I think there’s an authenticity, a real connection, and heartfelt honesty about creating Christmas wreaths using materials you have either grown, or things that you can find, or bring in from your garden. Those ingredients also have another huge advantage, and it is this. As well as being fresher, there’s also no carbon footprint, and really no need for them to have flown for miles to adorn your own Christmas wreath.
Our fierce ethos is that scent, season and ultimately sustainability is the most beautiful thing we can choose to create our wreaths with. Here in Cheshire, next to the canal, our hawthorn hedges are filled to bursting with berried ivy. We grow lots of foliage in our cut flower garden too, as when the flowers are gone in winter, their leaves provide colour and shape, and the promise of things to come in springtime.
I confess I always leave lots of holly berries for the blackbirds too but truthfully, we have quite a large tree at our gate. Our desire is for everyone to think of foraging as a thoughtful, responsible, and nature enhancing activity. Dried “weeds” can add wonderful texture – take the seed heads out of our garden, and leave some for the birds too.
Spruce, holly and ivy are traditional and beautiful ingredients for Christmas but there are other less used but equally brilliant that you can add to your Christmas wreaths . Some of our favourites include:
If you’d like to learn how you too can make Christmas sustainable, and create a a seasonal scented wreath in your very own wild garden style join us in one of our live online classes. We’ve shared our wild garden style floral principles with literally hundreds of floral enthusiasts and continue to talk about what ingredients you can combine together to create.
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.
Floral Classes For 2022
.....our canalside wild garden LIVE online classes have finished for now.
Thank you if you were part of the "Nature and Nurture" flower class series 1H 2021. We loved every single class from everlasting dried Valentine's Wreath's, and wild garden style bouquets for Mother's Day, Easter and Spring with the final bouquet class on the summer solstice.
We don't have any further classes right at the moment, but we are finalising our programme for 2H 2021 right now so check back soon or subscribe to our newsletter to be amongst the first to hear!
We are plotting and planning, exploring and investigating floral classes for 2022.
Always, our fierce focus is to share how we create our signature "Wild garden Style" floral designs using local, scented, seasonal and sustainable flowers.
In fact. we only ever use local, garden grown (in our case) British flowers. Our desire is in every class to inspire you to create your own planet friendly, environmentally conscious floral designs using ingredients that reflect your season, your flora and your locale.
Rather than a constraint, we believe creating with your own seasonal garden grown flowers encourages you to make floral art that truly embodies your own unique floral signature.
2022 is our 3rd season of live online classes. We look forward to continued conversations with sustainable floral enthusiasts from the far flung Scotland Highlands, down to Devon and Cornwall, across to Wales, and way beyond to North America, Australia, New Zealand. To hear more subscribe to our newsletter.
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.