Across the year

Four Seasons and the Bouquet

Making the bridal bouquet is the most important, and possibly the most nerve-wracking part of a florist’s job. From creating the design, to the selection of the right seasonal ingredients, the construction of the most exquisite bouquet that will dance down the aisle, to capturing the bouquet in photographs for your own portfolio, these classes are designed to help make you feel more confident in your work. 

Each class is a half day, either 10-1 or 2-5. Cost £250. Flowers, ribbon and photographs are included. Just choose your favourite season.

Spring: week commencing 9th May (9th and 11th already full)

Summer: week commencing 18th July (18th already full)

Autumn: week commencing 3rd October (4th and 6th already full)

Winter: week commencing 22nd November 

By arrangement

Tea and Simply

One-to-one business mentoring sessions.
Available to book at any time throughout the year, these sessions (each lasting one hour) can be done by telephone or other remote means. They can also be done here in the garden or even in your own working environment.
My own small business was started from nothing just under 10 years ago. I have helped and guided many others since then and watching the development of other florists, growers and creatives is something I cherish as much as growing flowers themselves.
These sessions are for anyone already running a floral business (or small creative business) or anyone starting out who would like a sensible sounding board and genuinely good advice on how best to navigate the current economic climate and challenges that we all face. Each business is unique and these sessions, which are completely confidential, are designed to give you the confidence and impetus to make you and your business as successful as possible.
Price: from £50 per session.
To book contact Sarah :

23rd and 24th November 2021

Winter Flowers

From Middleton Lodge, 23rd and 24th November 2021

Together with Kirsty Johnson of The Wilde up to 10 guests are invited to this two-day floral retreat from the main house at Middleton Lodge Estate.

Guests are welcome to stay overnight in the rooms within the house, in which we enjoy exclusive access for our time. Lunches will be taken in the house each day so that we don’t need to move far from an open fire or sofa as we make winter arrangements to fill any home. 

Guests will make wreaths for doors, table arrangements, mantle/floor pieces and we will provide lots of ideas and inspiration for styling the home and table for the festive period. 

Relaxing in the luxurious surroundings is mandatory. Sipping cocktails at the end of the day is also suggested. Leave room in your car for all that you’ll take away. 

Accommodation can be booked individually and all guest bookings for the class are to be made by contact with Kirsty here:

4th October 2021

Flowers and Photography

Yorkshire 4th October 2021

On this day we are joined by photographer Éva Németh. The day is limited to two guests and each will spend half the day creating a floral masterpiece worthy of a great photograph and the other half learning how to take that great photograph. 

At the end of the day, and in the best of the golden autumn light, scenes and areas will be created and discovered so that the day can be captured forever, on camera.

Lunch and refreshments are provided. Guests will take home a ceramic bowl, flowers, new skills in floral design, and of course photography and maybe also photographs by Éva too. 

There’s also talk of us being joined by Jack from A Glimpse of the Garden. Jack is an impressive self-taught floral designer and photographer, who will bring another perspective to our class, as well as sunflowers. 

Price : £675 

Early September 2022


Early September 2022 – exact dates to be confirmed

Together with Rachael Scott of Hedgerow we invite 2 guests on each day to join us in appreciating this magical garden in the East Neuk of Fife.

After an early morning tour of the garden, at its quietest and most soulful time, we will spend the day creating floral works of art, inspired by the garden, and capturing them photographically and, under Rachael’s guidance, in ink drawings too if desired.

A chance to truly unwind and discover what flowers and gardens mean. 

Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided. A floral banquet of flowers will be provided, both in the stables and out in the garden. Guests will take home an exquisite ceramic bowl, together with photographs, drawings and treasured memories of time well spent in a place of great beauty. 

There is an option to join us for both days if you think one is not enough.

For anyone who needs accommodation or guidance on the area we have lots of information.

Price: £475 per person, per day.

To be announced

The Knackered Florists’ Retreat

Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire.

If you are a florist, flower grower or a flower lover and anticipate being knackered by October then this day is for you. Join us for a relaxed day in The Fig House at Middleton Lodge. A day with like-minded flower folk, all in need of tea, gin, good food, a chat, a wander around a superb walled garden, and of course an autumnal floral buffet to help with the gentle stretching exercise of creating a bowl of flowers to take home.
As well as all of that, there’s a spa for treatments; a very good lunch;  a stunning hotel for those who fancy an overnight stay and dinner; and we will be joined by photographer Eva Nemeth, for more good humour and photographs of you or your flowers. She might also give you some photography tips too.
Additionally, there are reduced room rates for guests staying at the hotel and there’s a possibility of a well-known florist joining us at some stage for a light-hearted business chat.
Expect to laugh a lot, and make a few new friends (or see some old ones).

Price £195
If you are already on the list of potential attendees do no more. If you would like to be added to the list please get in touch. Places are limited.

By arrangement

Simply One-to-One Classes

Spend a full day, or a half day at our Yorkshire studio, home and garden.
One to one classes are held each week and are tailored to suit your needs. If you are a beginner we can start you off with the basics and provide all the guidance you need to either start your floristry business or continue with your hobby. If you are a professional florist in need of some inspiration we can put together a day – or more – to help you with any aspect of your business whether that be creating new designs from unusual flowers, perfecting or trying out different techniques (such as foam-free installations or naturalistic bouquets) or helping you to create an exquisite portfolio of work to set you apart from others in your area.
All of our classes are done in a relaxed environment, involve much laughter as well as learning and we provide a superb banquet of flowers and food, and unusual vessels to take home. Each session ends with some photography so that you have a visual record of your day, as well as, we hope, a warm memory of time well spent perfecting your craft.
Priced from £250 (with some discounted rates for return customers).
Booking is always by email so that we can chat about exactly what you need. Early booking is advisable as spaces are limited.
Contact to enquire.

11-13th July 2022

Simply Yorkshire

A 3-day restorative and creative floral retreat from the heart of the small corner. For flower and garden lovers.
Guests will stay at award-winning Old Cragg Hall Barn, which offers luxurious accommodation and far-reaching Yorkshire views. Days will be spent ‘doing the flowers’ at Sarah’s home, garden and workshop. From the finest banquet of seasonal flowers, and using unique vessels, we will create and capture on camera your wildly beautiful bouquets, centrepieces and urns. We will also be joined by Rachael Scott for one of our days.
You will enjoy the very best Yorkshire hospitality. All meals are catered for – from breakfast at the barn to evening meals at the finest Yorkshire restaurants and Inns.
For the full information pack contact :
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