It is really rewarding to focus on supporting a specific individual in their floristry though. From my own botanical roots, and taking time to research how to create using the wild flowers growing in my garden, I have been able to provide first hand experience on a marriage of both floral design principles with a more natural style of creating.
We don’t try to use sustainable flowers. We only ever use sustainable flowers. No ifs, no buts, no trying, just doing. To offer advice on growing, and real practical alternatives, flowers grown with positive environmental impact, is something I am really keen to share. In all my classes, the realisation that I see dawn is that floral choices can be made, More seasonal, more sustainable, and more scented options are there. This can give florists and floral enthusiasts alike a creative clear conscience. Truthfully, it is rather liberating.
There are very practical suggestions I have learnt in the years I have been growing flowers. To be able to help another floral enthusiast avoid some of the pitfalls in creating, and even in developing their craft, is something I am really inspired to do. Of course everyone is different, with different needs, different requests, different aspirations, so it is stimulating to adapt both techniques and teaching to best help that specific person.
However, there are also common themes that crop up.
What to grow starting out is one, but by far the most asked question is how to create a bouquet that looks like it has just been gathered from the garden. What goes into creating the shape, to giving the design movement, and what elements and methods are used to add both depth and a living texture. That of course is the very essence of my wild garden and my wild garden style.
A 19th century historic wharf and Cheshire canalside cutting garden is the inspiration for our wild garden style ethos. I root my floral design in every precious fleeting seasonal moment, growing and creating only ever with local seasonal scented British flowers.
If sustainability matters to you, if you care that floral creations are as kind to the environment as they are beautiful, then I am a kindred spirit.
We share our artisan florals in our live online virtual flower classes, and with our flowers, create bouquets and undertake a few intimate Cheshire weddings a year.
Online Flower Class Testimonial
I felt like I was there. I just couldn't reach out and stick my nose in the flowers. It was as if I was sat in your front room watching your creativeness.