For those in search of a creative festive outlet that’s a little more satisfying than wrapping gifts, hip east London florists The Flower Appreciation Society is hosting Christmas wreath masterclasses throughout December.
Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey trained in illustration and textile design before establishing The Flower Appreciation Society in 2009, and are celebrated for using seasonal British flowers, whenever possible, to create natural and wild floral arrangements for weddings and events.
The Traditional Wreath Making Christmas Workshops (£85 per person) take place on December 10, 11 and 12 at Day and Jauncey’s studio in Hackney, where guests will be greeted with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. The hour-long masterclass then starts with techniques in “mossing” the steel ring – to create a moisture-preserving base for the greenery – before the focus shifts to the expressive business of arranging seasonal foliage and festive flourishes including pines, holly, berried ivy, pistachio, eucalyptus, mistletoe, cinnamon sticks and dried orange.
The Dried Christmas Wreath Making Workshop (£75 per person), held on December 11, focuses on creating sustainable arrangements using materials such as wicker and dried flowers – think honesty, grasses and hydrangeas.