We had a wonderful day at our wedding flower workshop using British cut flowers to create some lovely hand-tie bouquets, flower crowns and corsages.
It was lovely to see everyone discovering their inner creativity and we all enjoyed making some beautiful arrangements with plenty of fun and laughter along the way.
The workshop was so popular that I'll be repeating it in September. Contact me for more details on firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s no better time than during the good old British summer to create some stunning floral centrepieces to grace your table and give your home a boost.
Come rain or shine, the summer season gives us the pick of the bunch when it comes to choosing the best blooms. It has to be said, they’re probably best brought inside to rescue them from being relentlessly lashed by wind and hail! You can always rely on a British summer to deliver the unexpected.
Come and share my passion for flowers at my workshop The Summer Table, where I will teach you how to show British cut flowers at their absolute best.
Here at Harrogate Garden and Flower School you can come and create your own hand ties, floral arrangements and flower crowns. Beginners are most welcome as you will be given all the tuition and materials you need.
Carefully-selected, fresh-cut flowers can instantly improve your mood, they certainly do mine, and there’s something especially welcoming about homes with fresh flowers on display.
Come and learn how to team bouquet colours with your living space, or place a bright floral arrangement on a shabby table to draw the eye and give drab furniture a vibrant, new look.
Scented arrangements can also be created to give a fresh, fragrant feel to your home.
You can learn the tricks of the trade in this relaxing, fun environment and enjoy some locally-made patisserie to inspire you while you work.
Research has proven that receiving flowers instantly makes you feel happy, so what are you waiting for? Make your home happy by learning how to produce some fabulous summer table arrangements.
The Summer Table 9/7/16
Using British flowers, we will make arrangements to grace your Summer table
£55.00 to include all materials and light refreshments
Email email@example.com to book a place.
Garden school members enjoyed an inspiring evening at one of North Yorkshire’s most beautiful private gardens at The Manor House in Heslington, York.
The property is the home of internationally renowned horticulturalist George Smith, who opens his gardens by special arrangement in the summer months. Extending to over three acres, with beautiful walled areas and secluded spots to sit and contemplate the various vistas, this place is well worth a visit.Hostas are a speciality and there are some unusual varieties.
George Smith is a renowned flower arranger and has been artistic director of flower festivals at various Yorkshire country houses and venues. He has created displays for four Royal visits to the region and was awarded an MBE for Services to Flower Arrangement in 2004.
The gardens themselves were varied and beautiful. There was the option to visit a slide show by George about the history of the grounds and how he had developed them, including pictures of some famous people who have visited over the years.
It was a lovely opportunity for garden school members who attend on different nights of the week to meet each other.
After browsing round the gardens we enjoyed a pub tea nextdoor before heading back to Harrogate.
What could be better than getting together with your closest friends ahead of your wedding for a day of floral indulgence at our Hen Party Flower Crown Workshops?
With all the emphasis on fun and laughter –and with champagne and locally made patisserie to help the party go with a swing – this is a wonderful opportunity to explore your creative side using British cut flowers.
At Harrogate Garden and Flower School we believe in showing people how to enjoy floral design in a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll learn plenty of new skills and experience the therapeutic joy that flowers can bring.
Choose your own combinations of flowers, foliage and colours to create your own personal style of hand-tie bouquet, flower crowns and floral arrangements. Try your hand at vintage, country garden, contemporary or rustic flowers – or your own personal mix. Anything goes and you’ll go home with some gorgeous floral headpieces and posies.
Bring your Hen Party to Harrogate Garden and Flower School and you’ll enjoy a girly gathering with a difference. Choose morning, afternoon or evening sessions for up to 10 people. We are happy to tailor an event for you or just bring your friends along and enjoy a unique floral experience.
If you would like more information about our Hen Parties and Flower Crown Workshops contact Jo on 07764 237142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to do your own wedding flowers
Harrogate Garden and Flower School also runs popular workshops to show you how to do your own fabulous floral arrangements for your wedding or a friend or family member’s big day. Learn how to create vintage style floral arrangements, rustic jam jar table centres and pretty vases in classic, country or contemporary themes. Find out which colours will enhance your theme and how to add a personal touch to your event.
Let us do your wedding flowers using British cut flowers
We can also supply your wedding flowers for you using seasonal British flowers, foliage and herbs. From simple hand-ties to striking table centres and hanging displays we can create the look you want for your special day.
This week is British Flowers Week, an annual celebration of locally grown, seasonal flowers that helps to raise awareness of our beautiful native species and revive the fortunes of the UK’s cut flower industry.
As a member of Flowers from the Farm, a network of UK flower growers, I am passionate about British flowers and I’m always delighted when the spotlight falls on the domestic flower industry each June.
