The Wildflower School
I am a self-taught floral designer. After moving to lovely Waiheke Island and having children I decided I wanted a career change from teaching...and Wildflower was born.
Over the last 15 years Wildflower has blossomed into a personalized floral design company specializing in weddings and events. Now I am combining my teaching and floristry skills by offering unique courses in creating “undone” flowers …from an intensive professional course in starting a floral design business, to short floral workshops.
The Undone Florist course is aimed at those who want to work in the world of botanical styling. There are 2 parts to the course- each part(and you may just take one) is for 3 weeks full time (or will sometimes be offered over 6 weeks part-time). Our "undone" philosophy is about revelling in the beauty of natural arrangements of blooms and gathered greenery. There is a balance of theory and practice- and an emphasis on creativity. We explore the links between floral design, the arts, fashion and interiors; look at the principles of design and caring for blooms; and we learn about the history of flowers as cultural messages and symbols in art. In the practical workshops students will learn all the skills necessary to running their own wedding flower design business: construction of hand-tied bouquets and table arrangements in many styles; how to wire buttonholes, corsages and flower crowns; how to weave wreathes and garlands; the business skills of planning, consultation, quotations, ordering, pricing, set-ups and pack-downs etc
Floral Workshops are also offered - from 3 hours to 3 days in duration- on creating hand-tied bouquets, floral crowns, arrangements, wreathes and garlands- or bespoke to your requirements.
Find the timetable for this year's programme on the "Floristry Course and Floral Workshops"page....
Where are we?
The Wildflower School is on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand. Courses and workshops are usually held in Wildflowers' little workroom, in our 1880's villa on Putiki Bay, or in Wharf Cottage- which is in the garden behind the villa....or we sometimes go to our friends at The Annex, Nourish Gardens or Goldie Estate.
If you prefer to stay on the island while you undertake a course or longer workshop, we have accommodation available in Wharf Cottage- which is character-filled and has lovely sea views and 2 bedrooms.
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the courses, an Undone florist Course Prospectus and application form, and more details on the accommodation option.
So look forward to seeing you on lovely Waiheke!