A round up of the best wreath-making workshops
It’s the hottest ticket in town. Or in the county. Forget meeting up with friends before Christmas, go on a wreath-making workshop instead. Wear a stylish apron, riffle around in twiggy bits and eucalyptus and down tools half way through for mulled cider, hot chocolate or frothy coffee. And you get to take home something splendid, guaranteed to make your neighbours green with envy. It’s a wreath-making time of year, although according to Alice Calcasola-van der List at All in One Season, wreaths are a year-round celebration, and not just for Christmas. Here are the best workshops in Herts, but you need to be quick – they’re getting booked up fast.
Helen Reeley, Berkhamsted
Helen Reeley (on the right) is a garden designer based in Berkhamsted. She is running four workshops between now and Christmas, with the first one at the end of November. They’re all in Berkhamsted. Bend willow into your base before selecting your hedgerow bounty (I think will have been collected for you). Take your pick from holly and berries, teasels and cones. Helen will offer lots of help and guidance but of course you can do whatever takes your fancy – it’s time to unleash your wreath creativity! A workshop costs £35 and includes all the materials and refreshments. The venues are Potten End Village Hall and Potten End Village School. Some are day time and some evening. The first is Weds 29 Nov, 6-9pm, Potten End Village Hall. See Helen’s Facebook page for info. The other dates are Weds 6 Dec, Sat 9 Dec and Sun 10 Dec. Here are photos from some of the previous workshops with Helen. Guaranteed to get you in the mood for festive fun.
Nicky Pritchard, Forever Green, Nettleden
Nicky Pritchard is a hugely talented florist who works from her home and garden studio in Nettleden, near Hemel Hempstead. She also grows a lot of her own flowers. Her Forever Green workshops take place in her garden studio and the numbers are limited so you get lots of help and attention. You can choose from day or evening and there are quite a few dates during December. Lunch is included if you do a daytime workshop and in the evenings you can make a wreath and drink fizz at the same time. Bliss. £70. Fri 8, Sat 9, Thurs 14, Fri 15, Sat 16 Dec.
Emma Sousa, Urban Flower Farmer, East Barnet
Emma Sousa is the Urban Flower Farmer. Based in East Barnet, Emma has transferred skills learned while working in fashion retailing to floristry. Urban Flower Farmer is part of Flowers From the Farm, and is a champion of British seasonal flowers. I caught up with Emma earlier this year, during British Flowers Week, and talked to her about all things seasonal. Her workshops are booking up and there are only a couple of places left although she may do some more dates. Create a winter wreath using an array of foliage, berries, cones and even feathers. You don’t have to make a Christmas themed wreath – you can mix things up. The workshop includes refreshments and all equipment. £55. Dates are: Sat 2 Dec and Mon 11 Dec.
Alice Calcasola, All in One Season, Letchworth Garden City
What can I say about Alice Calcasola-van der List? She is an extremely creative and soulful person and her wreath making workshops are a delight. (I have taken part in a workshop, so I am speaking from experience). Alice lives in an Arts & Crafts house in Letchworth and the magic happens in the courtyard. Although depending on the temperature, you might move into the studio. Wherever you are, you will be inspired by the unique environment. Great for meeting people and chatting and there will be a point during the workshop where you stop for a breather and a frothy coffee break. I did one of Alice’s workshops before Easter and it was fabulous fun. Mon 20 Nov. 12pm- 2.30pm. £75.