At Eden, we would love it if you would have a go at flower arranging at home. To encourage this, we are launching our first ever competition…. ‘Eden’s Have A Go At Home’.
Flower arranging doesn’t have to be big, elaborate & expensive, it can be small, simple and cheap… if not even free!
We would like you to take a flower or two, along with maybe a sprig of foliage and some accessories of your choice, pop it in a container/vessel you have at home and create your own unique design.
This is not a competition about talent, we just want to see as many of you as possible taking some time to play with flowers!
You can see a few designs to spark your inspiration in the pictures below, but the rest is up to your imagination and foraging skills!
Once you have created your design, take a quick photo and post to your Facebook or Instagram pages tagging us, along with the #edenshaveagoathome
You can enter as many times as you like. Each entry will be entered into a raffle to win an Eden Flower School Workshop of your choice up to the value of £50.00
This competition will be running throughout until the end of November 2019 with winner announced beginning of December, just in time for all the lovely Christmas workshops or wait until Spring if you prefer!
We would also love for you to post on your own pages on social media with the # and tagging us so that you can spread the word of our competition.
If however you are not on social media, we would still like you to join in, just send your photo and full name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post for you.
You win a workshop of your choice, up to the value of £50.00 from any of our upcoming festive 2019/spring 2020 classes. Our workshops are held in our St.James Street studio in Taunton. This prize is non transferable.
*** Winter edition entries in by the end of February,
Winner announced beginning of March! ***
1 cocktail/wine/tumbler glass
A Handful of water beads/glass pebbles/ crushed coloured glass/berries or similar
A small chunk of oasis similar in size to glass to wedge in
A handful of coloured sisal/few bold leaves/piece of fabric or felt
A couple straws
Wire/cocktail stick for fixing fruit
1 bold flower – gerbera/sunflower/rose/carnation or similar
Few small flowers – we have used kalanchloe but any small hardy bloom will do
Few sprigs of small hard leaves and some pretty foliage.
slice or half of citrus fruit or a few berries and cherries.
- Fill the bottom of the glass with the water beads to 1/3 – 1/2 way up the vase
- Shape oasis to fit, then float in a bowl of water until fully soaked
- Spread out the sisal and wrap around the outside of the oasis and squeeze into the top of the glass
- place one group of foliage on opposite sides of the glass (north – south) and another in the gaps (east-west) adding the pretty foliage in the centre.
- cut the focal flower to a few inches long and insert into the floral foam off to one side.
- add a cluster of the small flowers in-front and behind.
- insert the straws parallel to each other but at slightly different heights and heads bent at different angles.
- slice fruit and insert with ‘hair Pin’wires (see pic) or if using half a fruit or berries/cherries use a cocktail stick.
- sit back and admire…preferably whilst enjoying a proper cocktail… happy flower arranging!
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 saw my first time at competing at the world famous event for the title of ‘Florist Of The Year’.
Regional heats throughout Great Britain are held to determine the top 16 finalists who get to compete at Chelsea to determine the prestigious title. Lisa, (previous Florist of the Year and multi medal winner) and myself (in absolute shock!) were lucky enough to be in this 16 after success with our floral stoles at the south west heat held in Bridgwater in February. After the shock of making it to the final, the brief appeared and the planning started! We had 8 weeks to design and construct a floral throne for a Spring Wedding and get it to the show – no mean feat!
The simplicity of the design for my qualifying floral stole (see blog page here) largely influenced my design. My theory was if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The simple shape of a calla lily flower started the design ball rolling. A calla lily shaped throne was born… The mention in the brief of a Spring wedding decided the colour theme – yellow seemed obvious to me as I wanted to incorporate calla lilies in the design. Yellow calla lilies are relatively long lasting, easy to work with and will survive out of water. My challenge was always going to be to get enough clever ideas into my simpler design to score the points to medal.
I started with a carefully selected birch branch to make the back of the throne and attached it to a base of 3 logs (from my fireplace!) joined together. More branches were added and attached to a weaved edge of trailing willow stems, to give me the calla lily shape. I wanted it to stay relatively transparent and not too solid. It then needed a seat. A very un-glamorous bucket was edged in a log roll of sycamore branches, then partially filled with oasis so I could make my seat of yellow roses. One of the main considerations was to stay in our allocated space of 1m x 1m x 2.5m high. If you go over this 20 marks are deducted.
