One of my very favorite things about my career is the people I get to meet. I can’t believe how many incredibly talented, kind, strong people there are out there that flowers have brought me to. I have met many of these people through teaching. Last Spring I had the most wonderful group of women in one of my Spring intensive workshops where we worked on designing, and discussed the business side of things.
I had such a good time with this group!
It is so beautiful to watch someone create something that is an expression of themselves. You can see it, each arrangement is in some way a reflection of the person who made it. It is so fun to work with the same people for a few days and see their style really show through every arrangement they make. I love watching people light up with they work with flowers.
In this class we used spring blooms and citrus on the branch to create these large arrangement that explored the use of complimentary colors. Our centerpiece arrangements and bouquets used a softer palette of whites, lavenders, and muddy greens. I love when all of these tiny blooms are available in the Spring, and we used them all.
As a group, we covered a three arch arbor with blooming acacia and forsythia. I love working on these bigger pieces together. We didn’t have Heather for this part of the day, so you’ll have to make do with these grainy photos I took as the sun was setting. This day was so joyful. Thank you to each of the attendees, I truly loved getting to know you, and seeing the beauty that you create.
All photos besides the yellow arbor photos by Heather Nan.
Dress for bouquet pictures is from the Elizabeth Suzan White collection.
These photos are of my work from a one-on-one floral workshop I taught with Chikae as my student. Chikae is a florist based in London who was on a tour around the world learning from florists, stylists, and photographers. I feel lucky to have been a stop on her journey. We had a wonderful time using a bounty of spring blooms to create centerpieces, large arrangements, bouquets, and a floral arch.
These bouquets are some of my favorites to date. I think it is also safe to say that between these two bouquets I used all of my very favorite flowers!
As a spring baby myself, I am a total sucker for all of the spring blooms.
We utilized blooming, pear, plum, quince, and magnolia branches in the arrangements, with a plethora of hellebore, frittilaria, and ranunculus in each of our arrangements too. It was a flower feast.
Photos: Kate Osborne
WORKSHOP WITH FIONA PICKLES OF FIRENZA FLOWERS
31ST MAY 2017 12-4PM, NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND
A couple of years ago at a workshop I was a guest teacher at in England, I met Fiona Pickles.
Fiona and I instantly hit it off, and bonded over our love for large sprawling branches, and foraging the hedgerows.
Fiona and I are excited to announce a class that we will be teaching together in just one month!
This will be A relaxed, half-day workshop on the flower farm of Holme Flowers where you will forage for dramatic branches, work with flowers grown on the farm and design your own giant urn after a light lunch under the apple trees in the orchard.
Holme Farm is a beautiful working farm run by three sisters, Wendy, Sue and Jayne and is located in a delightful and secluded hamlet in rural North Yorkshire.
This is a fabulous opportunity to meet and spend some time with Sarah.
Investment – £499
For more details on the day and how to book, click here
More photos from my blissful month spent in England in the Summer of 2015.
I live in Northern Utah, where it is fairly rugged and dry. The land here is wildly different than the land in England. I was constantly shocked by how much there was just growing on the side of the road there. It wasn’t just that there was a lot growing there, it was what was growing. For example, wild foxglove! 4 feet tall! I loved the colors of the growth there, too. The green was SO green. We were the in the late summer, and many things had turned golden, too. At home when things go golden they very quickly turn a sort of grayish, very dead hue. But everything that turned golden on the side of the road in England seemed to be vibrantly glowing gold. Here are pictures of a few highlights for me. Bibury, in the Cotswolds, was a place a did a puzzle of when I was a kid, so being there felt surreal and like I was walking through a postcard.
The roses in England grow and die with such recklessness. I snipped a few to make this yellow arrangement, and love the way these pink roses exploded like a piñata spreading their petals into the grass below them.
I had the pleasure of teaching a little one day class with Grace, an incredible talented florist based in Seoul that I have also had a class with back at home. We made this garland over a window on the guest house that I was staying at. It felt like a fuzzy dream as we arranged flowers together outside on a perfect summer day, with cattle pleasantly grazing behind us and watching us work (ok, they were also snacking on some of our flowers too). Can’t wait to go back soon, I am counting down the days.
I am teaching a collaborative workshop with Becca and Maz of the Garden gate flower company this June in England!
For more information and to sign up, you can head over here.
I am so excited to announce that I have two new digital courses!
I have partnered with if i made again to bring you two courses that are a wonderful follow up to the ones i released last year. I have one new course that focuses on the seasons, and how I keep inspired all year long by using the different materials that are in season, and really embracing them. This course is a wonderful fit for florists and hobbyists alike!
The second course is all about installations. These bigger pieces are one of my favorite parts of the job, and in this course I share everything I know about them! You’ll learn about my inspiration for installations, my design and planning process, and all about the logistics of installation. This course has information for all level of florists, both beginners and those who are already experienced with installations.
Head over to the course website to read more about whats included, the courses are on a special promotional price until midnight on March 16th where you’ll receive $200 off if you purchase the combo package that contains both courses.
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