Claire's workshops offer something for everyone and utilise her 25 years of experience in horticulture, plus her retail management and marketing skills.
Learn about growing, cutting and conditioning flowers plus arranging them into bouquets and table displays with our fun interactive workshops at Hill top farm, East Clandon In the Surrey Hills near Guildford.
Or if you are a florist or flower grower, we have a selection of business and growing workshops that take place at various locations around the country.
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The Workshops take place regularly throughout the year, we've summaries of the different types below, but do have a look at our calendar of events, and sign up to receive information about them when new dates are announced
Hill Top Farm Workshops
Cut and condition
Our Cut and condition workshops take place in the early morning or evening twilight hours, which are the best for picking our many stems. You'll learn about tools for cutting, the whole conditioning flowers process, and then you'll be let loose on the field. You'll get to take a bucket of your pickings away with you.
Cut and arrange
If it's the whole process of cutting and floristry that you'd like to have a go at, we have cut and arrange workshops. Learn about the shapes of flowers that make up a good mixed bouquet. Pick from the field to get your ideal colour and shape combinations. Condition the flowers while we have coffee and a floristry demonstration, and then make your own Hand tied bouquet or table centre (dependant on session) to take home. We also hold sessions for professional florists.
Grow your own
If you want cut flowers for your home, and want to grow them yourself, this is the workshop for you. You'll learn about the types of flowers and foliage that will lend themselves well to your garden. You'll learn how to sow seeds and take cuttings, and you'll go away with enough plants to be to fill your first cutting patch
The business of selling flowers (next date 20th November)
If you grow flowers to sell, then you need this workshop to work out your market, how to count in costs, and how to make that all important profit from the hours you put in. more details
Advanced flower growing workshop (next date 5th March in Surrey)
This workshop is run By Claire, with Carol Siddorn from Carol's Garden, and Paula Baxter from Millpond flowers. The 3 growers are in different parts of the country, and grow on different soil, but all have a keenness to make their growing as productive and profitable as possible. This course covers organising your plots for productivity, marketing to make sure you sell all your flowers, and record keeping. more details
Planning for Productivity (next date 4th December)
When you move on from just selling as a hobby, you need to keep records to make each year more productive and profitable than the last. Use Claire's experience in this workshop to cut out several years of trial and error and make 2017 less work with more money.
Social Media and Email Marketing (January 2018 at RHS Wisley)
There's no point in growing wonderful flowers if you can't sell them. So learn why, and how to make the most of Social media and email marketing.