ISSUE 11  |  In The Clover

The Language of Flowers Workshop with Ginny Branch and Ashley Bailey

March 19, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

It’s easy to wax romantic about flowers. But a two-day spring workshop with some of the most admired talents in the business really does sound dreamy. For two days in May, stylist-extraordinaire Ginny Branch will team up with florist Ashley Bailey to lead a floral and styling workshop at Mandy and Steve O’Shea’s organic 3 Porch Farm outside of Athens, Georgia. Offered through CAMP Workshops, they’re calling the retreat The Language of Flowers.

Photographs by Haley Sheffield.

Above: Flowers arranged by Ashley and styled by Ginny in an 1890s farmhouse.

To me it sounds like a full-fledged floral extravaganza. Students will receive “seed to stem” lessons in the world of flowers from Ashley and Mandy, including a farm tour and lessons covering everything from seasonality to floral care to developing techniques for building wild and beautiful bouquets.

Photographer Jen Causey will be on hand to photograph student work and offer photography tips, and Rinne Allen will teach a special course on how to create cyanotypes using flowers and foraged botanicals from the farm.

In addition to hands-on floral arranging lessons, students will get practical advice from Ginny on how to style still-life flowers for shoots using different surfaces, backgrounds, and supporting props. Ginny will offer tips and tricks for getting work published including clues about what art directors and editors look for in floral editorials. 

The Language of Flowers Workshop is May 11 to 13, just outside of Athens, Georgia. Details below.


Cost: $2,500/person**

Instructors: Ashley Bailey & Ginny Branch 3 Porch Farm Rinne Allen | Jen Causey

Date: May 11-13

Location: 3 Porch Farm, Athens, GA

Class Limit: 12 students

**All supplies, breakfasts, lunches, and farewell dinner are included in the workshop price. There is a block of rooms at a hotel in Athens for the workshop attendees. Attendees are responsible for booking their rooms and must do so by April 21. Each guest is responsible for hotel, airfare, and shuttle service to the hotel in Athens, GA. A shuttle service will be provided from the hotel to the farm each day. There are no refunds given for cancellations. 

For more from Ginny and the CAMP Workshops, see A Guide to Intimate Gatherings from the CAMP Workshops.