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A series of flower workshops has been added to the events programme at Kelmarsh Hall next year, offering demonstrations and practical sessions to those looking to get creative with flowers.

The Flower School at Kelmarsh will be run by Louise Wesley, who joined the Kelmarsh team this summer. Louise qualified as a florist more than 20 years ago and opened her own florists in Leicestershire in 2007. Her passion led to the creation of The Flower School.

The day-long courses are relaxed and friendly with a maximum of six students per class. Participants will create their own masterpieces to take home and share with friends and family. The emphasis is on having fun and making the most of the day.

All materials, equipment and flowers are provided, with refreshments and lunch included in the cost of the workshop.

2013 Events at The Flower School:

Tuesday 19th March 2013: Seasonal Hand Tied Bouquet Workshop for Beginners
Monday 16th September 2013: Contemporary Workshop for Absolute Beginners
Tuesday 1st October 2013: Seasonal Hand Tied Bouquet Workshop for Beginners
Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th December 2013: Christmas Door Wreath Workshop

The cost of each course is £95 per person (RHS members £76 per person). For any further information please contact Louise on 01604 686543 or email flowers@kelmarsh.com.

Flowers at Kelmarsh

Louise also offers a bespoke floral service for couples getting married at Kelmarsh Hall, often using flowers freshly cut from the walled garden. In addition to the complimentary vases of flowers couples receive as part of their Kelmarsh wedding package, Louise can also provide arrangements for the Great Hall and table centres, as well as bouquets or button holes to continue the theme throughout.

More About Louise 

How did you get into floristry?
I studied art and design and I knew I wanted to do something creative. I’d always loved flowers so I decided to combine the two.

What’s been your biggest challenge as a florist?
I had a huge church mantel to decorate – it took three of us using three stepladders over the course of three days to get it done!

What is your favourite flower?
Peonies are my absolute favourite. I also love freesias for their scent and hydrangeas.

What is the best thing about using flowers from the gardens at Kelmarsh?
The gardens are breathtaking. I feel like a child in a sweet shop – the colours and designs seem to change on a weekly basis. 

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