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Walking wreath workshop

 

This year in collaboration with the fabulous Organic Forest Kindergarten in Rushall, we are offering a different take on a wreath workshop. 

We will wander through the forest, selecting materials suitable for wreath making. Then we will gather near the fire to weave and wind our wreaths. We will guide you on what materials are appropriate, and you will make a very natural, rustic wreath. There will be no plastic used; your wreath will be totally biodegradable, and as unique as you are. 

This event will be a very different experience from our usual workshops. You will need to be dressed appropriately for the outdoors. 

We will provide any tools necessary, and an apron should you wish to wear one. 

We will serve hot drinks and some homemade nibbles. 

Saturday 7th December 10 - 13.00

£35 per person, including a £5 donation to The Finlay Foundation. 

Full details of how to find the Organic Forest Kindergarten will be provided on booking. 

This walking wreath workshop experience is limited to 12 people to preserve the wonderful atmosphere at the forest. 

 

Please Note: As the health and safety of all participants is our top priority in the forest, we keep a very close eye on the weather and perform stringent risk assessments accordingly.  If thunder, lightening or high winds are forecast (gusts of 35mph or above), we may need to cancel the workshop as the risk of being in the woodland is too great during such weather.  We will notify you via email/telephone the day before should we need to cancel the workshop. We will issue a full refund if we need to cancel due to weather.

 

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It’s that time of year again... well actually people have been emailing me since August to ask about Christmas Wreath Workshops! So I guess that means they might be a bit popular! We have people coming back for their 3rd or 4th year in a row, they tell me it’s one the the highlights in their calendar, other’s say it’s the activity that really makes them feel festive. So here you are - these are the dates for this year.
 
 
Workshop places are £45 per person or early bird price of £40 

Upavon Village Hall
9 Andover Road
Upavon
SN9 6EB
 

All workshops will last around three hours. The cost for your workshop includes refreshments and all the materials you need to create a festive foliage wreath, decorated with a ribbon of your choice and pinecones.


We will have a pick and mix of optional extras for you to purchase on the day, if you wish, to further personalise your wreath, so don't forget to bring some money, or your card - just in case.

We will provide aprons and all the tools and equipment needed to create your festive wreath.

For each attendee we will donate £5.00 to The Finlay Foundation 

Your workshop place can only be held once full payment is received. The Early Bird price is valid for all bookings paid for by 8pm on Tuesday 8th October.  

This year we are very please to announce a collaboration with The Ship at Upavon. You will be provided with more details of how to receive your 10% discount on lunch when booking your workshop place. 

We also have a Walking wreath workshop on Saturday 7th December, which I will talk about in another post. 

 

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Scented Narcissi so simple, so stunning.
It was such a good way to start the year. A trip down to Devon to the Flowers from the Farm, South West Flower Growers Meeting. It started with a shared journey with two flower grower friends, so the flower chatter started nice and early.
 
It was an uplifting day, meeting up with other flower growers, some who I've only met through social media before, and some growers who have become friends from previous courses and meetings. It can sometimes be a lonely business to be in, especially when you are out in the field in all weathers, and so it is really important to have a support network to turn to for advice, collaboration and an understanding ear.
 
We listened to inspiring talks from Green and Gorgeous and Jonathan Moseley and had an update about what is in store for #Britishflowersweek this year from Liz Anderson. Rachel talked about her journey from gardener to flower farmer and was very generous in her advice and information. The first course I ever attended about growing flowers was at Green & Gorgeous and I have returned there several times. Rachel REALLY knows her stuff and always shares information, top tips and advice about potential pitfalls to avoid. Plus Ash her partner makes sure there is delicious food available and can help with some of the more tool based questions, he really knows his stuff where polytunnels are concerned, and I now have 3 wheeler envy! I'm hoping to attend another course there later this year, we got a little insight to some of the upcoming courses and they are very exciting. :-) 
 
 Jonathan Moseley
Jonathan was as ever a bundle of enthusiasm, full of smiles and laughter. He used British flowers to create some amazing designs, gave out loads of top tips and shared his insights into upcoming trends. He is such fun to listen to and gave advice not just about creating amazing displays but also how to use our flowers to create commercially realistic arrangements for our clients. There is no point watching a demonstration where they produce magnificent displays that would only suit a 10 foot high entrance foyer if you don't work with lots of clients who have that sort of budget, well not every week anyway! He gave us lots of ideas of how to work within a clients budget to produce fabulous results and turned the humble daffodil into a work of art! 
 
