June 7, 2013

Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala 2013 – Floristry Demonstration by Robbie Honey : Part 1

Yesterday afternoon, I attended Robbie Honey‘s floristry demonstration at the Guildford Cathedral Flower Gala.

And I wasn’t the only one in awe of the breath-taking floral arrangements which he created!

This is the first of two blog posts today, where you’ll see step-by-step how Robbie made a tablecentre design, perfect for a wedding reception.


He started with an urn which had been painted using a lovely shade of Farrow & Ball paint.

Into the urn, he placed a plastic dish with four blocks of soaked floral foam, which had been secured on to the dish with pot tape.

He explained that he wanted to create a dome shape and that you need to think carefully about the correct placement of the first line of flowers.

So, using white and pale yellow English stocks, he started by inserting the first bloom into the very centre of the foam.


Then, he moved downwards in a line, using flowers that had been cut all the same length.




The next step was to create a cross with another line of stocks, before adding more stems. Robbie then asked florist Jamie Ryder to continue the design.

You’ll see in the next blog post, which will be online later today, what Robbie went on to create to complement the urn arrangement.


Here’s the beautiful finished design…


Prior to Part 2, if you’d like to read more about Robbie, here’s an interview with him which I featured on Flowerona last year.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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