Have your­self a merry DIY Christ­mas

Clare Coul­son presents her pick of the sea­sonal work­shops and mas­ter­classes around the coun­try

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - GARDENING -

Fes­tive work­shops are not only an in­dul­gent way to get into the Christ­mas mood, they are also an op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills and cre­ate beau­ti­ful flow­ers and dec­o­ra­tions that you can take home to en­joy over the hol­i­days.

And it’s not just about a tra­di­tional door wreath – wil­low tree dec­o­ra­tions, el­e­gant gar­lands, cen­tre­pieces and stun­ning ta­blescapes are all on of­fer at classes across the coun­try.


Christ­mas Flow­ers, Wreaths and Dec­o­ra­tions, War­wick­shire

Learn what to grow, cut from the gar­den and which flow­ers to buy as well as how to con­di­tion them be­fore be­ing taken through Sarah Raven’s top tips for dec­o­rat­ing the home and Christ­mas ta­ble, 10.30am-2.30pm (£150, sarahraven.com).


All Day Christ­mas Decor, Ed­in­burgh Nar­cis­sus Flow­ers is host­ing nu­mer­ous fes­tive work­shops through­out De­cem­ber but these week­end cour­ses, from 9am-3pm, will cover all the key types of dec­o­ra­tion from mak­ing a wreath from scratch to craft­ing a gar­land, all us­ing aro­matic spruce, cin­na­mon, dried clemen­tines and other dec­o­ra­tions (£175, nar­cis­sus­flow­ers.co.uk).


Wreath Work­shop, Cheshire

Chloe Robinson worked in in­te­rior de­sign for Soane Bri­tain be­fore re­train­ing as a floral de­signer and set­ting up in Al­trin­cham Mar­ket. In these short work­shops you will learn how to make a chic wreath of your own, Dec 2 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, Dec 6 10.30am-12.30pm and Dec 15 5.30pm-7.30pm (£45, chlo­er­obin­son­de­signs.com).


Wreath Mak­ing, London

For­est London’s cav­ernous store in south-east London, tucked un­der the rail­way arches of Dept­ford Mar­ket Yard, will make a suit­ably ver­dant back­drop for this evening class, 7.30pm-9.30pm, in which you will make a long-last­ing wreath us­ing sea­sonal fo­liage as well as berries and dried flow­ers and fruits (£70, fresh­flower. co.uk).


Do­ing The Win­ter Flow­ers, West York­shire For any­one se­ri­ous about mas­ter­ing beau­ti­ful ar­range­ments year-round, this day-long course will be an in­dul­gent, il­lu­mi­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Hosted by Hedgerow’s Rachael Scott and Sarah Statham of Sim­ply By Ar­range­ment at her home and stu­dio in Heb­den Bridge, the small class will work through cen­tre­pieces, gar­lands and wreaths with a cosy fire­side lunch (£395, sim­ply­b­yarrange­ment.co.uk).


Wreath Mak­ing Cour­ses, Wiltshire Make a beau­ti­ful Christ­mas wreath with Rachel Wil­son at The Rec­tory Ho­tel, Crud­well. Each course in­cludes a wel­come glass of cham­pagne, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine and af­ter­noon tea and cof­fee. 10.30am3.30pm (ap­prox £95; rachel­wilson­event­flow­ers.com).

DE­CEM­BER 4, 12 AND 18

Christ­mas Ta­ble Styling Mas­ter­class, London

If you want to cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary take on dress­ing a ta­ble for the fes­tive sea­son then this one-day course, 10am-4pm, will help you chan­nel all the sym­bolic colours, scents and tex­tures of Christ­mas, cre­at­ing two dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments (£275, lon­don­flow­er­school.com).


Wreath School, Sh­effield

Chan­nel Anna Potter’s ex­quis­ite ro­man­tic style in one of Swal­lows & Dam­son’s wreath-mak­ing classes which are be­ing held in a beau­ti­ful Geor­gian chapel in Sh­effield over two Sun­days. There’ll be more than the usual ev­er­green fo­liage – seed­pods, grasses, sea­sonal fruits, dried flow­ers and leaves as well as mulled wine and heated floors are in­cluded in these cosy, fun classes. 10-12; 1-3pm; 4-6pm (£55, swal­lowsand­damsons.com)


Christ­mas Wreath-mak­ing Work­shop, Suf­folk

Denise John­son is an ar­ti­san grower and florist based in South­wold and will host these in­ti­mate work­shops, 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm, in the quirky sum­mer­house at Dar­sham Nurs­eries, where you will use nat­u­ral and for­aged ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate a wreath (£55, dar­sham­nurs­eries.co.uk).


Cen­tre­piece Mas­ter­class and the Art of Fes­tive Tablescap­ing, Sur­rey There won’t be a poin­set­tia in sight at Tom Broome-Hughes’s af­ter­noon work­shop, 2.30pm-5.30pm, fo­cus­ing on flow­ers and fo­liage for the Christ­mas ta­ble. Af­ter work­ing on your own cen­tre­piece, Broome-Hughes will demon­strate how to cre­ate a mag­i­cal ta­ble us­ing plants, dec­o­ra­tions, candlelight and gar­den-gath­ered fo­liage (£145, thomas­bloom.biz). Join gar­den de­signer Annie Guil­foyle for this 9am-5pm work­shop and you will learn how to trans­form twigs, branches, fo­liage and other for­aged wood­land and gar­den ma­te­ri­als into con­tem­po­rary, nat­u­ral dec­o­ra­tions. You’ll per­fect twig stars, pine-cone gar­dens, wild wreaths and tree dec­o­ra­tions as well as pretty place set­tings and get novel gift-wrap­ping ideas (£140, west­dean.org.uk).


Fes­tive Flow­ers, Nor­folk

Head to the beau­ti­ful Holkham es­tate for this work­shop, 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm, with Jo Thomas of Con­stance Rose Florists. Us­ing fo­liage from the sur­round­ing park­land, you will cre­ate your own cen­tre­piece while munch­ing mince pies (£50, holkham.co.uk).


Sea­sonal Ta­ble Ar­range­ments, Glouces­ter­shire

Dayles­ford’s beau­ti­ful HQ, with its own cut­ting gar­den, is host­ing nu­mer­ous fes­tive floral work­shops (in­clud­ing classes for chil­dren on Dec 8 and 22) but this morn­ing course, 9.30am-1pm, with the in-house floristry team will start with col­lect­ing ma­te­ri­als and then fo­cus on lush cen­tre­pieces for the Christ­mas ta­ble (£125, dayles­ford.com).


Christ­mas Gar­land Mak­ing, Glouces­ter­shire

Learn how to make a fes­tive gar­land for a ta­ble, mantle­piece or banis­ter us­ing ev­er­green fo­liage, conifers, pine cones, berries, seeds and cin­na­mon, 6pm9.30pm (£50, cotswold­posy­patch.com).

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