My love of foraging came in at this point. The ferns in my garden were just starting to unfurl and the catkins were coming out on the birch – they were in! I chose the flowers to use for their simple, architectural shapes – lime green gloriosa lilies, yellow freesia, craspedia, eremurus and hosta leaves. The finishing touches were brought in with twine covered flower tubes, skeleton leaf filled willow leaves, little wooden hearts and an aspidistra leaf and skeleton leaf ‘frill’ to my seat pad.
The timing of starting to add the fresh flowers was vital. It has to last the 3 days it is at Chelsea. I started adding the fresh flowers 1 1/2 days before it had to be in the Floral Pavilion. Typically, the weather was hot and humid! The flower part was fairly stress free – the calla lilies were just tied on to the frame and the other flowers put in flower tubes or in oasis and before we knew it, we were ready to leave for London at 6pm on the Wednesday. Getting a 2m tall, very heavy, floral throne in the back of my van was a challenge but we managed it! 7 hours later, the complete designs were all in position, waiting for judging in the morning. A quick scan of the other thrones in the competition made me think, oh well, what a fantastic opportunity to have made it this far but a winner she wasn’t!!
A fantastic experience it was – a bit gutted to not get a medal but enthused enough to have a go again next year and super proud of Lisa and her silver medal. 2 Finalists from Eden was quite an achievement.
You can see all the 16 finalists designs here.
This years RHS Chelsea Flower Show saw Lisa’s fourth entry into the Chelsea Florist Of The Year Competition, winning her a fourth medal – a Silver!
This year the schedule was to design and create a floral wedding throne for a spring wedding – a definite nod to the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan taking place just the week before.
Thinking caps were on and in typical Eden style I opted for a semi foraged design and a trawl on Ebay.
I was inspired by a Spring garden, where flowers grow from bulbs into tall spires of flowers despite the prolific snails (or is that just my garden?) The surrounding Somerset landscape was also a massive factor with its rich green woods, cow parsley smothered hedgerows and bright yellow rapeseed fields all having an influence on colours and materials. I was also determined to make this design have a low impact on the environment with mostly natural and biodegradable materials used apart from a meter or two of cellophane and a bit of glue its all earth friendly, including the brand new biodegradable flower foam from Oasis.
Flowers used include; Eremurus, Antirhinium, Arums & Callas, Roses, Craspedia, Orchids, Carnations, Amaranthus, Stocks and Dandelions!
Foliages – Ferns, Ivy, Moss, Succulents, Oak, Birch
Some of these were used for their ‘Floriography Meaning – The Language of Flowers;
The Dandelion – Faithfulness & Happiness, The Carnation – Divine Love, Ivy – wedded Love & Fidelity, Stocks – bonds of affection, Arum – Ardour.
Where It Began…
The base of my chair is constructed from a £5.00 battered arm chair from a ram-shackled house clearance barn on the edge of Somerset and some branches from the surrounding hedgerows. The branches were manipulated into the shape of a church window, well mother natures version of one anyway, with THE most perfectly shaped birch branch as the back bone.
The seat base was upturned with the cushions removed and lined with cellophane and covered in cork to create a huge water vessel that would become my based floral cushion, creating a mass of flowers without the need for blocks upon blocks of oasis- a definite bonus for the environment. The edge of the seat base is covered with a ‘fencing’effect of branches and senecio succulents cascading from snail shells.
The back of the chair is created with branches manipulated into the shape of a church window arch and filled with a perfectly shaped birch branch. Bark pieces create the link from gold chair to woodland arch along with moss vines which snake through the design onto the moss platform.
The arms of the chair are created with gold wire stands supporting bulbs and seru pods which create a natural test tube for the fresh flowers. Nestled amongst the design there are 4 birds nest displaying miniature eggs filled with flowers and a pair of wedding rings.
There is also an army of snail shells filled with succulents and flowers.
Janes Scottish Stole for a winter wedding in a castle scored a fab 83% at the South West Heats earning her third place and a place in the final at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 in May to compete for the prestigious award of Florist of the year!
She created a multitude of leaf shaped pieces which were painstakingly backed with a green/purple tartan fabric which was the inspiration for her colour scheme. These were joined together and edged with a haze of pink bullion wire embellished with dainty flower heads and foliage’s. The individual leaves were placed so that some of the reversed tartan backing peeped out among the cordyline leaves enhancing the use of this beautiful fabric. Thistles and heather were the focal flowers nestled among the pleats of Jane’s structure.
