If there's one thing we love about this time of year, it's the abundance of summer colour blooming in our gardens and across the country. August is such a beautiful month, with the combination of great British rain and warm summer sun bringing everything to life in the most spectacular way. Beautiful blooms can be seen in everywhere we look - and we decided to make the most of this, with our first floristry workshops here at Beetham Nurseries led by Kendal-based florists, Green House Floristry.
Making use of fresh flowers and foliage, often grown and foraged here in Britain, Green House Floristry is the stylish creation of Lake District florists Michelle and Ashley. From their Kendal studio, the pair create beautiful blooms in harmony with the seasons, aiming for a more eco-friendly style of floristry (by shying away from the use of Oasis, for example) and placing emphasis on individual style. Designing and making floral displays for weddings, festivals, dinners, installations and all manner of events across Cumbria and beyond, we are lucky enough to be working with these talented florists on a series of floristry workshops held here at Beetham Nurseries.
Our first workshop with Green House Floristry was held on August 13th in our new Home & Lifestyle space, with a second following on August 20th. The theme? Summer Container Arranging. Participants were asked to bring their own containers along, helping to ensure the creation of a display which perfectly complimented everyone's individual style, as well as any foliage from their own gardens they wanted to include. This wasn't an essential, as Green House Floristry provided all the foliage and flowers needed to create the stunning arrangements produced by participants.
To kick things off Michelle and Ashley taught us how to use chicken wire as an eco-friendly alternative to oasis, providing a good foundation in which to create the structure of our arrangements. Making the most of the natural surroundings we're lucky enough to enjoy here in Cumbria, locally foraged greenery was used as a base for the colourful summer blooms which would add both colour and body.
Everyone was provided with their own bucket of summer blooms to use however they wished in their floral arrangements - creative license was given to everyone, with Michelle and Ashley on hand the entire time to provide guidance and advice. The emphasis was very much on personal style, with a "there are no rules" philosophy accompanied by plenty of laughter and chatter!
With a full green base created, it was time (after a healthy dose of tea and cake) to add our blooms. Following a demonstration by Michelle, who talked us through different ways to display flowers within an arrangement, everyone got stuck in.
With everyone able to follow their own style, the workshops saw the creation of unique and personal arrangements. Participants were then able to take these home, as well as any unused flowers from their bucket to experiment with later on.
Green House Floristry joined us for two summer container arranging workshops during August, bringing along different flowers and foliage each time. Yellows and whites featured in the first workshop, while the second was filled with peaches and pinks.
The finished result was simply breath taking on both occasions, as pretty summer florals took pride of place amidst foliage gathered from the Cumbrian countryside. While everyone was provided with the same flowers to use in their arrangements, the finished creations were all strikingly unique.
We are lucky enough to be working with Green House Floristry on a number of workshops throughout the year which will allow you to create your own stunning floral arrangements and bouquets to take home.
Michelle and Ashley will provide all the tools and materials needed to create a blooming beautiful display; we will provide tea and cake; all you need to do is bring your creative side! Our next workshop will be Hand Tied Bouquets on the 22nd September - keep an eye on our Events Page for future workshops.