Floristry, the art of flower arranging, was always an art someone’s mother knew. The basics were taught in evening classes up and down the country; vase arranging and bouquet making to suit all occasions.
For those who can follow a video tutorial, there are many YouTube uploads to check out. For students who prefer a more formal experience, those evening classes still exist, but these days they are taught privately, often by former teachers who enjoyed floristry as a hobby in their school teaching days.
For some, depending on location, there is the choice of attending a specialist school such as the London Flower School. These specialist schools have taken on the task of teaching the floral arts in many areas – similar establishments exist in many large towns and cities. Students can attend courses ranging from one day to four weeks, covering every aspect of floristry from hand tied bouquets to arrangements inspired by art, floristry as a career, wedding flowers and seasonal wreath arrangements.
These days, professionally designed and tied bouquets don’t come cheap, and the expertise in making them is reflected in the price of many of these courses. Flowers remain a popular way to express feelings, and are traditional at weddings and funerals as well as for a get well soon gift, an apology or Mother’s Day. Those who have undertaken even a one-day masterclass can expect to learn how to put together a bouquet, the art of hand tying it, and various ways to present it. Booking a place on one of these masterclasses would make a good gift for someone who has always had a creative side and is difficult to buy gifts for.
Imagine the surprise on your friend or family member’s face when they receive a gift of a personally designed and made bouquet, maybe with their favourite flowers, or in their favourite colour. Church goers often comment on the beauty of the arrangements on display on special days in the church’s calendar. Being able to produce such displays is an art form which can be learned. A fresh seasonal wreath on the Cenotaph for Remembrance Day, or an autumn or winter wreath on the door, a flower arch for a summer wedding or even your own wedding bouquet, all these options are possible once the basics are in place. It may be that once a novice florist has learned the technique, they will be able to follow more advanced videos online, and perfect their take on choosing, wrapping and tying arrangements.
The best place to start is with an organised course such as those on offer at the London Flower School. Once that is completed, participants can decide whether they want to take their interest further. Bookings can be made around 2 months in advance with a deposit being paid at the time, making it an easy way to give an unusual gift.