ISSUE 48  |  Anglophilia

Wreath Party: 12 Favorite Florists’ Holiday Decor Workshops

December 01, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Gillian Carson

With a little twist of willow, a sprig of festive greenery, some select blooms, and wire you can create a holiday wreath that will be the talking point of the party. All you need is a floral designer to give you some pointers. 

Here’s a roundup of upcoming holiday wreath-making workshops with our favorite florists, from LA to London (and cities in between):

London

Above: Photograph via That Flower Shop.

That Flower Shop: Hattie Fox’s style has been called “feral”. With her deconstructed, artfully unruly arrangements made with local flowers she is not only a favorite of East London’s in crowd but also the preferred florist for London’s Ace hotel. 

What: Wreath Making Class
When: December 5
Where: 263 Hoxton Street
Price:  £50 (with snacks from Embassy East)
Sign up: Email [email protected] 

What: Wreath Making Class
When: December 12
Where: Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street
Price:  £25
Sign up: Go to Ace Hotel

Above: Photograph by Columbia Creative.

Columbia Creative: Spend an hour and half with Columbia Creative’s founder Jo Woodward as she helps you create a beautiful silver/green foliage wreath with white floral additions.  She will also host an additional workshop with festive reds on a willow based wreath.

What: Christmas Wreath Workshop
When: December 8
Where: Boxpark, Shoreditch
Price: £35 
Sign up: Go to Columbia Creative 

What: Christmas Wreath Workshop
When: December 12 (10am, 2pm & 4pm)
Where: Lift Islington
Price: £45 
Sign up: Go to Columbia Creative

San Francisco

Above: Photograph via Lila B. Design.

Lila B. Design: Baylor Chapman, florist and author of The Plant Recipe Book, loves to work with succulents, foraged blooms, and botanicals; she specializes in creative container gardens.

What: Botanical Wreath Making
When: December 5 
Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden
Two sessions: 9-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm
Price: $35 (member of the SF Botanical Garden); $45 (non-member);  $15 (child)
Sign up: Go to Lila B. Design

Farmgirl Flowers: From a stall in the San Francisco Flower Market, Farmgirl Flowers delivers fresh, locally sourced bouquets. For the wreath workshop, “please enter the large warehouse next door with the sign that says ‘flower.’ “

What: Wreath Making Workshop
When: December 1 
Where: 548 5th St., San Francisco
Two sessions: 9-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm
Price: $106.49
Sign up: Go to Farmgirl Flowers

Detroit

Above: Photograph via The Wreath Recipe Book

Pot & Box: “We’re working our way through the Studio Choo The Wreath Recipe Book for some non-traditional decor gorgeousness,” says Pot & Box. Create a festive wreath with silvery juniper and with flowers from the Pot & Box cutting garden and local Michigan farms.

What: Wreath or Swag Workshops on eight dates
When: The month of December
Where: Pot & Box, 2289 Poland Street and other locations
Price: From $50 to $85 per workshop (all materials and snacks provided)
Sign up: Go to Pot & Box

Oakland

Above: Photograph via FloraCultural Society.

FloraCultural Society: Anna Campbell, founder, is a 20-year veteran of flowers who describes the FloralCultural Society as a farm, shop and learning lab based in Oakland, CA. 

What: Mixed Green and Wreath Making class
When: December 5
Where: Neighbor’s Corner, 499 Douglass Street, San Francisco (Noe Valley)
Price: $75 which covers all costs for making a mixed green or all of a kind wreath, no scissors or wire cutters needed. Light refreshments will be served
Sign up: Go to FloraCultural Society 

Los Angeles

Above: Photography via Lily Lodge.

Lily Lodge: Less of a wreath-making workshop and more of a wreath-making party. Ariana Lambert Smeraldo will be on hand to help you style your wreath using unusual materials like vintage ribbon and organic house dried goods.  

What: Wreath Party
When: December 9 (drop in any time from 4 to 8 pm and Ariana and her team of designers will help you customize a wreath)
Where: 644 N. Robertson Blvd., LA.
Price: From $75

New York

Above: Photograph via Lila B. Design.

Denise Fasanello: Spend an afternoon wreath-making with Denise Fasanello. Her arrangements show her fascination with the connection of the artist’s eye and the natural world, art history, textiles and the decorative arts.  

What: Winter Wreath Making Workshop
When: December 12
Where: Denise’s Studio, 203 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
Price:$100  (includes all supplies plus a Catrinka tote )
Sign up: Go to Denise Fasanello

Chicago

Sprout Home: Owner Tara Heibel pairs modern design with just the right amount of wild using her signature decahedron ceramic pots and bouquets of unusual blooms.

What: Winter Wreathmaking
When: December 9
Where: 745 N. Damen Ave, Chicago
Price: $125, includes all materials
Sign up: Go to Sprout Home 

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Terrain: Not all wreaths are destined to hang on your front door. Terrain’s garden chandelier hook makes it easy to create a stunning suspended display that can be used for the center of your dining table, or hall.

What: Garden Chandelier Workshop
When: December  6
Where:  Terrain, Glen Mills, PA
Price: $50 (includes garden chandelier hook, select materials and instruction)
Sign up: Go to Terrain

Richmond, Virginia

Above: Photograph via Eothen

Eothen: Katie Chirgotis, formerly of Studio Choo, has recently founded Eothen; a new design house working with clients who may call themselves naturalists or purists. While she’s “˜home for the holidays’ she’s offering a wreath making workshop for those lucky folks in Richmond, Virginia. 

What: Prism Wreath Workshop
When: December 3
Where: Black Iris Music Gallery
Price: $225 
Sign up: Go to Eothen

Edinburgh

Above: Photograph via Pyrus.

Pyrus: Inspired by everything from the living landscape, taxidermy, and bees to Victorian walled gardens and glasshouses. Art-school duo Natalya Ayers and Fiona Inglis are passionate about locally sourced flowers and avoiding all things “˜fake’. 

What: Christmas Wreath Workshop
When December 13
Where: Century General Store, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh
Price:  £48
Sign up: Go to Pyrus