June 7th 2021

Upcoming Workshop: Sustainable Floristry with Queenie's Floral Design

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Boundary Way Project are delighted to announce another exciting upcoming summer event, an exploration of the work of Constance Spry and sustainable approaches to floristry with plotholder Gretel Cooper from Queenie's Floral Design.

This is our second workshop with Gretel and following the success of her online Wreath Making workshop at the end of last year, we are delighted to welcome her back to our online space for this sustainable floristry session which will include a talk, demonstration and ’makealong’.

The workshop is suitable for anyone who would like to have a try simple flower arranging and no previous experience is required to join in with us, just plenty of enthusiasm.

Image Credit: London Flower School

The session will begin with Gretel sharing more about Spry’s unconventional approach to arranging flowers, fruit and vegetables and whatever is in season. Spry was a female powerhouse of creativity, building a hugely successful flower business, providing floral displays for royalty and the very smartest parties. Gretel will talk about her background, unconventional life and by way of celebrating the Spry style demonstrate how to make a floral arrangement, using flowers and foraged items from her allotment at Boundary Way.

The workshop will take place on Zoom on Tuesday 13th July from 13:30-15:00 and we hope you can join us for an afternoon of floral fun.

Book your place for Sustainable Floristry here.

If you are joining us for the workshop, you will need the following:

  • Wide vessel such as a mantle vase, veg dish, soup tureen or similar
  • Ball of chicken wire/kenzan/flower frog and floral fix to secure
  • Florist tape or sellotape
  • A selection of seasonal foliage and flowers
  • Any type of fruit or vegetable, including the fruit and leaves
  • Secateurs or scissors

Gretel Cooper from Queenies Floral Design is a seed sower, flower grower and forager based in Wolverhampton. She creates floral arrangements with an emphasis on scent colour and seasonality inspired by nature and the changing seasons. She enjoys creating floral arrangements for all of life’s special moments, from births, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and when saying farewell. She is a member of Flowers from the Farm, an association championing artisan growers of seasonal, scented, sustainable British cut flowers. Her approach is kind to the planet and this is something Gretel will be discussing and encouraging during the workshop, with one of her key inspirations having long been Constance Spry. This workshop has been made possible thanks to support from the Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage. It is part of Season for Change, a UK wide cultural inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change.