F L O R A L D E S I G N W O R K S H O P
C O M O | N O R T H E R N I T A L Y
2 2 - 2 3 J U L Y 2 0 1 9
This special workshop will be hosted on a small flower farm and plant nursery in the village of Longone al Segrino, in the Como region of Northern Italy. Here, Olga Campagnoli, whose family has been gardening here for four generations, grows exquisite seasonal garden flowers, branches and greenery and supplies flower shops and floral designers in Lake Como and Milan with curated selections of unusual varieties in nuanced colours.
In July Olga’s beds and borders will be abundant with dahlias, summer flowering annuals including phlox, cosmos, and amaranthus, sculptural grasses and intricate vines. Over two days, with a profusion of freshly cut garden bounty at our fingertips, we will explore the key techniques for creating naturalistic floral designs for weddings and events and the home.
P R A C T I C A L S K I L L S & D E S I G N
This workshop is open to all levels, from beginners at the start of their floral journey to seasoned florists and arrangers looking to rejuvenate their wedding and event work with a new philosophy or style.
Students will learn how to compose loose, romantic bridal bouquets, how to style tablescapes and craft centrepiece arrangements, and how to build a floral installation without the use of floral foam.
As well as practical techniques and composition we will explore ways of working to a client's brief, development of a colour palette, choice of props, and how to create floral designs that savour the time of year and the setting.
M A T E R I A L S
Using the finest midsummer flowers and foliage from Olga’s farm, students will learn how to select seasonal materials including blooms, grasses, seedpods and nuanced foliage, to compose arrangements that are lush and elegant, evocative of a romantic garden. Crucially we will focus on how to reference the season in our design work.
In relaxed, open group discussions we will explore the challenges and advantages of using the ingredients of the season as a wedding and event florist, either own-grown or locally sourced materials.
We will share experiences from our own journey of growing and arranging flowers, share our garden-inspired design philosophy and the importance of provenance and seasonality in our work.
P R E S E N T A T I O N & S T Y L I N G
We will finish each session by demonstrating how to style your finished piece before you photograph it for your portfolio.
Students are encouraged to bring along their own cameras - workshops are a great opportunity to practise photographing flowers for portfolios and social media, and to document arrangements taking shape.
D A Y O N E | 2 2 J U L Y
C E N T R E P I E C E & T A B L E S T Y L I N G
In the morning session, following a talk and demonstration on how to create a low, sprawling centrepiece arrangement, each student will then make their own individual design. Unusual, speciality dahlias will be used as sculptural focal flowers and dancing stems of cosmos, sweetpeas and delicate gestural flowers added for drama and subtle hits of accent colour.
Using a range of beautiful props we will style a series of mock-up event or wedding ‘tablescapes’ from garden-y bowls to clustered, mixed-height vessels. Varying compositions of florals and trailing vines will be arranged with stationery, linens and candleware to demonstrate the effects of a variety of summer table settings.
D A Y T W O | 2 3 J U L Y
B O U Q U E T & I N S T A L L A T I O N
We will demonstrate how to compose a garden-inspired bridal bouquet, focusing on blending colours, adding gestural flowers and creating a loose, natural shape finished with streaming ribbons.
The afternoon will be dedicated to learning how to create a naturalistic ceremony backdrop. We will share our tips, tricks and techniques for building installations without the use of floral foam. Students will learn how to consider scale, form, and colour blending to create a cohesive, balanced design, as well as the practical knowledge for using frames, chicken wire and concealed water-sources to ensure flowers and foliage remain hydrated throughout an event.
Workshop price £800
A delicious, light lunch and refreshments will be supplied each day and all materials are provided. You are welcome to take your flowers with you after the workshop. Transport and accommodation are not included.
Places are limited. To book a place on this workshop, please click here.
Olga’s Flower Farm is located halfway between Como and Lecco, in the village of Longone al Segrino, about 50km from Milan and 20km from the Swiss border. For those who will be travelling from beyond the Como region, there is plenty of accommodation nearby and local transport can be arranged for those who will not be coming by car. For further information or if you have specific travel queries please email Olga who will be happy to assist you. Full details and directions will be sent out to attendees well in advance of the workshop start date.
Previous workshops and student work can be seen here.