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Flower Workshops

Claire's workshops offer something for everyone and utilise her 22 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.

Find out more

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

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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

Business Workshops

The business of selling flowers

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.

Advanced flower growing workshop

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 as possible. 

Figures and Productivity

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

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.

A really practical and informative workshop from a very knowledgeable presenter.
A fantastic morning! i feel I learnt a huge amount and am watching my seed tray with bated breath.
— E
have been to a couple of Claire’s florist workshops,
which I love! For me its a couple of hours out learning a few tips for home grown flowers, having a look around the flower field, time out to be inspired! Thank you Claire, always an enjoyable and informative session.
— Nicola, Jasmine Flowers
Great course- I feel more focused about what I want from this business and who I want to attract and work with this year. Paula, Claire and Carol were generous, honest and frank with their advice which has given me the confidence to move forward.
Claire delivered an excellent course on improving productivity and profitability. Because the content is directed specifically towards flower farming rather than general business development, I found it particularly useful. Using the tools taught on the course, I am able to identify and improve on those areas of my flower farming business that need attention, and continue to grow my business with renewed focus. This is a great course for anyone who is serious about the business of growing and selling flowers. Thank you Claire!
— Cel, Forever Green Flowers