Firenza Flowers Sarah Winward Large Urn Workshop

Fiona Pickles and Sarah WInward hosted this half day class aimed at florists wanting to learn how to design and create large and dramatic urns

Firenza Flowers & Sarah Winward Large Urn Workshop

What an amazing day this was, back in May 2017 - a half-day workshop at  Holme Flowers with Sarah WInward:

group mingling amongst the flowers
The British flowers from local growers

The British flowers from local growers

Sarah is one of my all time favourite designers and I feel so privileged to have worked with her, her work is hugely influential around the world. If you've ever pinned a drool-worthy image of a floral installation or stunning bouquet, chances are that Sarah has created it!  

We first met down in the Cotswolds a couple of years ago and after watching her design incredible bouquets and striking urns, we bonded over a morning foraging the hedgerows for wild clematis and huge urn making.  We kept in touch and rather fabulously we had the opportunity to collaborate teaching something we both adore - large urns.

Sarah and her urn

Sarah and her urn

We wanted the day to be relaxed yet inspirational and the setting (and weather) was just perfect - Holme Farm is a beautiful working farm run by three sisters, Wendy, Sue and Jayne and is located in a delightful and secluded hamlet in rural North Yorkshire. 

First we had an amazing lunch served under an apple tree in the orchard. Sadly Wendy was on holiday and missed it all - although she co-ordinatd the social media from her sunbed (!), so Jayne and Sue hosted us all. They sourced amazing locally reared meats, local cheeses, fruits, breads, biscuits, English wines and soft drinks and made the most mouthwatering cakes and home made biscuits and cakes. 

Al fresco lunch in the orchard at Holme Flowers

Al fresco lunch in the orchard at Holme Flowers

We laughed a lot

We laughed a lot

After lunch Sarah and I demonstrated our urns, then we meandered down one of their many lanes to forage and stopped for a brief refreshments on the riverbank. 

Cooling drinks on the river bank

Cooling drinks on the river bank

Group foraging

Then we headed back to the orchard, where the students created their beautiful urns.

Yorkshire grown poppy

Throughout the day we had the fabulous photographer, Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography taking images of the proceedings 

Fiona's urn

Fiona's urn

Sarah Winward and Fiona Pickles

Sarah Winward and Fiona Pickles

Thank you to all our lovely students who came, Sarah and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting each of you and hope we can meet up again soon.

Large urn workshop with Sarah Winward and Fiona Pickles of Firenza Flowers:

All images courtesy of  Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography

Venue: Holme Flowers

Floral assistance: Verde Flowers

Flowers provided by: Holme Flowers 

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