PYO flowers at Belmont House

PUBLISHED: 17:36 20 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:36 20 August 2014

Belmont House

Belmont House

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The Head Gardener and staff at Belmont House and Gardens in Throwley are offering not only a tour of the gardens but also a very rare opportunity to pick your own flowers from the skilfully tended borders

In the seclusion of the Orangery at Belmont, Julie of Julie Davies flower workshops will share with you some ideas for creating your very own flower arrangement, using the flowers you’ve just cut. After that it’s over to you, with a hands-on opportunity to make your own flower arrangement, which you’ll get to take home and enjoy for days to come.

All materials will be provided, with plenty of opportunity to talk with Graeme, the head gardener, and to seek advice from Julie about caring for your cut flowers.

At the end of the afternoon you’ll be able to sit back and relax over a cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday 3 September 2014 and runs from 1pm-3.30pm at Belmont House and Gardens near Faversham.

The cost is £45 per person. For more information or to make a booking please call on 01795 890202 or email events@belmont-house.org

Belmont House & Gardens, Throwley, Kent ME13 0HH

www.belmont-house.org

Julie Davis

Julie Davies is a florist who teaches. Her courses and one-to-one tuition blow away the stereotype of flower arranging as the domain of fusty ladies with sensible shoes and received ideas. Since she qualified as a florist in 2004, teaching has been at the heart of her work.

Julie has always been creative. As a child she loved making things such as her own clothes, scrapbooks, collages and embroidery. “[I felt] I was too square for art school,” she says, so after a doing a degree pursued an office-based career.

Julie’s passion for flowers was truly ignited when she organised the flowers for her own wedding. The way flowers could be used to reflect different feelings and evoke different moods, and the intricate and subtle details of the arrangements resonated with her artistic side and she was hooked.

Attention to detail is something Julie carries over into her teaching. Venues for her courses are lovingly signposted and decorated. Georgie Baldwin, a regular student of Julie’s describes arriving at her first course:

“From the moment I parked I was taken aback. Julie had tied ‘welcome’ bunting outside and everything inside was laid out with such careful thought: our flowers and tools were all beautifully arranged and there was tea in china cups and cake … the vision I had of the ‘aged flower arranger’ was kicked right out of the door.”

Julie loves the social aspect of flower arranging, and one of her dreams is to organise a community project where she can learn from – and share information and stories with – flower arrangers in local churches.

She would also like to bring the joy of flowers to men and occasionally does outreach work by running courses in her local pub!

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