Christmas Preview at New Covent Garden Flower Market, 2nd-3rd November 2011

This is an annual event at the Nine Elms Flower Market in the district of Vauxhall. We were pleased to be asked to take part at this year’s preview which promised to be bigger and better than ever.

Tuesday 1st November: we set up our stand and with the assistance of four enthusiastic students from Writtle School of Agriculture, we decorated a giant Christmas wreath and made smaller samples for display. Using yule logs and moss we added some forest touches to the base of our stand, and for splashes of colour, we created a table setting, i.e. placed red tulips in traditional Finnish design iittala Maribowls. The final result was a very natural seasonal display that reflected our own unique style of design and decoration.

Wednesday 2nd November: Today was preview day and hundreds of flower enthusiasts, students and their teachers visited the exhibition stands and watched the demonstrations.  Our stand was very popular. Many of our visitors were curious about the materials we used and enquired how the designs were created.

Thursday 3rd November: Starting at 7.30am, Pasi led four workshops, which although only half an hour in length involved demonstrating to florist students how to make a decorative necklace using wire, ribbon and rosehip berries; he then supervised their work, a mammoth task as there were nearly one hundred students attending each workshop.

This event worked very well for us and would like to thank Liz and her staff at the market for their help and support; plus an even bigger thanks to the students who assisted us on preparation day.

There are other opportunties over the next few weeks to take part in our workshops. On the 8th, 22nd and 23rd of November we are hosting wreath making courses, from 7-9.00pm at a cost of £55. The fee covers the cost of all materials, two hours of coaching and the finished wreath to take home; you can make a wreath for your front door or an advent table decoration.


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