I am super lucky! I was recently able to spend a whole week at the Leafy Couture Flower School. It was paradise. I don’t wish to gloat; but rather share my experience with you, as it was super inspirational!
Being the planner that I am, I booked my place weeks before I was due to attend. I was already way too excited! Can you imagine how I felt on the first day at the Leafy Couture Flower School?!?!?!
Day 1 and I was first to arrive. Yes. I got there even before the Leafy Couture team! If only they knew what accepting me on to the Introduction to Floristry course really meant – for them and me!
A perfect setting
First of all, the environment was amazing. This year the Leafy Couture Flower School and Studio moved to the grounds of Wharfedale Grange, a fabulous new wedding venue that is super luxe! A very unassuming wooden hut (sorry if that’s offensive!) was the location for the studio. It was rustic, packed to the brim with different flower vessels, ribbons, mirrors, props, well used and loved wooden furniture, floral accessories – and lots, and lots of flowers! You could not fail to be inspired by the space.
Then there was the Leafy Couture Flower School team. The team is headed up by the lovely and florsitically talented Sarah, with brilliant organisation and support from Amie. Plus, through the week we also met the amazing floristry team including Anne-Marie, Martha and Katie. Not only were their talents awesome; they were lovely people to be around too. I ask a lot of questions on a normal day; this was an exceptional week for questions – and the Leafy Couture Flower School team answered them all!
It was also great to be joined by fellow students Fay, Abigail and Rachel – what a team! What struck me through the week was how we all had the same amazing flowers to choose from; but everyone created something different! Such were the great possibilities when you’re in an inspirational environment.
What we learned at Leafy Couture Flower School
Sarah was exceptionally generous with her skills and knowledge. Without going through the exact details of each day, we learned loads. On the creative front this included hand tied sheaths and bouquets; table arrangements; pedestal arrangements; buttonholes; bouquets; flower crowns and funeral sprays… to name but a few.
On the morning of day one, there was a visit from Alison at Simply Foliage. What a joy to climb aboard her van and see the swathes of foliage from her garden – and further afield. She had an amazing selection! My mind is definitely expanded now in terms of the choice is foliages and where to find them! Who knew?!
We also learned the basics such as flower conditioning; how to plan orders and cost them; as well as the intricacies of running a floristry business. Sarah’s knowledge was extensive and detailed; if I took in half of it, it would have been a miracle!
Down at the flower market
Our final day also included visits to two flower markets. This was heaven! So many flowers and really helpful and knowledgeable staff. This is particularly the case at The Flower Connection which is one of my favourite places to visit for beautiful flowers and plants. Having Sarah and Anne-Marie guide us around the store and help us know what to choose, and how to take care of the flowers, was so useful.
So I mentioned what a great setting we had for the Leafy Couture Flower School. Well, when we had made our pedestal arrangements, we even got to take them inside the stunning Wharfedale Grange and photograph them! Cue a myriad of oohs and ahhs! Obviously my arrangement looked very much suited to the venue!
Plus, if it couldn’t get any better, we also had fabulous weather for the week, which meant having a very civilised lunch under the giant oak tree outside the studio every day. How absolutely delightful! As a thank you, I homebaked a rose and pistachio cake for our last day to share with everyone. Thankfully it went down well! Every day at the flower school also involved copious amounts of earl grey tea and biscuits to get us through a very busy and warm week! Those who know me, know of my love for earl grey tea, so I was very much at home here.
The start of something…
Having trained in floristry and plant care around 20 years ago, it was great to refresh and learn new skills. And what an amazing environment to learn in! I’ve put together just a small gallery of images that sum up the wonderful week; I hope you like them! (You can see how giddy with excitement I am!)
I loved my time at the Leafy Couture Flower School and I didn’t want to leave. Hopefully one day soon, Sarah and the team will have me back again… I’ll bring earl grey tea and cake, promise!!!