In February we entered a competition to create a stole for a Winter wedding in a Scottish castle, This competition is the first process on the road to the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows ‘Florist of The Year’ Competition in May. There are various heats held throughout the country and the 16 Florists who score the highest overall get invited to compete at Chelsea.
The image gallery below shows Lisa’s finished design which was inspired by the hazy shades of Heather flowers. A beautiful wet felted base made from lambs lock and merino wool was created and then embellished with Heather and toning seasonal flowers and accessorised with Game feathers, Tartan and Tweeds to enhance the Scottish theme.
There was over 20 competitors in the senior section of the south west heat held at Cannington College and Lisa’s design scored an amazing 90 points, gaining her a second place and subsequently a place in the final!
Below is the Stole before it was dressed with flowers, as you can see it was already beautiful and it was so difficult to glue and stitch on those first few flowers!
Anything goes for a funky wedding so think Bold and Striking. Tropical flowers such as orchids,anthuriums, strelitzia, protea and craspedia are fun to use. As well as ‘fun’ flowers such as Gerbera, succulents and craspedia. Bright clashy or contrasting colours work fabulously together. Why not add some quirky finishing touches such as feathers, wire embellishments or even little action figures…. Go on dare to be different!
We have been blessed that a lot of photographers have been very generous in sharing their images with us, which has enabled us to continue building our website and embellishing it with such lovely images.
So a big shout out and huge thanks to the following photographers;
- Amy Sampson Photogarphy – Abbi and emily at Quantock Lakes in March
- Aran Jefferies at Lattitude Photography – Jennifer and Chris at St.Audries Park in July
- Ben Simmonds – Kim and Dan at The Municipal Buildings in August.
- Maddie and Ben at Rookery Manor in December.
- Hayley and Ed at Creech St.Michael Church onto The Castle Hotel in August.
- Jessica and Andrew at The Cleve in May
- Sarah and Martyn at The Cleve in July
- Harriet and Jason at The Mount Somerset in September
- Penny and Richard at St.Audries
- Catherine Frawley – Jen and Will
- Chris Sedgbeer Photography – Becky and Ross at hornsbury Mill in July
- Danna Geen Photography – Claires wedding at Trull Church and onto the Castle Hotel in April
- Freckle Photography – Jessica and Peter at Dillington House in July
- How Photography – Kelsey and Richard at St.Audries Park in November.
- Jamie Dodd Photography
- John Barwood Photography – Nicky and Piers at St.Audries Park in September
- Johnny Hathaway – Kate and Alex
- Judith Parkyn Photography – Maria and Joe
- Katia Marsh Photography – Kayleigh and Lewis at St Audries Park in October
- Lee Hatterall Photography – Alana and Scot at Yarlington Barn in December, Hannah and Anthony at St.Audries in December
- Kerry Bartlett Photography – Lauren and Math at Hunstile Organic Farm
- Lee Maxwell Photography – Viv and James at Muddifords Court in October
- Lens Monkey – various
- Lisa Marie Halliday – Melanie and Thomas
- Lizzie Churchill Photographer – Victoria and Luke’s Wedding at Priston Mill in August.
- Lyme Bay Photography – Kim and Adam at Hornsbury Mill in October
- Marc Le Galle Photography –
- Mark Cox Photography – Kim and Neil in June
- Matt Austin – Ellie and Murray at Haselbury Mill in Novemeber
- Matthew Fox Photography – Christina and John at Hestercombe in Aug
- Matt Sweeting Photography – Katies Wedding at Northover Manor in September.
- Mrs Mashup photography – Ira and Joe at Maunsel House in September
- Naomi Jane Photography – Leah and Chris at Quantock Lakes
- Paul Gibbs Photography – katherine and Dave’s Wedding Ceremony at St.Mary Magdalene onto Appley Pavillion in September
- Rebekah’s Studio – Sherry and Lee at Hestercombe in December
- River Lane Photography – Mollie and Andy at Taunton School in july
- Ruth Keenly-side – Amy and Alistair – Yarlington Barn in October.
- Shooting Pixels (Andy) – Adele at hornsbury mill in October
- Simon Parry Photography and Stacey Boardman – Natalie and Mike in a marque in June
- SLC Photograghy – Trudy and Rick at The Castle Hotel
- Steve Richardson Photography – Ashlee and Mat at sparkford hall in September
- Studio H Photography – Kathryn and Josh at Cleeve Abbey
- Tim Parke Photography – Laura and Zee at St.Audries Park in July
- West Photography – Chloe and Tom at St.Audries Park in August, Sarah and Joe at St.Audries (blog) , Claire and Christopher at St.Audries (blog), Annabel and James at St.Audries ( blog)
- West 70 Photography – Hope and Stephen at Hestercombe,
Buttonholes and corsages are small in size, but should be given a lot of thought and attention, just like the bridal bouquets they are something that will feature in all of the wedding photographs as well as being in eye-line and therefore very noticed throughout the day.
