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.
Ooooooooh, England. You truly have my heart.
My maternal grandmother was British, she has an incredible story. She grew up in WW1 as a child in England who grew up in an orphanage, and remembers land mines from WW1 going off in her neighborhood where she played. In WW2 she lost her husband, and was a single young mother who worked through the war. After losing her first husband in the war, she met an American man in the Navy at a dance when his ship was docked for a few days in the town she lived in. She married him, took her four year old on a boat and they made their journey to American to start a new life and wait for her husband to finished out the war. She knew sacrifice, and the beauty that can come from it. She appreciated nature in every way, and never took anything for granted. I credit her for giving me my love for flowers, and for teaching me to appreciate all the earth has to offer, both big and small. I had visited England before, but in the Summer of 2015 we took a trip there and stayed mostly in the countryside for a month. We took each day very slow, and made sure to live every moment soaking up all of the beauty around us. It was a sort of pilgrimage for me, and I felt so connected to my grandmother everywhere we went. The gardens and outdoor spaces there were the highlight for me, a few of them captured here in my travel photos.
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