Daffodils and rusty ducks.
 
We also had the chance to speak to representatives from amongst others Moles Seeds, Atlas Packaging, The Paper Studio, Lancaster & Cornish - suppliers of dreamy naturally dyed silk ribbons amongst other things, Withypitts Dahlias who I might just have bought a few more tubers from to bring you some delicious new dahlias in the late summer. 
 
We got to see stunning examples of foliage and garlands from Tregothnan and a British flower stall to drool over from Flowers by Clowance, in fact I didn't just drool over the stall but I bought an armful of flowers to come home with. I use Clowance to buy additional British flowers when I don't have any of my own growing or if I need to top up for a big event, and I bought some magnificent foliage recently from Tregothnan for my Christmas Wreath workshops. 
 
Emma Davies was on hand to help with photography questions and to take a photographic record of the day which I look forward to seeing as I only remembered to take a few snaps. I'm hoping to organise a flower photography day course with Emma at My Flower Patch, so watch this space. 
 
All that plus delicious food, the wonderful surroundings of The Corn Barn, and a host of enthusiastic flower growers, florists and flower lovers to talk to. The only problem was that there just wasn't enough time to chat to everyone, so I'm voting for a two day event next year!
 
All I need now is for my spring flowers to start blooming in Wiltshire and I can have a go at recreating some of these ideas. 
 
I hope your 2016 has also got off to a flying start. 
 
Sara
 
 
Photographs are my quick snaps of some of the floral displays by Jonathan Moseley. 
 
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I have fallen in love...again! With a sunflower, but it is a sunflower with a difference. It's name is Lemon Eclair and it is truly scrumptious! We grow lots of sunflowers, yellow, cream, red, orange, dark almost chocolate. But this one is a little different. It is an early flowering sunflower, which we love as it means we can have sunflowers blooming for longer on the patch than we have previously, but, if possible, it is even more delicious to look at than some of the others we grow. It has caused quite a stir on the Patch, and on my Twitter, and Facebook and Instagram feeds. It has pale creamy lemon petals with a dark chocolatey centre, and a ruffly look to the petals and centre that is quite something.

I also had fun taking macro photographs of it at a course yesterday. To me it looks almost like flames reaching out. 

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It mixes well with bright summer flowers, such as the scabious and alstroemeria in the top shot, a cheerful colour mix of red, blue and orange. Bright bold and beautiful British grown flowers. This was a vase arrangement as a surprise gift for some newly weds. It works equally well with pale pinks and blues as the lemon is light enough to carry these well.

It is our first year growing Lemon Eclair but it certainly won't be the last.

Is there a flower that is making your heart sing at the moment? We certainly hope so, why not let us know in the comments. Sara x

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Wow, well haven't we had some gorgeous weather! It has meant a few more hours on the flower patch watering, but the growth we have had has been amazing. So many flowers are in bloom on the patch at the moment and it looks very colourful suddenly. 

We have been talking to a few new freelance florists about buying our flowers. Some have managed to visit the patch and they have been very impressed. Orders are being taken for upcoming events and happy florists can use locally grown flowers with the knowledge that they will get the freshest flowers on the day, grown with love and picked with care. 

Our flowers are perfect for florists looking for that just gathered look to their flowers, the country garden style that is so popular for events at the moment. 

So if you are a florist fairly local to Upavon, Wiltshire why not get in touch to see if we are growing flowers that may interest you. We love having flowery visitors and conversations. Bye for now, Sara 

 

Scabious, Astrantia and Feverfew

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