A Day On A Rose Farm & Floral Design Event
A Day on a Rose Farm
Mount Vernon, Washington
June 12, 2018
Join Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Blog & Bella Fiori Design and Dawn Severin of All My Thyme for a day filled with exploration of fine-art floristry and boutique rose farming in Washington’s beautiful Skagit Valley.
The day will begin by gathering at the barn on All My Thyme farm; take a peek out the back door and you’ll see the roses beckoning us to come out to the field. Get ready to stroll down row after row of blooming rose bushes as Dawn shares her experiences and knowledge of the 100 plus varieties of heirloom and contemporary roses she grows exclusively for floral design work. You’ll learn care and maintenance, proper cutting techniques, post harvest handling, and other tips to keep your shrubs producing stems throughout the season. After our walkabout, we’ll utilize a ‘hands on’ approach (with gloves, of course!) and encourage you to clip some stems that may have caught your eye and imagination. Awaiting us at the barn will be a beautifully curated collection of roses and complementary seasonal flowers and foliages to use in our designs; this is simply an opportunity to hand-select some stems you’ll use for your own design, and practice proper harvesting techniques.
A leisurely lunch will be followed by our afternoon design session, in which Alicia will demonstrate the art of the lush, garden-inspired compote centerpiece. Following her demonstration, each attendee will create their own floral still life overflowing with garden roses. We will encourage you to take your time – as the saying goes, stop and smell the roses! This is your time to fully appreciate all the beauty freshly cut from the rose farm, to explore the natural placement and movement of the flowers as they are incorporated into the design.
To preserve the day and the floral artistry of each designer, a photographer will then capture your arrangement for your portfolio.
We look forward to welcoming you to the farm, and are thrilled to be able to share our love of roses with you!
This event is open to all floristry and gardening/farming skill levels. Our only requirement is that you adore roses as much as we do!