My natural flower arranging workshop is the perfect workshop if you are tired of plastic-looking flowers with barely any scent arranged in foam or wired into submission. All flowers used will have been harvested from my small cutting garden, the hedgerow or my allotment and will reflect the time of year.
The workshops are on a one-to-one basis, although feel free to bring someone else along (max. 3 people per workshop) so that the course can be tailored to your individual requirements. We'll look at different types of display: natural-looking vases, low-level table displays and a simple jam jar posy before choosing one of them to create and take home. No previous flower arranging experience is required.
We'll begin with picking fresh flowers and foliage from the garden and learn about the best methods of harvesting and conditioning the flowers so that they last as long as possible in the vase. We'll use seasonal flowers but also explore the kinds of flowers and foliage you could be using year-round.
We'll discuss the elements of design including colour, balance and structure and look at choosing the right vase or container. We'll explore sustainable ways to support your flowers in the vase, removing the need for non-recyclable plastics like floral foam.
I'll demonstrate the different types of arrangements before handing over to you to make your own creation to take home with you. You are welcome to bring a favourite vase or vessel with you or I provide jam jars for arranging in and taking home.
We are based in the beautiful market town of Wymondham, Norfolk (20 mins drive from Norwich, 2 1/2 hours drive from London, 2 hours by train from King's Cross, London).
There are good bus links from Norwich and the surrounding areas, regular trains from Norwich and London, and there is parking available nearby if you are driving.
Individual, one-to-one courses: I can run the course on any weekday to suit you from April until the end of July and then from September until the end of October ( possibly going into November if we haven't had a frost!). If you would like to attend at a different time of year, please do get in contact as I can still run the workshop but may have to supplement with some shop-bought flowers.
The workshop runs from 10.00 am until 1 pm.
Workshops cost £45 per person. This includes all materials, refreshments including a homemade cake or biscuits and detailed notes on the best way to choose and arrange flowers for a natural display.
A gift voucher for a cut flower workshop would make an ideal gift for anyone with a love of flowers. Redeemable for the cost of a 1:1 workshop (£45). The recipient can choose a convenient time to attend the workshop. Please contact Jane to arrange payment and delivery (voucher can be emailed to the recipient or a paper copy can be posted).
Please use our Form to contact Jane to discuss mutually convenient dates. Before the course, I'll send you a short questionnaire to fill in.
I'm Jane Miles and I'm a gardener and crafter who is somewhat obsessed with growing and arranging natural, seasonal flowers from our family garden. I have completed the Cutting Garden course at Home Garden School, run by pioneering flower grower Charlie Ryrie, and I've helped create gardens with my husband at Miles Garden DesignOpens in a new windowfor over 10 years, gaining a real insight on how to plan the perfect garden for cutting flowers.