Workshops

Teaching is one of my passions and I offer a range of workshops on growing and arranging. Please scroll down to see details of this year’s workshops.

Grow, Blossom and Flourish

There is something magical about having a cut flower garden. Being able to gather armfuls of beautiful blooms from your own patch is inspiring, uplifting and totally addictive.

If you love the idea of carving out a bit of time for yourself, creating something beautiful and having an abundance of wonderful flowers to lift your spirits and share with others, have a go at growing a cut flower patch this year.

This workshop covers everything you need to know to get started. As well as covering the basics, we’ll also look at how you can get make your patch as productive as possible, giving you a continuous succession of beautiful flowers throughout the season.

Dates: Saturday 16th March or Saturday 19th October

Time: 10am-1pm

Cost: £45

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Arrange Your Own Wedding Flowers

A wedding full of beautiful seasonal flowers arranged with love and a personal touch by you and those close to you is something truly special.

If you love the idea of arranging your own wedding flowers using beautiful, seasonal flowers but are unsure where to start, would like some guidance or want to learn the necessary skills, this workshop is for you.

Spend a day with me as I guide you through how to create key flower arrangements for your wedding using my gorgeous, locally-grown flowers. During the day, we’ll cover how to create:

  • pretty posies perfect for popping into jam jars or other similar sized vases to make table centrepieces and will explore ideas for adding your own personal touches to these.

  • a hand-tied bouquet with an optional ribbon finish

  • a second bouquet – made using an alternative technique so that you can choose the method that suits your style and skills best when making your own wedding flowers.

  • buttonholes, corsages and simple hair flowers, including the floristry wiring techniques you’ll need to use.

Date: Saturday 18th May

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: £120

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Flower Crown

Embrace your inner festival goer, Olympian hero, flower girl, May queen or Narnian dryad during a fun session making a floral headdress. These are perfect for weddings, parties and summer festivals.

If you love the idea of creating something beautiful from fresh, locally-grown flowers to wear for the day then this workshop is for you.

You’ll learn how to condition flowers so they last for as long as possible out of water, how to construct a sturdy base for your crown, essential floristry wiring techniques for attaching the flowers to the base and how to keep flower crowns fresh for as long as possible.

Date: Saturday 1st June

Time: 10am-12noon

Cost: £40

Location: The Reddings, Cheltenham

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Dress for Dinner

Dressing your dinner table with fresh flowers captures the spirit of al fresco dining, bringing the garden into your home and adding that special something to your mealtimes. There has long been a close association between flowers and food – think Dutch Masters paintings of vases and platters dripping with luxurious tulips and succulent fruits. Flowers bring a dinner table to life.

If you love entertaining and want to add a special extra touch to your tablescape by creating arrangements using fresh flowers and foliage that you could grow in your own garden, this workshop is for you.

You’ll be provided with a glass pedestal bowl, which is yours to keep and will learn clever hidden mechanics for keeping the flowers supported in the shallow bowl and holding your arrangement in place. You’ll also have the chance to make a long and low arrangement using a chicken wire base. This is a floral foam-free workshop * and we’ll be discussing ways in which you can use alternative mechanics in flower arranging to reduce the amount of foam used.

* A good article on why many floral designers are moving away from using floral foam can be found at:

https://www.koch.com.au/blog/to-foam-or-not-to-foam-what-is-the-question-about-no-floral-foam

Date: Saturday 15th June

Time: 10-1:30pm

Cost £75

Location: The Reddings, Cheltenham

Fresh Floral Wreath

It’s the height of summer and the flower garden is bursting with gorgeous blooms just crying out to be brought together in fabulous arrangements. It’s a time for celebrating floral abundance, showcasing beauty and exploring creativity.

If you love the idea of being mindfully creative, using the best the season has to offer to make a beautiful wreath of fresh flowers that is unique to your style, in a way that limits its impact on the planet by trying out a ‘foam free’ flower arranging technique then this workshop is for you.

You’ll learn how to make a traditional mossed based wreath from start to finish. We’ll look at the best types of flowers and foliage for using in this sort of ‘out of water’ arrangement and will discuss ways in which you can use alternative mechanics in flower arranging to reduce the amount of floral foam used.

