Guardian Masterclass: From seed to celebration: How to grow your own wedding and event flowers

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Cut flowers brighten up any occasion with beautiful colours and fragrant scents. If you’re planning a wedding, party or special event, growing your own flowers is a great way to save money, while caring for the environment. Come along to our classes with artisan florist Georgie Newbery and you’ll learn how to grow, cut and condition flowers in your own garden or allotment.

Grow your own wedding flowers.
Grow your own wedding flowers. Photograph: Georgie Newbery

Take your pick from the two classes outlined below – a morning class on creating a cut flower patch at home, and a hands-on course on making floral arrangements for a specific event. Or, you could book onto both classes and spend the day learning how to grow your own flowers and create beautiful arrangements for your special day.


Date: Sunday 22 May 2016
Times: Morning class, 10am-1pm
Price: £49 (includes VAT, booking fee and drinks)
Event capacity: 100
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

Date: Sunday 22 May 2016
Times: Afternoon class, 2pm-5pm
Price: £129 (includes VAT, booking fee and drinks)
Event capacity: 24
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

Morning class

A lively seminar on how to create a flower patch for a specific occasion – plus a live cutting demonstration on making a hand-tie with garden flowers

  • Planning and curating a cut flower patch for a special event
  • How much space you’ll need in your garden or allotment
  • Making the most of your garden – and the flowers you already have
  • Choosing varieties of cut flowers and greenery to sow
  • How to take seasonal change into account when planning your flower patch
  • Cutting and conditioning – when you’ll need to cut flowers for an event and how to get the most out of them on the day.

Afternoon class

An in-depth demonstration of how to create arrangements for a wedding or event – with practical exercises where you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice

  • Georgie will demonstrate how to create a bride’s bouquet, a buttonhole, a jam jar posy and a large jug of flowers, offering expert tips and guidance along the way
  • Advice on how to plan in advance and practice your arrangements
  • Stem counting – quantities, timings and examples
  • Cutting and conditioning your flowers – including the best time to cut them ahead of a wedding or event
  • How many people you’ll need to help prepare your arrangements for your big day
  • How to bring out the best in the cut flowers from your garden – and create maximum effect on the day
  • Practical exercises – put what you’ve learned into practice by making your own floral arrangements during the class

Gardening month curated by Alys Fowler

This is part of a series of gardening classes specially curated by Guardian columnist Alys Fowler for the month of May. You may also be interested in these classes:

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Tutor profile

Georgie Newbery is a flower farmer and artisan florist. Using flowers mostly grown on her smallholding in Somerset, she sends about 1,500 bouquets a year by post, supplies countless arrangements for weddings, and delivers talks and workshops. Her books include The Flower Farmer’s Year and Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers. She tweets @TheFlowerFarmer.

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