Join flower farmers Suzie Rush and Clarey Wrightston for a cut-flower arranging workshop. Hear from the experts and create your own stunning arrangement to take home.
Outline for the day: Arrival and tea and coffee from 10am, with the workshop beginning at 10:30am and ending at approximately 3pm.
Introduction: Suzie Rush and Clarey Wrightson have both established successful cut-flower businesses as part of the re-emergence of the British flower industry – Picked at Dawn and the Manor Garden. Suzie and Clarey will talk about how they have achieved this (you can read more about the workshop leaders below) and the challenges and joys they have faced along the way. They will provide ideas and tips about growing your own cut-flowers no matter what size garden you have and will talk about the importance of supporting locally grown flowers and the ‘Flowers from the Farm’ initiative.
Demonstration: Clarey will do a wild and natural flower arrangement demonstration. Clarey’s arrangement will be oasis free. She will talk you through conditioning and the importance of knowing your flowers, their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to using them in arrangements.
Practical workshop: Provided with a vessel, chicken wire and flowers, Suzie and Clarey will expertly take you through the process of creating a unique, natural and beautiful arrangement. You’ll then make your own arrangement to take home with you.
Question and answer: Ask Suzie and Clarey any other questions you have and round the day off with more tea and a scrumptious piece of cake.
Cost: £80pp including a light lunch and free car parking
Bookings: visit www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk or call 01751 417367.
Clarey is a floral designer from Darlington where she grows flowers with her husband in an old walled garden for their business Manor Garden Flowers. Featured in Country Living magazine and The Telegraph, Clarey uses the seasons and the landscape around her as inspiration to create a style that is romantic, ethereal and wild. Clarey likes to use her own and gorgeous locally grown British flowers from Suzie at Picked at Dawn wherever possible in her work but her favourite thing is to then go rummaging through the local woodlands and hedgerows for foraged and found wild pieces adding texture, depth and a quirky edge to her work.
Picked at Dawn is run from a private walled garden in Thirsk by Suzie Rush. With over a decade of experience in the horticulture industry, Suzie’s years of experience of growing perennials for garden centres has now been diversified into growing flowers for cutting. Prior to her career in horticulture, Suzie studied Art and Design crafts at university. The flowers she grows allow her to explore a passion for design in a wholesome naturalistic way. Suzie takes great time in selecting the seeds and growing the flowers which bring designs and the senses to life. As her brand name suggests, Suzie takes particular pride in the freshness and seasonality of her flowers and foliage. Suzie has been supplying flowers to artisan florists (like Clarey from Manor Garden) and to special events for a couple of years now. She is striving to bring a more diverse range of flowers to people working within the industry and for people to enjoy in their homes.