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Valentine's Day
Flower arrangement workshop

For the demonstration on how to make a traditional table arrangement with or without candles, here is a rough list of the materials you will need!



1) 5 large single headed flowers - for example standard carnations or roses. (These are the focal flowers)

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Red love heart on hearts
2) 5-10 stems of small headed flowers with a longer stem if possible – something like spray carnations would be ideal. These flowers are used to get the outline shape of your design.

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3) 2 different types of medium headed spray flowers (2 or 3 stems of each) - for example spray chrysanths , alstroemeria or small headed lilies. These are used for filling in your design.

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4) 1 or 2 stems of tiny flowers - for example wax flower or gyp to be used as extra filler.
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5) Selection of foliage – consisting of smaller leaves like pittosporum and larger like leather leaf fern. It is nice to have a mix of foliage, including different textures and colours. If you want you can also get some willow twigs, candles and ribbons.
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6) If using candles, see if the florist has candle holders with spikes in them for pushing into the foam. Few medium thickness floristry wires if you are going to use ribbon.


7) 1 block floral foam for fresh flowers and 1 container or low sided container/basket that doesn’t leak – can buy trays in florist that would be ideal.

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Of course, the above flowers are only examples. Please choose your favourite varieties and colours – whatever you create will be beautiful! The two pictures are rough examples of what we will be doing

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For best results if you can cut the stems of your flowers before use and sit them in a bucket or vase so they can have a good drink prior to arranging!


8) Tea/Coffee and biscuits. Absolutely essential!



Paula Kelly

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