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A Late Summer Floral Design and Cutting Garden Workshop

One of the most difficult parts of this year of COVID has been the reality that we cannot hold any in-person floral design or cutting garden workshops. Teaching people how to grow and arrange flowers is something that I (Kelly) am extremely passionate about, especially in the context of bringing people to the Cutting Garden and creating a very tactile, hands-on experience- something that just can't be replicated online. I know there were a lot of people who were looking forward to workshops this year, especially our annual Flower Field Day workshop where students spend a full day in the Cutting Garden and studio learning about growing and arranging flowers. I truly hope this year is just a pause to in-person learning, and that we will be able to hold in-person workshops again next year!

In the meantime, photos of previous workshops will just have to do. I never got a chance to blog this workshop which actually happened a few years ago, and was the first ever Flower Field Day workshop (then called Grow/Harvest/Design).

In this workshop, students spent the first half of the day in the Cutting Garden learning about growing flowers, with a specific focus on dahlias and blooms in the late summer garden (as this workshop took place in late September). After lunch, everyone harvested a bucket of their favorite garden blooms. The design project for this workshop was a compote arrangement, and after a design demo, each attendee created a beautiful piece of their own.

Many thanks to Kerry Jeanne Photography for documenting this workshop so beautifully! Fingers crossed that we can do it again next year...


About the Designer:

Botanique is a full-service floral and event design company based in Seattle, WA. Led by Creative Director Kelly Sullivan, we design wedding flowers and events with an organic, effortless, seasonal, elegant, and modern aesthetic for couples getting married in Washington state and beyond, including the greater Seattle area, Tacoma, Lakewood, Bellevue, Kirkland, the San Juan Islands, the Eastside, and Eastern Washington. In addition, we offer group floral classes and workshops in our Seattle studio focused on sustainable floral design techniques, as well as private, one-on-one floral design lessons. We also maintain a large cutting garden that acts as muse for our design work, and offer classes to teach you how to grow your own flowers and start your own cutting garden. To learn more about working with Botanique for your wedding or event, please inquire on our contact form. To sign up to be notified of upcoming workshops and learning opportunities, please sign up for our workshops mailing list.


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