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.

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