12th October 2020

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.

24th April and 15th May 2020

Simply Spring (aka Fettling Fritillaries on a Friday)

Two half-day classes in which we invite guests to use the very best of our spring flowers.
Last autumn, alongside Jill Shaddock, we planted a collection of unusual spring bulbs from delicate narcissi, to fritillaries with unpronounceable names, to black and white tulips named after a bloke called Rembrandt sourced from fancy suppliers in Holland. If Mother Nature provides an abundance then Jill Shaddock and I will encourage you to create your own Dutch Masterpiece. If not, we can think about Ikebana 😉
Each class is limited to 4 guests. 10.30-2pm with a light lunch.
Price £200 pp.  Early booking advisable.

April, June, October and December 2020

Four Seasons and the Bouquet


Class 1: 30th April 2020
Class 2: 22nd June 2020
Class 3: 5th October 2020
Class 4: 7th December 2020

A series of classes to be run alongside photographer Sarah Mason to celebrate each season in flowers and photography and to ensure that by the end of the year you have the skills and confidence to create stunning bouquets with seasonal ingredients and to capture them on camera for your portfolio. A surprise element is built into each class and we also provide as much guidance as possible on the development and growth of your business.

Each class is a full day – half spent on flowers, half on photography – and (because of what we learned from teaching these classes last year) we intend to offer places to two people for the whole year.

Price: £1900 (£475 per class) or £1800 if booked before 31st January. Staged payments across the year can be arranged.

Contact simplybyarrangement@sky.com to reserve a place.

A full information pack is available by request.

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 simplybyarrangement@sky.com to enquire.

21st-24th September

Cambo – A Garden in Scotland

With Rachael Scott of Hedgerow and photographer Helen Warner we invite 6 guests to join us in this 3-day appreciation of our favourite garden and area. Spending our days within the walled garden on The Cambo Estate, we will create garden-style arrangements, bouquets and installations inspired by all that our eyes can see and our souls can discover.
Evenings will be spent exploring the nearby town of St Andrews and accommodation is in a luxurious house there near to shops, restaurants and the sea.
Price: £1800
6 places maximum
Contact simplybyarrangement@sky.com for the full brochure.

13-16th July 2020

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 Frida Kim for one of our days. But, it’s not all flowers. There are also classes with other local artists and artisans. Photography with Sarah Mason; Botanical Art with Julia Ogden; Ceramics with Marie Canning; Leather work with Catherine Edwards; or maybe a walk along the Bronte Way with Lynne Howell from Bronte Country Walks.
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.
Price £1800 pp
1 place remains.
For the full information pack contact : simplybyarrangement@sky.com

May 18th and 19th 2020

How to do the Wedding Flowers

A two day class in Yorkshire with Rachael Scott of Hedgerow
In this two-day class we share all of our knowledge on wedding flowers. Both of us have built up respected wedding flower businesses from nothing in the last 10 years. We both work primarily with British flowers and with foam-free techniques and this class covers everything from sourcing ingredients and supplies, to how to win the best weddings for your own business and how to effectively run those weddings (from conditioning to designing to packing and setting up at the venue). Guests (a maximum of 4) can expect to make bouquets, bowls, urns and an installation on this class. A vessel to take home is included as are lunches and refreshments and photographs of your work.
Price: £895

9th and 10th March 2020.

Foam-Free Flowers in the Fig House

From Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire.
With Kirsty of The Wilde and photographer Eva Nemeth.
Two days in which we will gently guide you through the techniques, mechanics and flowers required to create a breathtaking wedding scene in The Fig House without the use of floral foam.
A vessel to take home, notes and  portfolio photos are included and reduced rates for rooms are available for anyone wishing to join us for an overnight stay.
Price: £895.
Booking to be made via kirsty@thewildefloral.com
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