Earlier this year, I was invited to attend one day of a Four Week Vocational Course at the McQueens Floristry School in London.
This is the first of two blog posts about my time there. And it features step-by-step images of how to make a flower-adorned candelabra design, which the students made that morning.
Together with other floral elements, the candelabra was to be part of an elaborate tablescape, which the students would put together at the end of the day.
Duncan, one of the flower school teachers, started by cleaning a tall, black candelabra.
He explained the importance of attention to detail…in that the students should always ensure that their candelabra was clean before starting their design, and that all its arms were in the correct position.
Onto it, he secured a block of soaked floral foam using pot tape.
He mentioned that you should soak the floral foam a couple of days before your event, to ensure that all the excess water drains off.
And that you could ‘green up’ the design with foliage the day before.
He started with hard ruscus, which would act as ‘a bed’ for the flowers.
Then he added senecio, which he advised the students to place so that it was more prominent than the ruscus, as it almost acts as a ‘flower’ in the arrangement, due to its colour and texture.
He said it was crucial to keep the whole design compact and in line with the shape of the candelabra, but not to let the plant material interfere with the candle area.
And he told the students to occasionally step back from the design to assess their work. Plus look down on it, to check the shape.
Once Duncan had finished greening up the design, Francis, who also teaches at the floristry school, added ‘Cezanne’ and ‘Memory Lane’ roses, together with ‘Magical Coral’ hydrangeas.
Here’s the finished candelabra below…
Throughout the morning, Duncan and Francis gave the students lots of advice, from hints and tips about the consultation process with a bride or venue, plus when and how to use a candelabra, to making the actual design.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s blog post. Tomorrow, I’ll be featuring Part 2 where the students make another arrangement before using both designs to make a breath-taking tablescape.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)