutting Garden Collective Workshop - A  collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Rose (n.)

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin rosa; unconscious beauty

The rose - arguably the most loved and popular flower ever and the focus of this workshop. Julie and Brigitte will provide expert guidance on how to successfully grow beautiful summer roses for cutting in your garden and then artfully decorate your home with your own carefully nurtured, freshly picked blooms. 

Taking place in the inspiring atmosphere of Julie's stunning cutting garden just outside Bury St Edmunds, you will receive a full day of practical and hands on guidance. With her many years of growing experience Julie will give you the skills and confidence you need to sow, plan and plant a gorgeous cutting patch of your own for a continuous supply of blooms to arrange and enjoy. She will show you around her garden, talk about her growing year, discuss various seed sowing techniques and how to successfully nurture your roses and achieve successional flowers. 

After a delicious light lunch, Brigitte will demonstrate how to use some of Julie's gorgeous roses and other summer delicacies to create a high summer inspired arrangement. She will discuss both the practicalities of how to condition and care for your flowers to maximise their vase life and her philosophy of letting the flowers and nature guide you when arranging. Then it will be your turn to have a go - you will forage for foliage and perhaps add a few bits from the garden to the carefully selected flowers that Brigitte will have waiting for you to arrange and then take home and enjoy.

Places are limited to 6.

 

“I really had the loveliest time with you and Julie. The combination of both your skills and expertise was so fabulous and I absolutely loved the easy and relaxed qualities of the day and both your teaching styles. I learnt so much...It was completely perfect in every way and especially wonderful to spend time with someone who also chats to the flowers and understands about them needing to have their say as well! All in all just wonderful.”

                                                                                                                               — Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme - Gather & Grow for Summer 2017

Date:

Tuesday June 12th 2018

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

9.30am - 3.30pm approx

Venue:

Great Barton, Suffolk

The Folly of Flowers - Spring Edition

with sarah of simply by arrangement and brigitte of moss & stone

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Date:

Tuesday May 15th 2018

Description:

Come and join us in a gloriously romantic Grade 2 listed folly in the depths of rolling Suffolk countryside for a very intimate floral workshop. Situated in a stunning landscape designed by 'England's greatest gardener' Capability Brown, the folly will be our setting for a wild and immersive floral installation. Using foraged finds, locally grown British flowers and a foam free philosophy we will let our imaginations run wild as we work together to create a romantically magical backdrop for a sunset cocktail or two!

This will be a collaborative creative process where we can explore ideas, discuss mechanics, problem solve and relish the freedom of using beautiful flowers in an imaginative, original way to form our own narrative.

The day includes a light two course seasonal lunch, evening nibbles and refreshments throughout the day.

Cost:

£600

Timings:

9.30am - early evening

Venue:

Brook House, Rickinghall & The Folly, Redgrave Park, Suffolk

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Image - Helen Warner Photography

Gather & Grow Tulips

The Cutting Garden Collective Workshop - A  collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

Tulip (n.) 

Late 16thC.,  from Persian dulband ‘turban’,  perfect love

On this tulip focused workshop, Julie and Brigitte will provide expert guidance on how to successfully grow beautiful spring flowers for cutting in your garden and then artfully decorate your home with your own carefully nurtured, freshly picked blooms. 

Taking place in the inspiring atmosphere of Julie's stunning cutting garden just outside Bury St Edmunds, you will receive a full day of practical and hands on guidance. With her many years of growing experience Julie will give you the skills and confidence you need to sow, plan and plant a gorgeous cutting patch of your own for a continuous supply of blooms to arrange and enjoy. She will show you around her garden, talk about her growing year, discuss various seed sowing techniques and how to successfully grow armfuls of tulips. 

