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John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Our First Flower Workshop

Budding Florists have a Blooming Good Time at our First Ever Flower Arranging Workshop 

The rain did little to dampen spirits as guests arrived at Hale Village Hall to attend the first ever Flower Workshop hosted by Lakes&Rivers Flower Farm on one drizzly late-September afternoon.

The quality and attention to detail that underpinned the entire day was immediately evident on arrival. Greeted with a glass of prosecco and chocolate-dipped strawberries, guests were left to admire the entrance hall, decorated beautifully with stunning bright posies and small autumnal arrangements, whilst chatting to other workshop members. 

From the décor to making sure each person was looked after, it was abundantly clear from the offset that the Lake&Rivers team take enormous pride in both their work and the customer service they deliver. 

“The Lake&Rivers team are dedicated to bringing organic fresh flowers to the North West, but through their workshops they bring that little something extra.”

Time for Tea

After shaking off their umbrellas and enjoying their strawberries, guests sat down to an indulgent afternoon tea. Each plate was piled high with delicious cream cakes, tasty mini desserts, and freshly made scones and sandwiches, all washed down with dainty china cups of tea (or another glass of prosecco).  

Each table was filled with groups of friends looking for something different to do or individuals looking to try out new skills. And, from first-time florists to amateur arrangers, the workshop attendees were made up of all levels of experience, and all levels of confidence. But, the one thing everyone had in common was looking forward to what the afternoon would hold for them, as they prepared to enter the main hall for the rest of the workshop event.

Flower Power

The guests were met with the notable fragrance of autumnal blooms and foliage, as they stepped into the, once again elaborately decorated, workshop hall and found a space at one of the workbenches. Each workbench featured goodie bags filled with sweet treats alongside artisanal ceramic vases by My Home Rocks, as well as all the equipment they’d need to start. 

Flower farm founder John Gibbons took to the microphone to introduce the start of the session. John helped the workshop-goers orientate themselves to the selection of wonderfully colourful homegrown flowers and greenery before them, identifying Zinnias, Dahlias, Eucalyptus, and many more, all supplied by Lakes&Rivers and Irish Green Guys. 

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Each plate was piled high with delicious cream cakes, tasty mini desserts, and freshly made scones and sandwiches, all washed down with dainty china cups of tea (or another glass of prosecco).

Here’s One We Made Earlier

The flower arranging demonstration was carried out by experienced florist Anna from Mary Mary Floral Design in Liverpool. As well as showing off her creative flair for contemporary floral design, she also shared her expert knowledge, answering questions as she snipped stems, and giving out top tips for structuring arrangements and ways to prolong the lifespan of freshly cut flowers.

Once the demonstration was done, the group all got busy trimming and positioning their own flowers in the neutral-tone vase provided. From the chatter and laughter in the room, everyone approached the task with enthusiasm and joy. And, based on the professional photographs taken of each finished arrangement, they were all a tremendous success. 

The Lake&Rivers team are dedicated to bringing organic fresh flowers to the North West, but through their workshops they bring that little something extra. Their passion for delivering high quality flowers was transferred into a truly unique experience with added fun, beauty, and creativity, helping to brighten up an otherwise dull day. 

Lakes&Rivers will be hosting further workshops throughout the year. Follow @lakesandriversflowerfarm on Instagram or visit our events page to find out more and book your space.

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