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  • Swallows & Damsons' Flower School, April '15
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    Emily Humphrey
Swallows & Damsons' Flower School, April '15
A massive THANK-YOU to Anna Potter of 'Swallows & Damsons' Flower Shop in Sheffield for a fantastic evening's floral creativity on Wednesday night. Seven of us joined Anna for a 2 hour evening 'Flower School' to get a glimpse into how she creates her beautiful signature natural, hand-tied arrangements.
Anna belongs to the 'back to nature' school of flower arranging, where choice picks of seasonal blooms are creatively selected for their colour, shape & texture & combined into informal arrangements that would be just as fitting in a Palace as they would be in a dimly light cellar space. The focus is drawn back to the flowers themselves rather than a set arrangement style. 
Each of us made our own selection of 'head flowers'(the primary, accent blooms in the bouquet), 'second in commands' (secondary blooms to compliment the head flowers, generally smaller in size), 'fillers'(to add variation of height & texture) & foliage from the shop's seasonal picks. We then played Florist & individually arranged & tied our bouquets to fit our chosen vase & viola! Each person's bouquet was different & had a personality of it's own, non of the sterile-looking posies you see in so many florists, they were wildy natural & much more about the creativity & eye of the arranger.
All helped along by the lovely company, vintage ephemera adorned surrounds of the shop's workspace, some vino & amazing Portuguese custard tarts from The Forge Bakehouse just down the road. Bit of a dream come true for me to play florist for the night & looking forward to practising a bit more next time I have the chance! Anna advertises her flower schools on her Facebook page & plans on holding a larger scale wreath making course in Sheffield on the run up to Christmas, so keep your eye out & sign up quick to avoid disappointment. 
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    Emily Humphrey