Tallulah Rose Flower School
Before things got too busy this year I wanted to take some time to learn the technical side of floristry, as so far my experience was a hand tied bouquet workshop and lots of practise!
I offer a wedding flowers service but before I undertook a wedding I felt it right to have some proper training to enable me to provide the best possible arrangements. I understand this isn't how everyone chooses to do it but as a worrier and a perfectionist I knew that the knowledge I have the technical ability would enable me to sleep better!
Tallulah Rose Flower School was a name that was already familiar to me; I had read an article in a magazine about the flower school and I knew of various local (and very talented!) florists who had been there. Despite this I still looked into other options but based on reputation and location I decided this was the one for me so I booked out some time in February before the start of flower season.
Rachel runs the flower school her style of teaching was fantastic. Rather than telling students what to do she had a number of items to be produced each day but you chose your own flowers from a selection provided and worked the way that suited you best. Rachel was there to give guidance and show the technical aspects of making each arrangement but we were encouraged to develop our own style, and therefore at the end of each day we all went home with completely unique arrangements that were quite different from other people's.
We covered planted displays, living wreaths, sympathy flowers including casket top displays and mossed letters, various hand tied bouquets, bridal work such as bouquets, candelabras, urns and pedestals, flower crowns, button holes, garlands and different centrepieces amongst others. We also learned how to create more eye catching displays using props and hanging installations. It's amazing how much she was able to fit in to such a short time - and this was just the hands on side; there was much more including how to best care for the flowers, flower photography and social media tips from top blogger Rona Wheeldon (social media tips don't get much better than that!)
I hate to admit this as I'm not a particularly soppy person but when I left on the last day I cried (well sobbed...) nearly the whole way home! That kinda makes me laugh now as it's quite out of character but I had just had the best few weeks of my life and I knew I would probably never get a chance to do something quite like that again.
February was life changing for me and to anyone looking into following their dreams of becoming a florist I would highly recommend Rachel and the Tallulah Rose Flower School.
So now I'm ready for 2016 and I have an added spring in my step. My confidence and ability was boosted massively by my experience at Tallulah Rose and I'm feeling even more excited about this year as I know I'll be growing some beautiful flowers and I have the ability to turn them into something fantastic!