Yesterday I ran a workshop at The Flower Orchard at Layer Marney in Essex. A fabulous group of young enthusiastic florists joined us to learn about making natural wedding flowers using British grown flowers. The flowers were grown by Karen at The Flower Orchard Essex, Julie at Hillcrest Cut Flower Garden Norfolk, me and a variety of other British growers. Julie's Ranunculus were spectacular and I have just started cutting my Tulips. Karen's Cutting Garden is filling with blossom and was a magical setting to work.in.
We were both so thrilled that they were so interested in natural floristry and British flowers.
They made natural bride bouquets and table arrangements. Although they look informal they are surprisingly difficult to make and they all did a wonderful job. Karen and I hope to run some more workshops through the season.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.