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Published May 12th 2019
Flourishing with flowers
Flowers are popular in gardens, in vases, pots and in all sorts of arrangements. They make appearances on menus and not merely as a decorative item. Brides increasingly look to flowers not only for bouquets, but the whole look of a room/venue/church and the wedding and event. But have you ever thought of learning how to use them creatively in arrangements?
We Love Flowers Flowers pay homage at memorials in the form of wreaths and bouquets. Flowers are the gift for a loved one, to say sorry, 'I love you', thank you, and are given for healing and in sympathy. The act of placing flowers in cemeteries and at times of remembrance is a powerful gesture. It seems as a community, that we love flowers for so many reasons.
Floristry is about the art of flower arrangement. Taking a collection of flowers and bringing them together in quite exciting ways. Floristry is indeed an art form and the techniques of floristry can be learned for personal and professional use. Adelaide Floristry School offers short certificate courses in floristry that can be done by day or evening. Participants can take a course to learn a new vocation or as a hobby. As someone who has always dreamed of owning a flower shop, finding out about floristry has been a dream come true.
Learning the Tricks of the Trade As a long time lover of flowers I have always loved arranging flowers, but never knew any of the 'tricks of the trade'. I was fortunate to be able to take a beginner evening floristry session to learn the art of flower arranging. I was able to learn a lot in a mere two hours with thanks to the tuition of our experienced teacher, Vanessa.
Students arrive and complete the necessary paperwork and most purchase a little floristry toolbox which contains useful floristry equipment. We are all given an apron and instructed to use protective hand cream for our hands. Next, we learn about the types of flowers we are using and the process of preparing the flowers. Preparation as in most things is very important. The techniques learnt are laying the groundwork of ongoing floristry arrangement processes. Floristry is an active role and participants stand to do all their flower arrangements.
Making Your Own Bouquet The whole class is able to watch, ask questions and begin making their own bouquet. We are soon selecting blooms and foliage, before tying our bunch. Further instructions await on the art of the wrap, as wrapping flowers is an art in itself. There are a glorious amount of ribbons on offer as a final flourish to the bouquet.
Take Home a Beautiful Bouquet Each beautiful bouquet is an individual work of art. We are also instructed on making an aqua-pack water bubble to transport our flowers, as we learn flowers do not tolerate being out of water for long. The good news is we are all able to take home a stunning bouquet.
Workshops and Classes Adelaide Floristry School offers Workshops, Short Courses, and an 'Industry Ready' Course for those who are passionate about working with flowers. Vanessa Miglis has over 20 years of floristry experience and has knowledge of the floristry business. Adelaide Floristry School training is aligned with contemporary design and is grounded in a genuine love for the industry.
Vanessa Miglis has over 20 years floristry experience
All classes are inclusive and hands-on. There are also special classes for Bridal flowers and weddings, Mother's Day and other events. All the details are on their website and Facebook page. Why not ignite your love of flowers with a floristry workshop. It's fun, creative and enriching working with plants and flowers while discovering new things. A floristry class or workshop would also make a lovely gift for a special birthday or occasion.