Floral Renaissance 2018

Floral Renaissance 2018

 class of 2018

class of 2018

I co-hosted this wonderful class with Brigitte from Moss and Stone at the end of August.

We taught foam free mechanics for table centres as well as hanging installations and large scale floor standing installations at the incredible Abbey Hall in Eye, using all British flowers from some amazing flower growers, including Hillcrest Flower Garden, Forever Green Flower Company, Gabriel’s Garden and Usk Valley Roses.

Hanging floral installation

We could not have asked for a better day, the weather was perfect, so perfect in fact we changed our plans last minute and ate our supper outside.

The amazing Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography took the most beautiful images of the set up and the day itself.

rustic container with ammi Image Belle and Beau

Brigitte and I set up everything the day before, including a rather fabulous foraging trip around Abbey Hall with huge loppers…

Locally grown roses and other flowers
british flower workshop
chicken wire preparation

On the day itself the sun shone brightly and after welcoming our guests with coffee and pastries, we did a synchronised demonstration of foam free table designs.

 Fiona’s demonstration piece

Fiona’s demonstration piece

Then the students set about choosing from the amazing flowers and foliages.

students picking their flowers
 Brigitte’s demo piece

Brigitte’s demo piece

 The student’s pieces

The student’s pieces

It is always so interesting to see how people’s personalities come out in their work - all so very beautiful in very different ways.

 picnic lunch

picnic lunch

After a wonderful picnic lunch, we created hanging installation of bracken, reeds and amaranthus and a large floor standing, foam-free installation that crept around the room.

foam free large scale floral installation
 Large scale, foam free floral installation

Large scale, foam free floral installation

After everything was created, Brigitte and I set up for supper, while our guests made the most of the beautiful evening, before having supper.

 Hanging installation over table setting, with floor standing foam free installation behind

Hanging installation over table setting, with floor standing foam free installation behind

 Ready for supper

Ready for supper

 Cheers! A wonderful supper after a hard day’s work

Cheers! A wonderful supper after a hard day’s work

What a perfect day it was, now to plan some more …

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