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Seasonal Floral Design Class – Spring at Riverdale Farm

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

Late September is a time in the garden when the lovely spring garden flowers start to appear, a welcome sight after all the hard work that takes place over the winter months. I love this time of the year when the garden starts to show the promise of all the good things to come. It is exciting to see the plantings take off and imagine the hours of enjoyment which comes from having a garden full of flowers to choose from once again.

Abbey of Abbeylou Flowers and I hosted an afternoon at the farm on Saturday 29th September for a delightful group of ladies interested in learning a thing or two about how to arrange flowers for their home. Maisy our rather lovely Goldie was on hand to meet and greet our visitors. Always happy to accept any pats on offer!

The afternoon began with a stroll through the Cutting Garden before returning to the workshop where Abbey demonstrated an urn arrangement using a mix of spring seasonal blooms. The flowers used included ranunculi, hellebores, stock, tulips, foxgloves, may, buperleum, poppies, jasmine, queen anne’s lace, silene and grevilleas.

A mix of home baked cakes and biscuits greeted guests in the studio at afternoon tea giving the ladies time to think about what colours they would like to create their arrangement in to suit their homes.

Each person had a rusty footed urn to create their arrangement in. They began with a framework of bare mulberry branches and filled in their design with beautiful array of spring blooms. Everyone had created something uniquely theirs and guests thoroughly enjoyed looking at each other’s designs and colour choices.

We enjoyed our afternoon with an enthusiastic group of flower lovers immensely.

Photos by @abbeylouflowersalbany


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