Why not try something a bit different?
A little treat - time out for an hour or two in good company, local, easy parking.
Take home a beautiful locally grown bouquet of English flowers.
Earlier this year I attended an afternoon ‘make a hand-tied bouquet’ workshop tutored by Hannah Wilcock at Tre Pol and Pen.
Hannah supplied everything required – blooms and foliage, string, scissors, Tre pol and Pen supplied the venue and delicious cake, Prosecco and tea.
Hannah has perfected a technique when building her arrangements to give the attractive light and natural feel, different to the, perhaps, more structured and staid traditional bouquet.
- Celebrate the best of English flowers
- Appreciate a relaxing afternoon’s fun
- Enjoy freshly made cakes and tea, with prosecco alongside.
- A light and airy bouquet of British blooms makes a perfect, special and unique gift
- Hannah is a gentle and gracious host, skilled at her profession, and generous in her teaching.
- She was born in Tavistock, and apart from working in London for a few years has lived there all her life.
- Hannah grows the flowers for her craft. She concentrates on British blooms shying away from those imported from further afield.
Hannah’s top tips:
- Midsummer flowers good for cutting are: Snapdragon, Scabious, Cosmos, Nigella, sweet pea, Phlox, Feverfew, cornflower.
- These are annual flowers, sow them in March, they flower throughout summer and will be gone as soon as the first frost, or once they have run out of steam. They are all cut and come again varieties.
- For the garden – dead heading in order to encourage more blooms. Staking plants, I often overlook this task when things are starting off small and I forget how big they get!
- Pull out anything from early summer that’s already over or taking up space into which something else could be expanding.
- July and August are excellent months in the cutting garden and there always seems to be something new each couple of weeks.
Whilst there, I had the chance to ask Hannah a few questions:
Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. I enjoy the creativity and nature. I get fulfilment from working with my hands.
Q. What excites you about living in this area?
A. There is so much – Dartmoor, the sea, the surroundings, people are nice. When I lived in London these were the things I missed.
Q. Do you have a mantra or phrase to live by?
A. Live each day to the full.
Q. Suggest a garden that you admire or take inspiration from.
A. I love the Garden House, just on the edge of Dartmoor, it has one of the biggest collections of snow drops and always has something new every time I go. The garden has a lovely flow as you wonder through and the borders are jam packed full of colour. – oh, and there is a nice tearoom there too.
Another of Hannah’s workshops at Tre Pol and Pen is planned for mid-September.
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