There are a few details to consider when deciding on the buttonholes, firstly who you are going to provide them to; One tip… don’t go thinking you have to provide them to most or all of your wedding guests… they wont be expecting it and you will end up spending a small fortune!
Provide them for anyone you are hiring/having matching suits for, so Groom, Best man, any Ushers, Dads and if you have anyone else who you really want to match in, maybe they have a special role on the day or are really special to you.
Its always a lovely idea to have a more special version for the Groom, this could be a different colour, the same as the others but maybe with the addition of another smaller flower or just simply a larger version to the others.
The buttonholes should all echo the bouquets and overall feel of the wedding, so if you are having a natural, country look then maybe a cluster style buttonhole with twine binding would suite better than a more formal rose buttonhole.
Corsages are those pretty, elegant versions of the buttonholes that the ladies wear either on their dress, hand bag or wrist.
Firstly, the same with the buttonholes, don’t feel like you have to give them to all of the ladies or even all of the partners of the men you are providing buttonholes for.
Corsages are mainly designed for Mums and Grandma’s, Normally I would recommend opting for either very neutral ivory colours so that they don’t clash with the wedding colours and will still co-ordinate with any outfit colour chosen. alternatively go with the wedding colours… a really contrasting colour combination can be very effective! Once the ladies have chosen their outfits we can advise you on the best colours to choose.
We normally offer you a couple of price options for corsages, this allows you to choose how large you want the corsages to be, speak to the ladies wearing them and see how confident they are to have a larger size design. This will also depend on what they are wearing.
Corsages are normally attached using a magnet to avoid pins causing any damage to the outfit. However please notify us if any of the ladies due to wear a corsage has a pacemaker fitted as the magnets are extremely strong and come with a warning regarding pacemakers.
Hair Flowers; –
Wearing blooms in your hair used to be flower girl territory, however now they’re increasingly popular with brides and older bridesmaids.
Hair flowers can help to enhance the theme or style you are going for, for your wedding, from a country boho styles head dress to a single contemporary orchid.
Head dress circlet; – To give a fabulous boho, vintage style to an informal styled wedding, always opt for a larger version for yourself and then have a narrower version or even a 1/2 circlet so the flowers are only at the front and then from the sides back is delicate ribbons to match the colours which then trail down the back slightly.
Single flower; – A single flower can be really effective and gives a lovely simple look to compliment most hair styles. A single orchid, rose or gerbera can be used to give a very simple, contemporary look. And then compliment it will a smaller version for your bridesmaids such as a single spray rose, a mini gerbera or small orchid.
These are individually wired so you can use kirby grips to attach them where needed
Individual Wired flowers; – We can provide a selection of individually wired flowers in small to medium size such as spray roses, small orchids etc to give the same look as your wedding style, you can use these to either place randomly or cluster together to suit every different hair style and look you want to achieve. They can be simple put into place and attached with a kirby grip if needed.
The second part of the workshop is over to you to create your version. Don’t worry the team are on hand with expertise and advice if you need it, but we guarantee you will create a design you are proud to display in your home afterwards. So why not escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and indulge yourself in a fun, relaxed and inspiring workshop among flowery friends.
There may even be mulled wine and mince pies too!
- Christmas Finishing Touches – Sunday 29th November – 10am til 3pm
- Christmas Sparklers – Tuesday 1st December – 6pm til 8.30pm
- Christmas Door Wreath – Monday 7th December – 2pm til 4.30pm
- Christmas Door Wreath – Wednesday 9th December – 6pm til 8.30pm
- Christmas Door Wreath – Thursday 10th December – 10am til 12.30pm
- Luxury Christmas Workshop – Sunday 13th December – 10am til 3pm
- Christmas Centerpiece – Monday 14th December – 10am til 12.20pm
- Charlottes Yonder Star Design – Monday 14th December – 6pm til 8.30pm
- Christmas Centerpiece – Tuesday 15th December – 6pm -8.30pm
- Christmas Door Wreath – Wednesday 16th December – 10am til 12.30pm
- Festive Garland – Friday 18th December 6pm -8.30pm