Hello! I’m back from an extended Easter break and delighted to kick off with a wonderful interview plus amazing floral designs by Betany Coffland from California-based Chloris Floral. Betany launched Chloris Floral in winter 2014, and her business name perfectly reflects her two artistic endeavours, classical singing and floral design.
What inspired you to start creating floral designs inspired by music?
I’m a Juilliard trained professional opera singer and flowers came into my life about four years ago when I started volunteering on a flower farm. After I started Chloris Floral, I was searching for a way to combine my two passions. I harvest most of my flowers on local flower farms and I constantly have music swirling in my head while doing so.
If you watched my Instagram Stories at the beginning of the week, you’ll have seen that I was at New Covent Garden Flower Market in London on Monday morning for the opening day of the brand new Flower Market. There was such a wonderful buzz!
With the houseplant trend continuing to grow at an incredible rate of speed, I’m delighted today to re-introduce my monthly Houseplant of the Month blog posts. And to start off the series is the wonderfully exotic banana tree!
In this week’s video, I share with you behind the scenes footage of a Ponderosa & Thyme workshop, which took place in Dorset last April. And if you missed it first time around, here’s a link to my blog post featuring lots of beautiful images of the workshop.
I understand that there are just a few places left for Katie’s next UK workshop, which is taking place this September in Suffolk. Here are all the details, if you’d like to join her. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Today, I’m delighted to share with you details of an event which one of the Flowerona blog advertisers is holding this summer. The Academy of Floral Art is running ‘The Big Event’ – the Academy Floral Spa at Bridwell Park in Devon. And here’s an interview with the tutors, with details about the course content.
Can you tell us what ‘The Big Event’ is all about?
Quite simply, ‘The Big Event’ is all about taking the fear out of large-scale events for florists. We find that many talented florists are so daunted by the scale of the design challenge and the potential financial risks, that it’s holding their flower businesses back.