Only a few years ago, had you told me I would one day be running workshops as part of my new life as a freelance florist, I would literally have laughed in your face! Yet, here I am citing teaching as one of the best bits of my job. I’m still shy and I’m still nervous but the pleasure I derive from seeing people interacting as they sit at my workshops and taking home a creation they can scarcely believe they have made far outweighs the initial discomfort I feel and I too get to take home something – happy memories and another new experience under my belt.
As well as the workshops I run from various venues around Sidmouth and beyond (always listed on my website and updated on a regular basis), I attend various Hospicecare centres and other charitable institutions where I teach informal mini workshops for the carers where those who attend also have plenty of time to talk and relax as well as creating something floral to take home with them.
I am always happy to teach individuals, small or larger groups of people from my home – the first one of these happened just this year - a wonderful Mothering Sunday/Hen Party affair where beautiful dried hydrangea willow hearts were created for the bride-to-be’s wedding later this year.
Ladies groups, such as the Women’s Institute, often ask me to hold workshops for them and I am always happy to oblige, although I will not agree to doing flower arranging demonstrations – definitely not my thing – and not how I work as a florist.
I am currently in the process of organising some snugly Festive Workshops from my home and have enlisted the help of my daughter in laying fires, preparing lunches and teas, stirring mulled wine and generally setting the scene for Christmas wreath and garland making.
Click on the link to learn about the wonderful Winnie Cameron and a workshop I held in July of this year.