Introduction to Floristry Course at the Philippa Craddock Flower School : Part 1

I hope you had a lovely weekend…

Today I’m delighted to feature the first of two blog posts from my day at the Philippa Craddock Flower School earlier this year.

I’ve long admired Philippa’s work, so I was thrilled to be invited to attend her Introduction to Floristry Course.

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If you’re not familiar with Philippa, she’s an established florist who specialises in weddings and events.  Her client list includes Jenny Packham, Marco Pierre White, Temperley London and Lancôme.

Opening in December 2012, Philippa’s Flower School is located in the East Sussex countryside, in a wonderful, light and airy studio.

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The course began with theory and general information about working in the floristry industry.

Philippa explained all about conditioning, i.e. how to prepare flowers so that they are ready to use in an arrangement.

She also gave us advice on what to consider when buying roses.  And to bear in mind that there are different price brackets, depending on the length of the stem and fullness of the flower head.

She then demonstrated how to make a monochromatic hand-tied bouquet.

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Afterwards, it was our turn.  We used white Avalanche roses, lisianthus, pussy willow and eucalyptus.

Then we gift wrapped the bouquet with cellophane and made a water bag.

Here are some more images of the flowers and my design below…

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I loved Philippa’s choice of blooms and foliage…perfect for a beginner, yet also beautiful and classic.

Tomorrow, I’ll be featuring Part 2, where we made a rose bowl arrangement.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona, Philippa Craddock)

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