Foraging Floristry: Wreath Making
Enjoy a half-day Floristry course at Brogdale Collections Charity. Forage fresh foliage from all over the Brogdale site learning everything you need to know to make and take home your very own wreath.
About the Day
Join us to celebrate the changing seasons by making sustainable foraged and willow wreaths.
We will start each workshop with a little immersive walk around the farm getting inspiration from the natural environment.
Noticing the colours, textures and shapes as we walk, we may collect some foraged natural materials for use in our wreaths, leaves, twigs, plants, berries, nuts etc according to the season.
Once back Sharon will demonstrate how to construct a woven willow wreath made from sustainable willow whips. This is easy to follow and no prior willow working experience is needed. Individual help will be on hand.
The willow will form the sturdy base using several willow whips to form a circle shape.
To this base we will add various seasonal variations, Mothers day, spring flowers greenery and mosses.
For example, in May, verdant greenery such as flowering white frothy Hawthorn and other flowers.
Autumn, various rich colours using collections of twigs, leaves, nuts and berries.
Christmas, traditional evergreens, Ivy, Hollies, Mistletoe, dried oranges and other found foraged materials.
Sharon will be on hand at all times to help you create a stunning fresh wreath to take home as well as foraging floristry knowledge. You are welcome to bring any unique items you may wish to add to your wreath from home but this is not compulsory. All materials will be provided or foraged but you might want to wear gloves and bring secateurs.
Included in your course is the opportunity to tour the National Fruit Collection (day ticket). Make the most of your visit to Brogdale Farm and join a guided tour (April to October 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm), or a self guided tour of the National Fruit Collection.
Refreshments will be provided on arrival.
Tools required: Flower scissors or secateurs. Gardening gloves.
More about the Instructor
Sharon is an experienced willow worker making many things in willow, she received Gold at Blenheim Palace flower show for the design and construction of a willow show garden. She is also a keen forager always looking at the changing seasons and what they naturally offer us.
More short courses at Brogdale can be found here.