Spring Riot - Wedding Techniques
"It all seemed to good to be true. Hither and thither through the meadows he rambled busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses, finding everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting - everything happy and progressive, and occupied".
We invite you to come in from the 'Wide World' and spend sometime with us on the river bank. We will set up home on the banks of the River Fowey, up stream at Lerryn, famously immortalised by Kenneth Grahame in The Wind in the Willows. Little seems to have changed around here, since Ratty and Mole encountered Mr Toad and their adventures were published in 1908. The odd motor car finds its way though the village, and the ancient oak woodlands across the river whispers its daily news, of comings and goings, squirrels and stoats, weasels and rabbits, of owl and badger. Our very own snug dwelling place will be Lerryn's Red Store. The Elizabethan bridge was built to improve access to the silver smelting works and waterways of the village, and need only be used now at high tide, when the stepping stones are submerged by brackish tides.
As luck would have it, the village has a pub, post office, general store, and double glazing and central heating are common place around here nowadays too. Although the crowds of 'otters, kingfishers, dabchicks and moorhens' that so pestered Ratty's peaceful life on the river are still chanced upon by sharp eyed observers, the ebb and flow of the tide brings a tranquillity rarely found in modern life.
"Absorbed in the new life he was entering upon, intoxicated with the sparkle, the ripple, the scents and the sounds and the sunlight, he trailed a paw in the water and dreamed long waking dreams".
Tuesday 28 March & Wednesday 29 March
Spring is a wonderful time of year do something different. Take a leaf out of Mole's book and ditch the spring cleaning, feel the warm sun on your fur and delight in the joys of spring on the river bank. This is a chance to expand on your current skills and techniques and explore new ideas and new places. Picking your own flowers from our farm, and using locally sourced and foraged material, this class is a wonderful way to rekindle your creative energies for the flower season ahead. We will spend time in a small group talking about our process from the design concept through to installation. With places limited to ten, we will encourage a sharing of ideas and experiences and work through practices and procedures which can help make your business more effective. We work with the seasons and natures quirks to create unique flower gathering using flowers and foliage you just can't buy. To tell a tale of growth and change, for flowers to echo family traditions, personal memories or local histories, to reach out to their surroundings in colour, form and scent. We will focus on skills and techniques which make each wedding unique and how we design a bespoke service for each bride.
Red Store- Our Class Location
"He looped the painter through a ring in his landing- stage, climbed up into his hole above, and after a short interval re-appeared staggering under a fat, wicker luncheon basket...
'What's inside it?' asked the Mole, wriggling with curiosity.
'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrenchrollscresssandwichespottedmeatgingerbeerlemonadesodawater-'
'Oh stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstasies: this is too much!'
We can't promise everything in Ratty's picnic basket but we will do our best with the help of Homefront On The Road, alongside perhaps, a few more vegetarian options! Amanda and Jane do amazing coffee, cakes and picnic lunches. We are so pleased to have them on board and look forward to nostalgic patterns, pretty tea cups and most of all, home cooked food for our tea breaks and lunch-time sojourns on the grassy banks of the Fowey.
Day One - Picking & Preparing
On day one we will pick flowers from our field on the farm near Fowey. You will have a tour of our growing site and be able to snoop around our studio spaces! We will then head down to the Red Store at Lerryn the venue for our class. The afternoon will be spent discussing the business aspect of the wedding industry and running with a concept for a couple. To finish the day we will all dine together locally in Lostwithiel.
Day Two - Design
We will begin by demonstrating our signature bridal bouquet, we will teach the art of achieving that loose, wild and seasonal style. We will talk about ribboning and working with a photographer for that hero shot! After a picnic lunch by the river we will focus on the different mechanics to build an arrangement, colour transitions and discuss trends in compote vessels. We will talk through the ingredients we use at different times of year, and demonstrate the process of making, before letting everyone loose on the flowers. With an emphasis on creativity and natural materials we will guide you through the process so you come away with the confidence and skills to develop your own individual style.
This course is a wonderful opportunity to learn planning and event tips, new skills for wild, natural arrangements and building the confidence to embrace seasonal flowers which has formed the foundation of The Garden Gate style.
We are delighted that Louise of Taylor & Porter will be capturing our students work from this class. Specialising in creating editorial, branding and portrait photography Taylor & Porter photographs have a characteristic gracefulness with a focus of the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail; using medium format film stills to create work that is radiant and full of narrative intrigue.
Louise will be capturing your styled compote arrangement, bridal bouquet with a model bride and she will be taking images of you which can be used to build a profile for your website.
£670 per person
Includes: - Two day technical teaching inclusive of cutting garden tour. Compote vessel to take home along with all your floral arrangements made during the course. Two course dinner on the first night. Lunch on day two. Use of floral snips. Taylor & Porter Fine Art Film imagery approximately 10 images per person. Light refreshments throughout the course. Surprise gift!
Not Included: - Transport to and from the course. Accommodation.
10 places available.
If you would like to join us on this event please email to request a course place.
Please ensure you can make the date before booking as places are non refundable and non transferable.
Timetable & Location
Day one arrival 2.00pm at Trezare Farm, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1JZ
Day two from 9.30am at Lerryn Red Store, Lerryn, Nr Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0PT
"When I travelled to Cornwall about two years ago my flowering career had only just become a full time thing and, to be completely honest, I was a bit worried I had made a mistake! I'd done a couple of courses in the years before at two of the 'big names' in London and I just wasn't feeling very inspired or happy with what I was producing. It was all terribly boring and forced and the more I did of that 'style' the more work I ended up getting with the same boring look! Without realising it I was trapped in a vicious cycle.
When I (finally) joined Instagram and came across The Garden Gate Flower Company I signed up to their wedding day course straight away and it was there that I found my feet again and my love of what I was doing returned. Going back to basics and using flowers lovingly grown and handpicked by Maz and Becca on Becca's family farm is so utterly romantic and made the flowers available in the shops suddenly seem terribly inadequate. Down in Cornwall, to my absolute delight, we had hellebore's in all shades of blush, beautifully scented daffodils in varieties I had never even heard of, armfuls of blossom and delicate ranunculus with arching stems rather than all the harsh lines I was used to. The teaching was also wonderful - we were shown how to let the flowers speak for themselves and everyone in the group created such original and beautiful pieces to take home (and all captured expertly for our portfolios by Taylor and Porter).
I haven't looked back! After my passion for flowers was re-ignited I changed my business model and started only accepting work that I truly wanted to do and only putting that out there. It was my day at Garden Gate that helped me define my wild and natural style, reminded me of my love of flowers and sent me off on a new tangent where I love my job again. I would recommend a workshop wholeheartedly - not only are they inspiring but also it is just such a luxury to spend the day playing with all of their beautiful flowers!
The only downside to a course at The Garden Gate Flower Company is that you will leave with a passion to start growing (and eventually force your husband to leave London so you have some land - oops!). xx