Large installation class September 18th 2017

large scale floral installation class on a flower farm in North Yorkshire

Large Floral Installation class with autumn feast

Monday September 18th 2017 at 10am until approx 4pm

Holme Flower Farm, Holme on Swale, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

I am so excited to offer this class, aimed largely at florists wanting to learn how to create large, dramatic installations pieces, but also at other creatives wanting to have a day on a flower farm, surrounded by beauty, nature and lovely people. Photos will be taken of the day by the wonderful Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography and each attendee will receive their own welcome bundle.

Holme Flowers is part of Holme Farm, 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.

An installation at Harlow Carr Gardens, made in collaboration with Rachel of Catkin flowers

An installation at Harlow Carr Gardens, made in collaboration with Rachel of Catkin flowers

Creating large scale floral installations is one of the things I love most and also one of the things I get asked about most, it really seems to be the thing most people worry about, so I have designed this full day class to allow us to really delve deep into the whole concept.

Not only will we go into detail about the mechanics and making the 'impossible' possible, but we will also spend some quality time in this most perfect of locations, picking flowers, foraging for fruits and berries as well as a lazy and indulgent riverside lunch.

It will be mid-September, most of the busy times are behind us, children have gone back to school so why not learn a new skill but have a thoroughly enjoyable time doing it!  I'll share my experiences with you, what you need to consider and also what you need to charge! 

Starting off with a fabulously exciting picking session in their flower fields billowing with late summer blooms, dahlias in every conceivable colour, second flushes of roses, rudbeckias, bergamots and amaranthus and amazing vines of sweet peas, cobea and jasmine.

We'll then head off across their (many!) fields to forage from their private hedgerows, seeking out the hips, fruits, berries and foliages in the fabulous colours of harvest time.

Once we have made sure everything is having a good old drink, we'll amble down to the river Swale, which runs through the farm, for a leisurely, seasonal and wholesome riverside lunch of locally grown, reared and prepared food, much of it made by Wendy, Sue and Jayne of Holme flowers themselves.  We will chat, drink wine (I can give you details of local places to stay if you are driving!) and get to know each other at length.

Once we have set the world to rights the afternoon will consist of designing and making your installations in small groups of two or three. First I'll take you through the installation process step by step, from the planning, problem solving, mechanics and execution, then you have the rest of the day to plan design and create your masterpiece.

All equipment and flowers will be provided

All above images are by Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography on a previous workshop at  Holme Flowers and Holly will be with us throughout the day.

Large scale installation in progress

Large scale installation in progress

You will come away having had an inspiring yet educational day, with new friends and the confidence to tackle those large beasts you've always wanted to try. As well as your little bundle of gifts and the AMAZING images from Holly of you throughout the day and your installation at the end.  

Because of the nature of this class, places will be strictly limited and advance expressions of interest have been high so early booking is highly recommended. 

Wet weather plan

We have the option of a beautiful riverside bothy for lunch so the day won't be weather dependant and in the event of a good old English downpour, we will still be able to carry on regardless, just bring all the options from waterproofs to suncream for the morning outside picking, walking and foraging.





Early Bird offer £399 - book before August 11th 2017

After August 11th - £499