“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”, so goes the English Romantic proverb. So why, then, do cut flowers – and specifically those picked up alongside weekly groceries – never last more than a week?
I popped by The Sussex Flower School, set in the idyllic East Sussex village of East Hoathly, to turn my hand to beginners floristry and discover tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded drooping tulip!
A mummy-daughter day out, we attended the “Supermarket Flowers” workshop. This covers the basics, from prolonging the life of shop-bought flowers, to, in the words of the school’s lovely owner Georgia, “joosh up” a simple supermarket bouquet.
And “joosh” we did.
Georgia, who spent many years as a wedding florist and floristry teacher before opening up the school, guided us through the class with many giggles along the way. She has a real eye for floral design, including historic fashions, and impressive depth of knowledge that is accessible even by the novice florist! By the end, each of us had created both a beautiful hand-tied bouquet and summery centre piece to take home.
Classes are kept small and intimate so you can be sure of one-to-one interaction throughout. The workshop itself is light and airy and copious amounts of tea are on hand all day, alongside homemade cake and a simple lunch.
Georgia runs workshops in DIY bridal floristry, to flower crowns and seasonal Christmas wreath making. She is also able to arrange private, bespoke options. To see a full list of classes, see: www.thesussexflowerschool.co.uk.
Thanks so much for having us, Georgia! We had the most wonderful day!
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