One Saturday morning in early March, twenty of us gathered, round the heaters to begin with, to listen to Anita Lindeman (www.theflowerschool.co.uk) guide us through the first stage of our morning goal. We then assembled our basket containers with wet oases and taped them in position.
The next stage was to learn all about the greenery, from pitosporum and laurel to hebe and bear grass. Armed with clear instructions of how to proceed, we chopped our foliage up to create a luxurious living framework for the flowers to come.
We were then shown how we could create a grouped flower arrangement with cream roses and gerbera, pink anemones and yellow narcissus. Anita demonstrated how to wire gerbera and to add wires to support hollow-stemmed flowers. The final flourishes included optional contemporary hoop and nest structures to complete our arrangements.
I came away, not only with my Mother’s Day treat, but with so much I had learned that I could use in the future. Another bonus was that over £100 was raised for the Samaritans that morning too.