To start off today are some photos of the beautiful blooms outside their shop, including roses, scabious and Love-in-a-Mist.
The afternoon session started off with advice from Gillian Wheeler, the Principal of The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, on how to get inspiration for creating our own bouquets at home.
She showed us a selection of floristry books, including Rene’s Bouquets: A Guide to Euro-Style Hand-Tied Bouquets and International Floral Art 2010-2011.
She suggested that we started to collect pictures from magazines and books which appealed to us and place them in a file for colour combination and texture inspiration.
She also recommended that we visited charity shops and places like TKMaxx to find unusual containers for our arrangements.
Gillian demonstrated how to create a table arrangement. She used a piece of floral foam in a black plastic cube container and started off by ‘greening up’ with ivy.
She then placed in a variety of flowers including white lilies and purple lisianthus. Then Lynne showed us the way to soak your floral foam and also the way not to do it!
It was our turn next and you can see from the photos that all our designs are very different.
We left with two lovely arrangements, together with notes from Gillian on conditioning and how to select flowers and foliage for bouquets.
I’d highly recommend the Summer Flowers course for complete beginners to floristry. Everyone felt so much more confident in creating floral designs after the pitched-perfect teaching from Gillian.
Background about The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers
The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers is a floral design school based in the heart of Covent Garden. It offers four different types of courses to teach flower design: Professional Flower Design Courses, Day Courses, Evening Courses and Special Events.
The wide range of courses available means that the academy is suited to everyone, from first-timers to experienced students.
From October 2011, The Academy will be the first floral design school to offer three accredited courses, the Classic Flower Design course, Fast Track Flower Design course and Intensive Flower Design course, where students can gain the credits towards undergraduate degrees.
The Academy was also awarded accreditation by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education in January 2011.
P.S. You may recognise Gillian from her TV appearance earlier in the year. For the BBC programme ‘Britain’s Royal Weddings’, she recreated the Queen Mother’s bouquet using one hundred white roses and Scottish heather.
P.P.S Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall visited The Academy this year too! Click here for the full story.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)