Flora in Italia

A Wildflower School workshop in the Marche region of Italy

9th to the 16th of June 2018

We are so excited to be offering this workshop in one of our favourite places in the world!  A trip to Italy is always enticing- but in springtime, with the fields full of wildflowers-  could there be a better place for a floral workshop? And Le Marche has the beautiful landscape, hill top towns and rich cultural and artistic history we all know from Tuscany- but without the crowds!

If you love flowers, art, antiques, food and wine- all set in a stunning landscape- then join us for a week of creation, exploration and indulgence....  

4500.00 per person (or 4000.00 if booked and paid in full before the end of January 2018)

INCLUDES: workshop costs- tuition and all materials & a portfolio of your work; a beautiful room in one of the villa apartments; daily breakfast and lunch and a farewell dinner; the Piero della Francesca Trail and Palazzo Ducale- and a trip into the foothills to find wildflowers.

EXCLUDES: airfares, travel insurance and transfers (but please contact us if you would like some help)

 a detail from Botticelli's Primavera

a detail from Botticelli's Primavera

PRIMAVERA: Flora in Italia

Stay in an 18th century mansion in the countryside beyond the elegant seaside town of Pesaro. Be inspired by the incredible collection of Renaissance art in the Palazzo Ducale in nearby Urbino. Forage in the surrounding meadows and woods. Stroll through fields blanketed with wildflowers. Shop at the local flower markets. Learn the “undone” aesthetic of botanical styling from Vicki Roycroft of Wildflower.

From an abundance of blooms and foliage create natural hand-tied bouquets, floral crowns, vessels overflowing with floral beauty, lush garlands and wreaths.

After a long leisurely lunch prepared for you each day, relax by the pool in the olive grove or explore the beautiful hill top towns, coast and mountains of Le Marche.

 create natural "undone" arrangements... spilling over with abundant blooms and foliage

create natural "undone" arrangements... spilling over with abundant blooms and foliage


floral masterpieces in the workshops run by Wildflower botanical stylist Vicki Roycroft. Gather flowers from local markets and forage for foliage in the surrounding meadows and forests. be inspired by the beauty of the countryside and the rich cultural and artistic history of Italy. Work on tables in the garden under the shade of olive trees....

WORKSHOP 1: the language of flowers... learn about the meaning of flowers in different cultures.  Use the Victorian language of flowers to create a tussie mussie or nosegay- a "txt message" in a posy. Create a hand-tied garden bouquet in Vicki's signature "undone" style.

WORKSHOP 2: flora in vessels.... arrange blooms and foliage in a variety of vases and create tablescapes in a number of different styles: classic; rustic; boho; whimsical. Learn the principles of design and how to place blooms and work with the natural arc of a branch or stem in order to create an organic "unarranged" look

WORKSHOP 3: personal flora... learn wiring techniques and create boutonnieres and corsages- and lush floral crowns to make Frida Kahlo envious!

WORKSHOP 4: flora in art....learn about the symbolism of flowers in art. Be inspired by the Italian Renaissance painters, Dutch Masters or French Impressionists to create overflowing compotes or opulent urns.


WORKSHOP 5: floral installations.... look at the cross over between floral design, sculpture and fashion. Learn how to weave garlands and wreaths- how to construct chandeliers, flower walls, floral topiaries, hanging floral pieces and backdrops. Create a small floral installation of your own design.

slow lunches...

after each workshop we will serve a long lunch on a table- adorned with your floral creations!- in the garden. Typical Italian dishes such as spinach and ricotta ravioli, pizza marguerita, gnocchi with burnt butter and sage, brodetto (fish soup), insalata caprese, antipasti and tiramisu... and vino of course!

wine tasting...

enjoy tasting some of the wines for which  Le Marche is well known: crisp Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi wines, in green amphora bottles, work well with seafood; a dry white Bianchello del Metauro; a Sangiovesi from  Colli Pesaresi (local to the Pesaro area); and a couple of unusual Vernaccia grape wines- Vernaccia di Serrapetrona which is a spumante red and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba in which a must from partially dried grapes is added to produce a concentrated flavour.

cooking workshops...

If you wish to bring a partner or friend who does not want to take part in the floral workshops, then they would be welcome to visit the local markets and have cooking lessons with my partner Mark while he prepares the slow lunches. They could also join us on the Piero Trail and wildflower trip if they wanted to- or just do their own thing.... maybe hire a Vespa and explore the beaches, mountains and neighbouring hill towns? or check out the possibility of a fishing trip in the ports at Pesaro and Fano? 

2000.00 per person for partners

 stay in an apartment in this rustic podere near to the city of Pesaro & 10 minutes from the beach

stay in an apartment in this rustic podere near to the city of Pesaro & 10 minutes from the beach


in a beautiful villa apartment in this "podere"or country estate. Each apartment has a small kitchen and bathroom and is simply furnished with Italian antiques.

The country estate is located on a hill above the town Pesaro overlooking the sea. You are just 7 km from the beach. It is situated in a large park with centuries-old trees, surrounded by vast agricultural fields and green meadows. After a hard morning playing with flowers, and an al fresco long lunch, wander through the garden and relax by the swimming pool nestled in the olive grove.

Or visit  the neighbouring ancient medieval villages and cities of art. Take the panoramic route through the regional park to Monte San Bartolo. Discover picturesque seaside resorts such as Fiorenzuola di Focara and Gabicce and towns of historical and cultural interest like Gradara and Fano.

Approximately 30 km away is the stunning renaissance university town of Urbino, one of the more important cities of the Marche region. Its historical centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

explore and experience...

PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA Trail... Piero was one of the most influential Italian Renaissance artists. I studied him in my Art History degree and would love to take you on the trail from Arezzo to San Sepulchro, Monterchi and Urbino to visit his stunning paintings and visit the places he lived and worked. Read one of my favourite books- Summer's Lease by John Mortimer (we will send you a copy when you book) for a lovely description of the Piero trail to wet your appetite.

PALAZZO DUCALE: at the end of the trail we will arrive at this unbelievably beautiful palazzo in Urbino. It was the home of the infamous Duke of Urbino, Federico da Montefeltro, a Renaissance patron of the Arts. It is now an art museum which has an incredible collection including not only several Piero paintings but also works by Raphael and Paolo Ucello. 

WILDFLOWERS: It's Spring! take a trip with us into the foothills of the local mountain range to wander through meadows covered with wild poppies, tulips and other local wildflowers

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We want to keep to a small number of participants in  the Workshop- so everyone gets as much individual help as they need developing their botanical styling skills.

Please email Vicki on to register your interest- or if you have any questions. We can send you some more information on getting to Pesaro, on rental cars etc

We so look forward to seeing you in Italia!! Ciao x