After a delicious light lunch, Brigitte will demonstrate how to use some of Julie's gorgeous tulips and other spring delicacies to create a beautiful dutch master inspired arrangement. She will discuss both the practicalities of how to condition and care for your flowers to maximise their vase life and her philosophy of letting the flowers and nature guide you when arranging. Then it will be your turn to have a go - you will forage for foliage and perhaps add a few bits from the garden to the carefully selected flowers that Brigitte will have waiting for you to arrange and to then take home and enjoy.

Places are limited to 6.

I really had the loveliest time with you and Julie. The combination of both your skills and expertise was so fabulous and I absolutely loved the easy and relaxed qualities of the day and both your teaching styles. I learnt so much...It was completely perfect in every way and especially wonderful to spend time with someone who also chats to the flowers and understands about them needing to have their say as well! All in all just wonderful.
— Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme - Gather & Grow for Summer 2017

Date:

Thursday April 26th 2018

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

9.30am - 3.30pm approx

Venue:

Great Barton, Suffolk

A Spring Study

Image -  Taylor & Porter

Date:

12th April 2018

Description:

With signs of spring unfurling everywhere we will wander my garden and see how the season is progressing whilst seeking out hidden treasures. Every day brings forth a new gem, perhaps a fresh blossom, a tulip or a new narcissus - lush greens, muddy brown hellebores and bold bulbs. We will discuss the many things that you can use for arrangements that are often overlooked and my flower choice philosophy. I will then demonstrate a large urn arrangement using blossom and spring flowers from the best that is available at this time of year plus a few extra special bits that we may gather from the garden. It will be a no foam arrangement. This will be followed by a lovely two course light lunch - hopefully outside if its beautiful weather. Then it will be your turn to create your own beautiful spring urn arrangement under my guidance that you will be able to take home. All your work will be photographed for your own use later. 

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

10.30am - 3.30pm

Venue:

Brook House, Rickinghall, Suffolk

Image -  Taylor & Porter

Gather & Grow Hellebores

The Cutting Garden Collective Workshop - A collaborative venture between Julie of Peonies & Posies and Brigitte of Moss & Stone

Image - Brigitte Girling

Image - Brigitte Girling

hellebore (n.)

late 14thC., from old french ellebore, 'plant eaten by fawns'

Hellebores are possibly the most productive, stoic and elegant of plants, flowering for up to six months through the darkest days of the year bringing subtle, shy beauty and hope to our winter gardens. On this hellebore focused workshop, Julie and Brigitte will provide expert guidance on how to successfully grow these desirable flowers and other early spring stunners for cutting in your garden to then gather and enjoy in your home.

Taking place in the inspiring atmosphere of Julie's stunning cutting garden just outside Bury St Edmunds, you will receive a full day of practical and hands on guidance. With her many years of growing experience Julie will give you the skills and confidence you need to sow, plan and plant a gorgeous cutting patch of your own for a continuous supply of blooms to arrange and enjoy. She will show you around her garden, talk about her growing year, discuss various seed sowing techniques and how to successfully care for your hellebores. 

After a delicious light lunch, Brigitte will demonstrate how to use some of Julie's gorgeous hellebores and other Spring delicacies to create a beautiful garden inspired arrangement. She will discuss both the practicalities of how to condition and care for your cut hellebores, which can be tricky, to maximise their vase life and her philosophy of letting the flowers and nature guide you when arranging. Then it will be your turn to have a go - you will forage for foliage and perhaps add a few bits from the garden to the carefully selected flowers that Brigitte will have waiting for you to arrange and to then take home and enjoy.

Places are limited to 6.

I really had the loveliest time with you and Julie. The combination of both your skills and expertise was so fabulous and I absolutely loved the easy and relaxed qualities of the day and both your teaching styles. I learnt so much...It was completely perfect in every way and especially wonderful to spend time with someone who also chats to the flowers and understands about them needing to have their say as well! All in all just wonderful.
— Kate Hargreaves of Tangle & Thyme - Gather & Grow for Summer 2017

Date:

Tuesday 27th February 2018

Cost:

£250 per person

Time:

9.30am - 3.30pm approx

Venue:

Great Barton, Suffolk