FFOI day 2

Flower Farmers Of Ireland.

Springfield Castle, Co. Limerick

Day Two - foam free, large scale installation class 

After Day One, it was back again for Day Two of the class.

We were once again at the wonderful Springfield Castle, with the Flower Farmers of Ireland and this time I was teaching large scale installations without the use of floral foam, what to look for when choosing your ingredients, how to build the structure and, most importantly I think, tips and tricks to make it look as if it has just grown there. All with the most beautiful Irish grown flowers.

Magnificent Springfield Castle

Magnificent Springfield Castle

We started with a foraging trip around the grounds for interesting foliages, what I would us and why, as well as what I choose not to use.


Various techniques were discussed and demonstrated (and pondered!)


It was a full morning of foraging, chatting and a lot of laughing and we were very ready for our lunch, The food was absolutely gorgeous, all grown and cooked at Springfield by our fabulous hosts.


After lunch we relocated and set to making a huge installation (and I considered ways to steal a puppy!)


Creating trees ‘growing out of the walls’


I do make it tricky for Holly of Belle and Beau, I keep designing pieces that are too big for her to capture in the space available! This one extended as far again to the left….

With stunning ruins like this the venue was an absolute dream for outside installations and thankfully the Irish weather was kind too.

I absolutely loved my time in Ireland and I hope to be back very soon.

Thanks to everyone who made this a very special few days:

Venue, food and fabulous hosts - Springfield Castle

Images - Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography

Flowers - supplied by members of Flower Farmers of Ireland

And of course to all the fabulous attendees, members of Flower Farmers of Ireland, who were an absolute joy to be around, with a special mention for Fionnuala Fallon who invited me over and started the whole ball rolling.

For the foam free urn class at Springfield - see Day One.

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