Where the wild things grow
Learn to make a flower crown in this book extract
The Farm in Byron Bay, New South Wales, is a diverse community made up of organic growers, chefs, bakers and gardeners. Its on-site flower nursery, The Garden Shed, connects people to the land through plants, flowers, seeds and workshops. This extract from The Farm’s new book, The Farm Community, explains how to expertly craft a pretty flower crown.
MAKE A FLOWER CROWN
While flower garlands were the height of boho chic a few seasons ago, they are still the perfect project to make with green-fingered kids.
YOU WILL NEED Twisted willow (ask your florist for this) 12 green floristry wires (6 thin and 6 medium) Scissors Green, spriggy foliage, such as jasmine, eucalyptus, rosemary, ivy etc Fresh seasonal blooms Floristry tape
1 Pull away a nice strand of twisted willow. Shape into a circle and intertwine to join at the back. Wrap a few lengths of thin floristry wire around the garland to lightly secure. Snip off any strays with your scissors. Now that you have a base, you’re halfway there.
2 Cut some strands of green jasmine and thread them through the willow, securing with a little piece of thin wire if needed. Repeat with the eucalyptus, rosemary or whatever spriggy foliage you have, until you have a light covering all the way around.
3 Now it’s time to prepare your blooms. Take one length of medium floristry wire and gently push it through the top of one stem (just under the petals) until 1cm is poking through. Carefully bend both sides of the wire downwards so they
run parallel to the stem; one end is only 1cm long, the other will be longer. Cut the flower stem nice and short. Starting from the top, wrap floristry tape tightly around the stem and wires and continue all the way to the bottom of the long wire (it helps if you stretch the tape a little as you wrap, so it’s tight). Repeat with all your blooms. This step will make the final garland look more polished, and the flowers will last longer as you’re sealing the stem with the tape.
4 Attach the flowers to the garland. It’s best to start with the biggest bloom – position it at the front or just off centre, then arrange the others around it. Insert the taped stems into the vine and either wind the stems around the vine or secure with a small piece of wire if necessary. It doesn’t need to be perfect; it’s all about making a relaxed, boho-style crown. Repeat with remaining blooms until you are happy with the arrangement. Enjoy!