* A good article on why many floral designers are moving away from using floral foam can be found at:

https://www.koch.com.au/blog/to-foam-or-not-to-foam-what-is-the-question-about-no-floral-foam

Date: Sunday 14th July

Time: 10am-12:30pm

Cost: £50

Hand-tied Bouquet

Would you like to be able to communicate your love, appreciation, sympathy and good wishes with flowers you’ve chosen and arranged yourself? Throughout history, blooms have been used as messengers for conveying these sentiments and there’s something so special about giving and receiving a gift that has been hand-made with love.

If you love the idea of learning how to make gorgeous, professional looking bouquets to gift to your loved ones or as a treat for yourself, this workshop is for you.

By spending a morning with me at my flower plot at Primrose Vale Farm you’ll learn how to cut, condition and arrange beautiful seasonal flowers into a professional-looking, gift-wrapped bouquet to take away with you. You’ll also get to practice the traditional spiral-stemmed technique used to make the bouquet by first making a smaller jam-jar posy which will also be yours to keep.

Date: Saturday 14th September

Time: 10am-12noon

Cost: £45

Floral Pumpkin

If the messy job of carving scary faces on pumpkins isn’t your thing try creating a fun, quirky flower arrangement in one instead. Use it to bring light and colour into your home at this dark time of year or, if you’re a Halloween fan, have it as a centrepiece at your party – they make great talking points.

If you love autumn leaves, harvest time, farm-fresh, seasonal produce and something a bit quirky, this workshop is for you.

You’ll learn the mechanics needed to create a fun, seasonal flower arrangement in a pumpkin of your choice from a selection of those grown at Primrose Vale Farm Shop. We’ll do the messy bit of carving the inside out so you have the time to focus on the creative process.

Date: Sun 27th October

Time: 10:30am-12 noon

Price: £35

Dried Flower Wreath

If autumn fill you with nostalgia for the summer passed, have a go at making a dried flower wreath full of vibrant colour, wonderful papery textures and subtle shimmering seedheads. The creative process itself can be so calming and relaxing, mirroring the rhythms of the natural world as it slows down for winter.

If you love making beautiful things and want to learn more about how to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers by drying and preserving them, this workshop is for you.

We’ll cover all the floristry wiring techniques you need to make a wonderful dried wreath and will discuss the best varieties for drying and techniques for doing so.

Date: Saturday 9th November

Time: 10am – 12noon and 2-4pm

Cost: £40

Christmas Wreath

As the song says, ‘ the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door’. This year, add your own creative flair to a lovely Christmas custom by making your own door wreath. Hang it in pride of place for all to see and to welcome visitors to your home over the festive period.

If you love Christmas crafts and customs then this fun, festive activity will really get you in the mood for Christmas.

You’ll learn how to make a traditional moss-based wreath using gorgeous British-grown evergreen foliage and will decorate it with beautiful embellishments such as ribbon, pinecones, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, feathers, baubles and much more. There’s a huge range to choose from.

Dates and times:

Saturday 7th December 9:30am-1pm

Saturday 7th December 2-5:30pm

Wednesday 11th December 6-9:30pm

Saturday 14th December 9:30am-1pm

Saturday 14th December 2-5:30pm

If none of these dates suit, and if you’re able to bring together a group of 6 friends, it may be possible to arrange a date for you to have your own private wreath making party. Please contact me to arrange.

Cost: £45

Christmas Garland

Make your home look fabulous this festive season by dressing it with beautiful evergreen foliage garlands. Whether it’s a dinner table, mantelpiece, banister or balcony, everyone has somewhere that can be adorned with one of these extra special Christmas decorations.

If you love decorating your home for the Christmas season and want to do something a bit different this year, this workshop is for you.

You’ll learn how to make one of my signature festive garlands (as featured in English Home Magazine) from mixed evergreens and conifers embellished with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, berries, seed and other decorations.

Date: Sunday 22nd December

Time: 2-5:30pm

Cost: £50

To book, please email me at liz@cotswoldposypatch.com

Workshops will either take place at Primrose Vale Farm, Bentham or in The Reddings, Cheltenham. The venue will be confirmed after booking.

Please be aware that some workshops take place in horticultural settings where ground is uneven and muddy. If you would like to attend a workshop and have any particular accessibility needs, please contact liz@cotswoldposypatch.com before booking to discuss your requirements.