Florists Dahlia Day Workshop

My florists workshops are a fantastic opportunity for florists and flower arrangers both experienced and in training to take time out, enjoy the flowers, and have the opportunity to practice some floral foam free arrangements. 

Our summer workshop took place in huge heat, but for last Monday's workshop, we had lots of contrast with sun, rain, and scudding clouds. After a talk about Dahlia varieties and how we grow them at Hill top Farm, the florists were let loose on the field to pick their choice of the goodies out there. Here we all are debating which Dahlias to start with.

Discussing Dahlias

Discussing Dahlias

Considering the storm that had damaged the Dahlias the week before, there were plenty of beauties of every shade to pick, and the florists were given free reign over what they could have. I always love how from the same field, all my workshop participants can create such different designs.

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Each florist had brought their own urn or vessel, and they all created amazing centrepieces. Then Emma Davies taught them how to think about Light, Background and Viewpoint to get the best photos for their portfolios. (that often means getting down low)

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Here are all the results, - i'm sure you'll agree that they're all amazing floral creations, and that Emma has taken great photos.

Sunflower Ruby Eclipse as the hero flower, with sweet pea trails, molucella and amaranthus highlighting the dark dahlias

Sunflower Ruby Eclipse as the hero flower, with sweet pea trails, molucella and amaranthus highlighting the dark dahlias

Preference and Cafe au lait dahlias on a beech background

Preference and Cafe au lait dahlias on a beech background

The pinks of the Phlox, Sedum and Karma Lagoon dahlias are softened by the Panicum frosted explosion grass

The pinks of the Phlox, Sedum and Karma Lagoon dahlias are softened by the Panicum frosted explosion grass

A low arrangement with the dark leaves of Physocarpus backing up the Digitalis and Dahlias

A low arrangement with the dark leaves of Physocarpus backing up the Digitalis and Dahlias

The scent from this one with the Dill and Rosemary providing the upper storey was wonderful

The scent from this one with the Dill and Rosemary providing the upper storey was wonderful

Pink and orange do got together wonderfully

Pink and orange do got together wonderfully

We'll be offering Florist's workshops again next season, a great opportunity to treat yourself, and take time out to "play with flowers!" and if you want to get more ideas for how to take photos of your floristry creations, do pop over to Emma's website and check out her FREE photography week by week instruction, and her books for beginners to enable you to take pictures like these.