Back In May I attended a wonderful workshop at the stunning Holme Farm in North Yorkshire. This venue really was the most idyllic setting to get the creative juices flowing and to be joined by other like minded floral minds. Belle and Beau photography were also on hand to capture this beautiful Summers day in all its glory.
The workshop was part hosted by the very talented Sarah Winward who came all the way from America. The workshop was a collaboration between Sarah and Fiona of Firenza Flowers, and the focus was around the concept of large urn designs.
The workshop began with Sarah and Fiona giving us a demonstration of their very own large urn designs. After this, we had a very tasty Lunch in the orchard on the farm which then lead on to a foraging trip around the surrounding countryside to pick our foliage. After we had chosen our abundance of greenery, we stopped by the riverbank for some more light delicious homemade refreshments. This put us all in very good stead to finally start on our very own urn creations.
We moved onto our own designs with a rainbow of choice at our fingertips when it came to the flowers on offer. The blooms and foliage were provided by Holme Farm and other local growers. It felt very fitting to be creating something so natural that came mostly from the farm itself.
I chose to incorporate one on my all time favourite flowers as the feature flower in my design, Clematis. This simple clean flower really popped against the rust, and dark green foliage I chose to combine. I wanted a flower that was delicate and elegant, but had enough strength to hold its own in the palette that I picked.
As a florist I see that floral design is ever evolving. I feel it is so important to move with these changes, but to still stay true to my integrity as a designer. Even though I have over 10 years of floristry experience, I still continue to learn everyday. This workshop was a great opportunity to see works from great florists and to have a day to be creative in the beautiful English countryside.