Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017 at Riverdale Farm Albany

Riverdale Farm #riverdalefarmalbany hosted its first Garden Gathered Workshop #gardengatheredworkshop in mid November 2017. Helen and Abbey Leighton collaborated with two experienced Floral Designers from Perth Jane McGlynn and Steph Wall. It was held at the peak of the spring rose flush and together with a variety of other farm grown spring flowers the participants were spoilt for choice. Florists and Floral enthusiasts from the Great Southern and Perth enjoyed a perfect spring day at the farm.


The farm is 100 acres in size located on the south coast of Western Austraila on the banks of the Kalgan River near Albany. A large country style garden with many rose varieties, garden and native flowers, kitchen garden, orchard and a small pinot noir vineyard keeps Jim and I very busy. In addition the property plays host to several beehives. I use our home grown blooms in my Wedding and Event Floral Design. I have become a Farmer/Florist #farmerflorist and love the changing palette of materials that I can access from the gardens with the seasonal shift. A most rewarding way to design. My daughter Abbey uses our product for her design work as her time allows.


The day began with a tour of the garden here after a welcome morning cuppa. Table centrepiece design and bridal bouquets were covered.


Our centrepieces were made in custom made pottery compotes by the talented Julia Foulsham of Lua Leuca Floral. The demonstration was led by Steph Wall of Wallflower Studio before everyone made their own unique centrepiece to take home.


A home cooked lunch was enjoyed with Jim Leighton and Jacqui Grieve on hand to serve our guests on the deck overlooking the gardens. Participants centrepieces provided colour and scent to the tablescape.


Following lunch, Jane McGlynn of Ivy Flowers demonstrated her bridal bouquet making skills before participants produced their own bouquets. These were finished with hand dyed silk ribbons by Helen Leighton.


Our model for the day, Georgie Bertola ensured that participants went home with beautiful images for their portfolio. Georgie wore a stunning gown by Harriette Gordon with her hair and makeup done by the lovely duo of Kate Samiotis and Carissa Robinson.


Katie Grant was our gorgeous photographer for the day taking beautiful photos of everyones' work.





Workshop participants having a garden tour at Riverdale Farm.

David Austin Rose Garden at Riverdale Farm

Gardens at Riverdale Farm Albany

Gardens at Riverdale Farm Albany

Rows of Pinot Noir with Rose Sally Holmes at the ends.


Introductions at Garden Gathered Workshop at Riverdale Farm with Helen Leighton, Abbey Leighton, Steph Wall and Jane McGlynn


Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017


GardenGathered Workshop Spring 2017

Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017

Centrepiece design by Steph Wall at the Garden Gathered Workshop 2017

Centrepiece design by Abbey Leighton at the Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017

Home cooked lunch at Riverdale Farm Albany

Spring salad at Riverdale Farm

Jim Leighton of Riverdale Farm Albany

Flowers and food at the Garden Gathered Workshop in Spring 2017 at Riverdale Farm



Jane McGlynn of Ivy Flowers with her demonstration bouquet at the Garden Gathered Workshop 2017

Plant dyed silk ribbons ready for the bouquets at the Garden Gathered Workshop at Riverdale Farm by Helen Leighton

Model Georgie Bertola with a participant's bouquet from the Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017

Model Georgie Bertola with Jane McGlynn's bouquet from the Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017

Model Georgie Bertola with Abbey Leighton's bouquet at the Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017 held at Riverdale Farm

Helen and Abbey Leighton, Jane McGlynn and Steph Wall at the Garden Gathered Workshop Spring 2017 at Riverdale Far.

Helen, Jim and Abbey Leighton of Riverdale Farm with Maisy
Garden at Riverdale Farm in the late afternoon light.

Many thanks to the following vendors for a thoroughly enjoyable day of Floral Design.

Jane McGlynn www.ivyflowers.com.au

Steph Wall www.wallflowerstudio.com.au

Abbey Leighton www.instagram.com/abbeylouflowersalbany/

Katie Grant www.katiegrantphoto.com

Kate Samiotis www.instagram.com/kate.samiotis.hair/?hl=en

Carissa Robinson www.instagram.com/muacarissar/

Georgie Bertola Model www.instagram.com/georgiebertola/




















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