Flo­ral work­shops

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - LIFESTYLE -

Left to right: Leanne Nee­son with her daugh­ter Aye­sha, florist Monique Ste­wart, Wild Sea­sons Flow­ers owner Maria Hart, An­nie Hill and florist Rika Ya­m­agami hold wild­flower work­shops in Kala­munda. FLOWER power is more than a slo­gan made fa­mous by a gen­er­a­tion of hip­pies op­posed to the Viet­nam War.

The ex­pres­sion coined in 1965 by the late Amer­i­can poet Allen Gins­berg lives on more than 50 years later as a sym­bol of peace and love.

In the 21st cen­tury, any chance to dis­con­nect from the dig­i­tal world and cre­ate some­thing by hand has a heal­ing power all of its own.

Wild Sea­sons Flow­ers owner Maria Hart is not a florist, but as a re­la­tion­ship coun­sel­lor she is well versed in the power of con­nec­tion. Pro­vide a group of peo­ple with the same se­lec­tion of flow­ers and fo­liage to de­sign a dis­play and the re­sult will be dif­fer­ent each time.

No two peo­ple cre­ate in quite the same way and that alone is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to share while learn­ing a few tricks of the trade.

“I saw a gap in the in­dus­try to of­fer peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to learn how to pro­duce a range of flo­ral cre­ations in the Hills with­out trav­el­ling to the city,” Maria said.

“It is some­what of a lost skill as peo­ple don’t have the same gar­dens as gen­er­a­tions gone by and ev­ery­body is busier these days. But there is such beauty and joy in hav­ing flow­ers in the home and peo­ple are re­dis­cov­er­ing that.”

No ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to take part in a work­shop and time spent learn­ing the el­e­ments of botan­i­cal de­sign is a chance to play in na­ture’s gar­den.

I joined a small group of flower lovers as a guest at a work­shop in wild flower de­sign.

Florist Monique Ste­wart demon­strated how to se­lect, pre­pare and ar­range a se­lec­tion of Australian and South African na­tive blooms.

“Let the flow­ers tell you what they want to do; each one is dif­fer­ent and ev­ery flower has its own per­son­al­ity,” she said.

“I at­tempted an asym­met­ri­cal de­sign un­der the guid­ance of florist Rika Ya­m­agami, who will present a Ja­panese-in­spired work­shop on Au­gust 11.

Other up­com­ing work­shops fea­tured in­clude mak­ing a ta­ble cen­tre or festive wreath for Christ­mas in July and each ses­sion is ac­com­pa­nied by a de­li­cious ar­range­ment of re­fresh­ments.

More in­for­ma­tion: call Wild Sea­sons Flow­ers on 9293 2817 or email info@ wild­sea­sons­flow­ers.com.au.

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