The Spring season was recently welcomed with enthusiasm by ladies from all over Somerset, Devon and Dorset at two flower arranging workshops held at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall near Chard.
A huge variety of seasonal flowers and foliage were used to make beautiful Spring posies. The ladies watched a step-by-step demonstration first, which included showing them how to spiral their stems, followed by an easy method to securely tie them. They were then able to add the finishing touches by wrapping them if they wanted to give their posy as a gift.
Amongst the beautiful scent in the village hall created by the flowers was a lot of fun, laughter and great excitement for the floral design they were making. Lots of floristry hints, tips and tricks of the trade were given along the way.
Ingrid Edginton, Acting Head Teacher at Axminster Primary School who lives in Chard said: “These workshops are inspirational! I learnt about how to condition my flowers so they are at their best and also learnt some useful tips about Roses and Gerberas. This was in addition to making my beautiful spring posy which was wrapped in grapevine. I was really pleased with my design. Jackie is extremely knowledgeable and teaches with such enthusiasm and encouragement I will definitely be coming again.”
Local Somerset tutor, Jackie Nicholls from Ashville Design who teaches the workshops said: “I really must congratulate everyone, particularly those who had never been to workshops like these before, they all did so well. It really does prove that you don’t need any experience to have a go.
“Spring is the start of warmer weather and happier days, so to be able to have fun teaching such an uplifting design was an absolute pleasure. Working with flowers is so relaxing, therapeutic and stress free. I’m really looking forward to all the other workshops that are coming up soon.”
Image: Local ladies proudly displaying their spring posies. Photo: Jackie Nicholls