Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a Press Day at the new Jay Archer Floral Design Flower School in Hampshire.
Just a short drive from Basingstoke, it’s based in a lovely old farmhouse surrounded by woodlands. Jay launched the school officially in April and courses will start in September. In the first week of opening up bookings, due to the wonderful power of social media, budding florists living in Los Angeles, Dublin and Scotland booked places at the school.
The teaching will focus predominantly on oasis-free designs and an ‘English Garden’ aesthetic…Jay’s signature style. There will be three different types of floristry courses: Career Courses, Inspiration Courses and Hobby Courses.
These courses are for florists looking to change direction or develop skills. And several are also aimed at the budding florist or those with no previous experience. The courses include Wedding Floristry Career Course, How to Decorate a Marquee and Pedestal & Runners Design Course.
The Inspiration courses explore the influences of Constance Spry and the Dutch Masters across three unique workshops using environmentally friendly techniques…Dutch Masters Golden Age Floral Design, New Wave Floristry: Exploring Constance Spry in Spring/Autumn and Decorate a Christmas Tree.
These courses are for hobbyists or anyone with an interest in flower arranging. They include Dinner Party Table Flowers, How to Make a Christmas Wreath and Mother’s Day Crafternoon Tea.
First off, I’d like to share with you some stunning photos taken by Ria Mishaal of the flower school itself, starting off outside…
And then moving inside. I loved the school’s logo painted on the wall behind Jay’s ‘teaching desk’.
And here’s heading out the back door of the school, where there’s a pretty garden with picnic benches for breaks and lunch.
Back to the Press Day and on arrival, we were treated to delicious biscuits and beverages.
Then Jay demonstrated how to make a beautiful bridal bouquet using British flowers.
Lunch was absolutely delicious!
And in the afternoon, after a demo from Jay on how to make a flower crown, it was our turn.
Here are my wired and taped flowers and foliage…
And here’s my finished design.
Thank you so much to Jay for such a lovely day! She really has put so much thought and attention-to-detail into every element of setting up her new flower school and I’m sure it will be a huge success!
If you love Jay’s wonderful romantic, wild and natural floristry style and would like to find out more details about the school and the courses, simply visit the Jay Archer Floral Design Flower School website. Social media wise, you can find the school on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
And I featured footage from my visit in my latest Flowerona Reflects Video, if you’d like to take a look at that too.
P.S. Here’s a link to an interview that I did with Jay, back in 2012. Hasn’t the time flown by!
(Images : Ria Mishaal Photography)