The real challenge, however, is maintaining interest throughout the seasons and encouraging more people to grow and use British blooms rather than those that have been flown halfway across the world.
Back in the 1970s homegrown flowers were just about all people could get hold of and they accounted for 80% of the market. Imported flowers were rare and expensive. Today the reverse is true and British flowers only make up around 10% of all flowers sold in the UK even though the market is now worth around £2.2bn.
British growers are helping to turn things around and they’re also increasing the availability of traditional garden favourites such as sweet peas, dahlias, roses, anemones, ranunculus and gladioli. These English cottage garden classics are hugely popular with interior designers, brides and event planners, whether they want to create a country style theme or something more contemporary.
If you want to support the British flower industry and do your bit to reduce “flower miles” there are a number of things you can do:
To find out more about British Flowers Week visit the British Flowers Week website.
Harlow Carr in Harrogate is holding its first ever flower show this year for three days starting on 10th June.
Leading plant specialists from around the country will be there to share their expertise – and we’ll be there too!
Harrogate Garden and Flower School is part of Flowers from the Farm, a network of growers working to promote British cut flower. We will be at Harlow Carr during the flower show, which coincides with British Flowers Week, a week-long celebration of British flowers and the UK cut flower industry.
I will be arranging flowers from my own garden which will be used inside to decorate tables where the national experts are going to gather.
I’ll also be in the potting area demonstrating how to pot up plants and sharing general gardening tips and advice.
I can’t wait to showcase the very best seasonal blooms to such a distinguished audience and at such a fabulous regional floral event.
To find out more about the flower show visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr/RHS-Garden-Harlow-Carr-Flower-Show
It always seems such a long time between each month’s classes and I really look forward to meeting everyone again and finding out how they’ve been getting on in their gardens since we last got together.
The plant nursery, which is starting to take over my driveway, has been proving really popular and some of the garden school students have called in during the month to pick up bargain plants for their beds and borders.
One of the most rewarding things about this month’s classes has been hearing how much people are enjoying their gardens. As the hard work of soil improvement, digging, weeding and propagating gives way to growth and blooms there’s nothing better than wandering around the garden and taking in the colours, textures and scents that are all around. It really is joyful June!
So, as the plants start to have a growth spurt we were talking about the all important topic of feeding. We learnt about the different nutrients plants need at the start of the growing season and how to supplement the soil to give them the best chance of becoming strong and vibrant.
Then it was outside to do a little bit of vegetable gardening, potting on some young beetroot and kale plants which everyone took home to nurture.
Thankfully it won’t be quite as long before I see everyone again as we have some garden visits planned over the coming weeks. I’ve chosen some really interesting Yorkshire gardens for us to explore and enjoy so that we can make the most of the summer months to gather ideas and inspiration.
If you’d like to join one of our garden classes please email me for availability. Classes are monthly and cost £10 per person per class. Over the summer there will always be a good supply of plants in my nursery, including some unusual varieties that you won’t often find in the local garden centre.
I was delighted to be invited by Jo Malone to dress their Harrogate boutique with British cut flowers for an event to launch their new bridal package.
I chose a beautiful selection of British cut flowers including some from my own garden and created arrangements in a natural hand-picked style. I also made buttonholes and corsages to display around the showroom, which helped to create a beautiful English Country Garden wedding theme.
Guests enjoyed a hand and arm massage while finding out more about Jo Malone’s new bridal consultations and pre-wedding parties.
Getting married? Come along to one of our floral bridal events
My wedding and event flower workshops are always popular with brides to be and can be enjoyed by the bride, the mothers of the bride and groom and the bridesmaids. Some brides enjoy coming along with their girlfriends for an alternative Hen Party get together and others are keen to learn how to make their own wedding hand-tie bouquets, corsages and buttonholes using seasonal British cut flowers.
These events are designed to be great fun and part of your wedding celebrations. I always make sure it’s an occasion in itself as well as a journey of discovery to see what beauty can be created using locally grown flowers and foliage.
Spend a few therapeutic hours learning how to make stylish hand-tie bouquets and eye-catching jam jar arrangements. It’s all about knowing which combination of flowers to use to achieve the look you want.
There will be flowers and laughter and there’ll also be champagne and canapes. If you would like to join the next workshop or arrange one for your own party get in touch by email.
If you don’t want to do it yourself …
I take commissions for wedding flowers using seasonal British cut flowers which I generally source from my own garden. I love talking ideas with brides to be, discussing options such as unusual flower types, scented flowers and colour schemes and finding ways to be creative with sustainable English garden blooms. Call me on 07764 237142 to discuss my wedding flower design service.
I started gardening aged three, helping my father in our family garden. My passion has 'grown' from this point onwards.