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Details confirmed for Gathering Blossom Workshop.

If you have signed up for the newsletter this will be old new to you, but if not (and why not?!) I have great pleasure in releasing details of the Gathering Blossom workshop. 

Gathering Blossom
An Arts and Crafts inspired floral workshop

Tuesday 25th April 2017 10am-4.30pm

An inspirational day of art, flowers and flexing your creative muscles. Head off into the fairytale tangle of woods, bushes and masses of cow parsley to forage,  Watch a large scale design being conceived and created by Fiona Pickles as she talks about the process, how she works and what inspires her and her designs.  Learn about styling and creating enticing images for Instagram whilst finding what works for you. Meet and interact with likeminded creatives wanting to charge up their creative batteries before the new season hits and inspire each other as you put it all into practice.

Aimed at

Floral designers and artists wanting to adapt their style to embrace a loose, unstructured and free-form style

Creatives wanting to gain more understanding of the floral process

Artists wanting to paint with flowers

Florists wanting to improve their Instagram gallery

Lovers of spring flowers just wanting a day up to their knees in British flowers and foliages making a mess in someone else's house

Fans of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Edgar Wood and Frederick William Jackson

The day includes:

 Foraging amongst the extensive and wonderfully overgrown grounds for foliages and blossoms

Large scale demonstration by Fiona using locally grown flowers

Time for you to design and create

One to one and group time with Fiona 

Opportunity to style areas around the venue

Social media and styling advice

All refreshments and lunch

Pictures taken throughout the day by Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography available for your use

Video of the day available for your use 

Welcome bundle 

All equipment provided



Exclusive access to Briarcourt in Lindley West Yorkshire, a large privately owned residence designed by Edgar Wood, a leading light in the Arts and Crafts Movement. 

Established as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, The Arts and Crafts Movement stood for traditional craftsmanship over mass production, embracing the beauty of the materials and the workmanship of the makers.  A perfect sentiment that sits well with my ethos and way of working.  


A mural at Briarcourt painted by Frederick William Jackson, a founder member of both the Manchester School of Painters and the Staithes group of painters. His paintings include 'Gathering Blossom', hence the name of the workshop!


Foraging in the grounds

Foraging in the grounds

Lunch in the panelled dining room

Lunch in the panelled dining room

Dress the inglenook fireplaces and original windows

Dress the inglenook fireplaces and original windows

Each booking is for one person only and cannot be cancelled once booked.

NB Briarcourt is a working and large scale renovation, including all the areas we will be using, This is in no way a finished venue, but a lifetime project for Vicky and Duncan, who live there, to restore a beautiful and historic house back to it's former glory. Please don't expect a polished, finished venue. Part of what makes this experience unique comes from seeing a real piece of history (and an utterly beautiful one at that) being restored to its former glory, if you don't mind bare floorboards, unfinished rooms and a bit of peeling paint you are in for a real treat!



Make a difference

For every place booked £15 will be donated to Clem's Garden, a not for profit social enterprise currently being set up within the grounds of Briarcourt - see below for details:

"Clem's Garden will be a not for profit social enterprise run mainly by and for older people who don't have a job or a family life to channel their care, nurturing and experience into. By everyone working together to grow and sell organic cut flowers for a nominated charity, we hope to help in some small way to provide a vehicle to help address the epidemic of loneliness, boredom, and low self esteem too many people face, especially in later life. As well as bringing happiness to the customers who will enjoy our beautiful seasonal flowers, we hope to cultivate friendships and confidence in the growers who volunteer here."

A minimum of six students is required

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When everything comes together ....

Yesterday I was involved in the most glorious of shoots and as I type there are only a few preview images from the amazing Shutter Go Click Photography but they are so beautiful I couldn't wait to share them!

The shoot, at Saltmarshe Hall, was arranged by Hayley from Glory Days Vintage Bridal for the launch of her amazing new range of hand made dresses, which she only finished the night before and oh my word, were they exquisite!

The lovely people at this beautiful venue (I really hope I get the chance to work there again, it was SOOOO up my street!) allowed me to use foliages and berries from the grounds to make this bouquet and oh boy, was I in my element. SO many beautiful buildings, walls, trees (and even drainpipes!!).

More to follow :) x

Images - Shutter Go Click

Dresses - Glory Days Vintage Bridal

Venue - Saltmarshe Hall

Florals - Firenza Flowers

Make up - Victoria Farr

Hair - Hula Hairdressing


What a wonderful Summer ...

So! We are officially in autumn, a time for picking fruits and berries from the hedgerows, of harvest festivals and kicking through piles of leaves amidst wafts of woodsmoke and bonfires. Much as I love autumn and all it has to offer, I cannot believe it is here already, I just don't know where the summer went.

My summer didn't involve long, lazy holidays, or even the luxury of family time, it was just incredibly busy, spent amidst a blur of flowers and happiness with many beautiful weddings and projects. 

The down side of all this is that the poor old journal has, once again, been sadly neglected, there is barely time to eat and sleep during the busy times, let alone update the journal, so I do apologise, but I shall  be sharing all my flowery exploits over the coming months.

There was so much gorgeousness it's quite overwhelming, weddings in grand manor houses, cowsheds, Michelin starred restaurants and vineyards, I have built many arches in the most incredible settings and even dressed a rowing boat with flowers. There were exciting trips to many flower farms around the country, my van filled to the brim with incredible stashes of florals, to make sure I had just the right rose for that bridal bouquet , or floral chandelier, the van has been packed and unpacked so many times I have lost count.  

I have foraged from countless hedgerows, even falling down a rabbit hole whilst doing so (not like 'Alice', just an ungainly fall in a dodgy old lay-by resulting in a twisted ankle).  Amidst all this there were also one-to-one sessions at mine, a couple of editorial shoots, helping a couple of lovely flower friends with their weddings and a demonstration at Harrogate Flower Show.

As I say, I will be sharing lots of images but first a long overdue catch up with admin, family and of course the garden, which is undergoing a radical change thanks to letting me loose with a pair of loppers and a spade, more of that I suspect too (lots more room to plant things)!

A huge thank you to Anna and Jamie for the above photos of their day, all taken by the amazing Naomi Kenton

In the meantime here is a breathtaking insight into just one of the projects by Tegan of Roost Film Co, when I provided the florals for Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography and Naomi of Naomi Kenton Photography at their workshop A Beautiful Way in Wiltshire.

Workshop credits:

Flowers from Firenza Floral Design - Wedding and Event florist

Dress by Cherry Williams London
Stationery by The Wells Makery
Hair by Louise Alway- Bridal Hairstylist
Shoes by Harriet Wilde
Catering from Eat Five Star
Held at Valentina's Lost Orangery from Unique Home Stays -