18 years ago I had the privilege of being taught and inspired by Jane Packer, a journey which led to the birth of The Flower Fairies. She was an internationally renowned florist who inspired many already in the flower industry but also many to venture into the magical world of flowers.
I think this was a big part of her legacy, her floral gifts were generously shared which opened up doors of opportunities for flower lovers all over the world.
The Flower Fairies Flower School is our way of paying it forward and sharing with others the skills and magic of flowers. Whether you want to learn a few tips and enjoy a day of floral creativity or go another level and learn some professional skills and techniques there is a course for you!
We have a beautiful studio located just north west of Oxford that can accommodate up to fifteen people and with all of our courses all materials are included, we throw in a few yummy cakes too an essential ingredient to any florists day! We can also offer bespoke courses, for example Hen Parties or special occasions, if there is something you are interested in doing and don't see a course that fulfills this, do get in touch.
Join us to learn how to make a beautiful luxury Christmas wreath full of the seasons offerings. From an abundance of foliages, berries, seed heads, dried fruits, luxurious ribbons and plenty of sparkle if you like a bit of bling there is a wealth of materials to choose from. The workshop includes a demonstration on how to make your wreath using a moss base, all your materials as well as some festive refreshments and is sure to set you off with all you need to embrace the fun and joy of the Christmas season. You will also be supporting a great cause as a percentage of the proceeds will be going towards the vulnerable in Oxfordshire, helping them to enjoy what can be a difficult time.
Bespoke 1-1 workshops are completely tailor made to suit your own individual needs. The classes cover all aspects of floral design, from bridal bouquets to vase arrangements, tablescapes to larger scale urns and installations. If there is a particular technique you would like to master or if you’re keen to learn about The Flower Fairies style so you can incorporate it into your own work, we’ll design a day of learning just for you. Along with teaching the creative aspect to flowers Charlie can also help with the practical side of running a floral business. From marketing to pricing and how to attract your ideal client, she can aid you with the tools and advice you need to move forward with your business. Held in our studio based in NW Oxfordshire, it provides a beautiful, serene setting to learn and create. The class includes all the materials needed along with some light refreshments which always includes some cake! Charlie is always willing to invest in you as much as you need in return for the financial investment you are making into the day, as such she is an open book to share as much of the experience, knowledge and wisdom she has gained over the past 17yrs working as a wedding and event florist. It is always her aim that you leave inspired, encouraged, and confident in your abilities and arms full of beautiful flowers!
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Join us to learn how to arrange a selection of seasonal blooms and foliage into a hand-tied bouquet. Using a spiralling technique you will learn how to hold and arrange the materials into a beautiful dome of flowers, which you can then wrap from a choice of tissue, paper and cellophane. This is a basic floristry technique that can be used to arrange flowers in vases at home or for presenting flowers as gifts to others, it can also be used as the foundation upon which to learn how to create bridal bouquets. All materials are included as well as refreshments including cake of course!
This is a fantastic course for anyone looking to gain practical floristry skills, perfect for complete beginners. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a day full of flowers and explore the joys of creating beautiful arrangements. This day is very much designed for you to switch off and indulge in the creative process of flower arranging. In our relaxed and beautiful studio we will introduce you to the foundations of floristry and over the course of the day you will learn about conditioning, make and take away; a hand tied bouquet, a wired floral crown, and a seasonal bowl arrangement. This is a full day jam packed with lots of seasonal materials, tips and advice. There will be demonstrations and as the classes are kept small (a maximum of 8) there is plenty of 1-1 tuition on hand. All materials will be provided and you will be able to take home the arrangements you make. Light refreshments are included.
This course is for florists looking to hone and advance their floristry skills specifically for the wedding industry. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a day full of flowers and explore the joys of creating essential wedding arrangements. Wedding floristry has like interiors and fashion moved in trends and style and as a wedding florist you need to be able to adapt and change not only with the trends but also with the changing techniques that come as our environment and circumstances evolve. In our relaxed and beautiful studio we will introduce you to an abundance of flowers and materials that are used specifically for weddings. Over the course of the day you will learn about varieties that distinguish themselves as being bridal, learn techniques that allow you to adapt the style of the bouquet, the cost of the bouquet and how to establish what a bride is looking for. This will take most of the morning and you will end up with a beautiful bridal bouquet complete with English silk ribbons. The afternoon will focus on wiring techniques that can be applied to buttonholes, corsages, hair accessories and flower crowns, we will then finish with a table center piece, focusing on a low design but looking at some of the aspects of table-scape design. This is a full day jam packed with lots of seasonal materials, tips and advice. There will be demonstrations and as the classes are kept small (a maximum of 5) there is plenty of 1-1 tuition on hand with Charlie sharing a wealth of knowledge from her 17yrs of experience in the wedding industry. All materials will be provided and you will be able to take home the arrangements you make. Light refreshments will be provided but this doesn’t include lunch.
Creating your own beautiful living wreath that celebrates the freshness and new beginnings of Spring is a delightful way to welcome in the new season. Creating a wreath that uses fresh flowers in a way that is friendly to our planet but will also last some time is a challenge as flowers only last so long. However using a combination of bulbs that can later be planted in the garden and reusable water tubes for the flowers which can be topped up with water and refreshed, this design will continue to bring you joy throughout the early days of Spring. The workshop will include all your seasonal materials along with a demonstration and plenty of hands on support and direction from Charlie. There will be a beautiful selection of bulbs, spring foliage and flowers as well as an array of colourful ribbons to finish your wreath with.
Autumn brings such an abundance of beautiful materials to play with that this is one of our favourite workshops! Join us in our beautiful studio to create a stunning wreath full of colour and texture. Using a moss base, a wealth of dried bracken, autumnal foliages, seed heads and berries will be provided along with gorgeous velvet ribbons. The beauty of these wreaths is that they dry beautifully too so they will certainly see you through to Christmas when you can replace it with a festive one. We will start with a demonstration and then it will be over to you to create your own, but as always there will be plenty of help on hand to ensure you master the technique. Light seasonal refreshments will be also be included, usually homemade cake!
Give the gift of flowers with our beautiful vouchers ~ available to be redeemed against a workshop or simply beautiful flowers, available in denominations of £25, £50, £100 and £500. The vouchers come beautifully packaged ready to give as the perfect gift.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and I will personally arrange for them to be sent for you.
In collaboration with the hugely talented Emily Tallulah Flowers this is a fully immersive day, learning all there is to know about large scale floral design using foam free mechanics. Working in small groups of 3-4 you will design and arrange a floral pillar, floral meadows and chandeliers as well as a tall floral riser for a tablescape, all in the beautiful Cotswolds wedding venue Merris Court Barns. You will benefit from nearly 40yrs of combined experience with Charlie & Emily taking you through the design process, recipes, stems counts, logistics and the important aspect of pricing. At the end of the day the venue will be beautifully dressed with an abundance of large installations as if ready for a real life wedding. You will leave with a renewed sense of confidence in your ability to deliver the floral wow factor on a larger scale to your clients. The esteemed wedding photographer, Binky Nixon, will also be capturing the day so that you can go away with some incredible images to add to your portfolio. The day begins at 9am and will finish approximately 6pm. All materials are included, light refreshments will be available throughout the day, but please do bring your own packed lunch.
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