On Saturday afternoon we were delighted to welcome Dee Watkins, a lecturer in Floristry at Highbury College to our premises to give a demonstration entitled ‘Christmas at Home’. Dee showed us how to make an array of arrangements suitable for any home over the Festive season and inspired us with her innovative designs based around natural and recycled materials. At the end of the Demonstration all the displays were raffled in aid of Rowans Hospice
We are delighted to announce details of the following events which will take place at our premises in Horndean during November and December
Tickets for these events generally sell quite quickly so if you wish to attend please book your place as soon as possible
If you are still struggling with Christmas gift ideas for family or friends why not order a fresh flower bouquet or table centrepiece from us. With bouquets starting from £25 and table arrangements from £30 they make an ideal gift. Local delivery is included in the cost and if you need the gift to reach further afield, bouquets can be sent via overnight courier for an additional £10. Please call us on 023 9259 1422 to discuss your specific requirements (varying colour choices available).
If you wish to be more creative we can supply all the flowers, foliage and sundry items you may need to make your own Christmas displays (either locally or nationally) so do either pop in or call us to place your order ready for collection on the day of your choosing.
On Tuesday afternoon we welcomed a group of ladies to the warehouse who had requested a tailor made workshop. The group, who have previously named themselves ‘The Flower Fairies,’ were shown how to make a front facing modern hand tied arrangement with an autumnal theme, a corsage and finally Clare demonstrated how to feather a carnation.
Tailor made workshops can be organised for a minimum of 4 people and can generally cover any theme of your choice. If you are interested in arranging your own workshop do get in touch.
We now have our Christmas sundries on display so do come in and take a look. From pine cones and cinnamon sticks to birch and ting ting we have a wide selection of products ideally suited for creating Christmas arrangements
Our feet have hardly touched the ground in the past two weeks as we begin the lead up to Christmas.
On Saturday 15th November we once again welcomed NAFAS Demonstrator Gill Smaggasgale for a Winter Demonstration entitled ‘Have You Ever Stopped to Wonder’ which started with Gill reciting the first verse of a Christmas Carol she wrote as a child for a Blue Peter Christmas Carol competition. Gill delighted everyone with displays all with a Christmas theme interspersed with ‘Stocking Fillers’ of individual arrangements which gave everyone inspiration for their own Christmas decorations. The demonstration ended with the remainder of the Christmas Carol and raffling off of all the arrangements in aid of Rowan’s Hospice for which we raised an amazing £90.
Last Saturday was our Bridal Flower Open Day which was attended by in excess of 50 Brides / Grooms and their families. We were inundated with enquiries and now have a busy few weeks compiling quotes and meeting with couples who booked appointments for consultations with us. It was lovely to see so many people and we were also delighted to be joined by local companies Eliza Mabel, Queen Bees Treats, Carro’s Cakes, Hana Venn Photography and Quaint and Quirky Event Hire who all loved being part of the day.
Next on the event schedule are our Christmas Open House mornings which take place on Saturday 29th November and Monday 1st December from 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Do join us for a coffee and a mince pie and a chance to view our range of Christmas sundries. We also now have in stock bags of Spagnum Moss, Noble Fir Bundles and 12″ Noble Fir Wreath Frames.
We do also still have some places left on our Christmas Workshops which take place on Thursday 11th December and Tuesday 16th December from 10.00 – 12.30. These Workshops are always great fun and enjoyed by all those who attend. Please contact us for further details.
Unbelievably Christmas is now only a month away so do let us have your Christmas flower orders and we will look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks
I know that for most of us the thought of looking ahead to the winter months is not something we truly relish but with September a matter of days away it is time to give you some advance notice of the winter events we have planned.
Please see details of our forthcoming events by clicking on the links below – we look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks and do enjoy what is left of the summer.
Happy New Year to you all and let’s hope 2014 is a happy, healthy and successful year for us all. It seems unbelievable that we are now almost half way through January but it seems a good opportunity to reflect on the events we were involved with leading up to Christmas.
We were delighted to work with Jane Rickard and the Surrey Area of NAFAS supplying the flowers to “Florimania for Christmas” at Hampton Court Palace. Having supplied “Spring Florimania” for a number of years it was wonderful to see the Palace transformed with a festive floral twist as Williams III’s apartments were dressed with Christmas floral arrangements. Visitors were also able to attend Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration demonstrations by Area Demonstrators.
We now look forward to supplying the next “Spring Florimania” to be held over Mothering Sunday weekend at the end of March.
On the 14th December we welcomed NAFAS demonstrator Irene Hickson to our warehouse for a demonstration entitled “Festive Fantasy”. Over 50 ladies attended the event which saw Irene display examples of festive arrangements in a multitude of colours from pink and purple to the more traditional reds and greens. Irene had been recommended to us by members of a local flower club and we were certainly not disappointed – her enthusiasm, humour and obvious love of flower arranging left everyone inspired and motivated to create their own Christmas designs.
Below is a small selection of photographs from the demonstration.
As we drew closer to Christmas we held two of our very popular Workshop mornings. Lead by our in house florist Rebecca Warwick workshop attendees were shown how to create two Christmas arrangements. The workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and we have already been asked to hold a ‘tailor made’ workshop for two of the ladies who attended plus some of their friends in the Spring.
Below is a selection of photographs taken at both the Workshops.
18th December was an early start for Clare and Sally who were at Portsmouth Dockyard by 6.30 in the morning to deliver the flowers ordered for the Homecoming of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster. Members of the Ship’s company had pre-ordered either a single red rose or a bouquet of flowers for presentation to their loved ones on disembarkation from the Ship after their 7 month deployment to the Caribbean.
The pictures below show the boxes of flowers being loaded onto the launch for transportation out to the Ship prior to its arrival into the Dockyard.
I think that just about summarises the end of last year and we are now preparing for the coming weeks which will include Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday followed by what is looking to be a very busy Summer of weddings.