July

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July 18 – Loire Valley Series: Chaumont Topiary  

Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125pp or $195 for two

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Introducing an exciting new theme of workshops – the Loire Valley Series – inspired by Elaine’s visits to the breathtaking chateau’s and gardens of the French valley. 

This is 16th century France (think Muskoka or the Hamptons, 500 years ago and ever-so-much more grand!) and the floral decoratives from this period are breathtaking! They take some technique, which we will teach you – but best if you’ve worked with flowers before (or have already taken one of our workshops).

Inspired by the famous chateau Chaumont, with its gardens full of topiary’s, clipped hedges & manicured gardens, we’ll be designing a stunning topiary arrangement designed to dry. 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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July 29 – Return to Grace Series: The Real McCoy  

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125pp or $195 for two

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Introducing an exciting new theme of workshops – the Return to Grace Series – think 1950s, pearls, Grace Kelly, lace dresses- when flowers like Stephanotis, Lily of the Valley, and Gardenia took centre stage. This series will focus on honouring a gracefulness in decor and design.

In this workshop, each student will design a beautiful potted arrangement in a vintage McCoy pot. McCoy, a famous ceramic potter from the 1940s/1950s, who coined the phrase the real McCoy to thwort off their competitors. Our favourite from his collection, are his small woven pots with attached saucers, in happy colours like jade green, robins egg blue, soft pink and sunshine yellow. 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

August

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August 10 – 12 – Weekend Floral Retreat

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

$695/pp

Includes materials, instruction, daily continental breakfast & catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

We are so excited for our second annual Weekend Floral Retreat! This is something you are sure to remember! Limited to only 15 students, this retreat is the perfect weekend to escape from the ordinary and recharge, refresh and lean all about flowers!

How’s this: Treat yourself to a weekend escape to the country side at our French Peasant Gardens & charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio. For overnight accommodate suggestions connect with elaine@fromthepottingshed.com.

Set fast lane living aside! After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with prosecco! We will start by kicking off the weekend with a ‘Happy Hour’ welcome reception on Friday evening and enjoy a beautiful cheese board from Ces’t Cheese Please. We will tour the French Peasant Gardens, review the weekend schedule and share introductions.

Those who choose to take advantage of overnight accommodations, can then make their way over to check-in for their weekend stay.

Enter Saturday morning. Who said Mimosa? Yes please! Then roll up you’re sleeves, time to rock & roll! We will be hunting and gathering flowers and foliage in the garden and the beautiful countryside – so dress for outdoors. Next up – no sense waiting – let’s get right in there – let’s start creating beautiful fashion bouquets – the kind you see in Wedding Bells Magazine! (Did you see us on the cover of the last issue? These bouquets are REALLY special – and sell for $195+ each!)

We will be designing a stunning arrangement in one of our beautiful Hand-crafted Stone French Reproduction Garden Urns – made by one of our local artists – something we often create for weddings at Langdon Hall’s Summer House.

And as if that’s not enough – we will end the day with a glass of wine & design on graph paper a breathtaking paisley rose petal carpet, ready to install the following morning.Sunday we will welcome the day with a group Brunch at Langdon Hall – fuel for a busy day! (Did you know we are their in-house florist?) Brunch will be followed by a guided tour of Langdon Hall to see some of the most beautiful settings for weddings (Take notes! We will be designing decor for these spaces back at the Stone Cottage Studio!)

Back at the Studio – the day will be all about Celebration Flowers!
We will learn about one of the hottest trends of the year – arbour decor and oblesik designs! Out in the garden we will style a beautiful French Oblesik, pergola, and arbour – making the perfect backdrops for magical ceremonies! Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!

After lunch, we will begin our last project: aisle decor – oh what fun! From chair swags, floral sprigs, to beautiful hanging antique mason jars, you’ll learn how to make that walk down the aisle an extra special one! Designed to then be moved to the reception and set in pretty vases. At last, our very special project – we will install our breathtaking paisley rose petal carpet. Get your cameras ready!

Before you go home, enjoy some light refreshments and take some time to get those profile picture and instagram-worthy photographs so you can capture the moment and special day. We’ll send you home with a Certificate of Completion and memories that will last a lifetime! We’ll have a professional photographer on hand – so invite your friends & family for our final happy hour!

BONUS! Take home all the beautiful florals you create!

Fall Session is October 19 to 21, 2018.

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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August 19 – French Peasant Cooking 101 

Sunday, 11:00am – 4:30pm ish

$195/pp

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine 

Limited to 10 students.

Introducing if you’ve been following us on Social Media – you will no doubt have noticed photos of the amazing lunch-time spreads offered at our Workshops & Classes !

All inspired by Elaine’s time spent in the South of France – at cooking schools & gleaning ideas from the locals.

Well – today’s your day ! You’ll start with a tour of an amazing French Peasant Garden – where you’ll hunt and gather ingredients we will be needing for cooking up in our gourmet kitchen (complete with fab copper pots from France & Italy) Elaine will share her not-so-well-kept-secrets of French Peasant Cooking – so roll up your sleeves and get ready to rumba !

We’ll be working with flowers too ! – creating an amazing tables cape to welcome your friend who you will invite to join us around 4:00 pm to drink wine and taste the bounty of the day !

This class is limited to 10 students (+10 friends for tastings) so be sure to sign up asap so that you do not miss out !

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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August 22 – Return to Grace Series: 1950s Florals  

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and brunch

Instructor: Elaine

Introducing an exciting new theme of workshops – the Return to Grace Series – think 1950s, pearls, Grace Kelly, lace dresses- when flowers like Stephanotis, Lily of the Valley, and Gardenia took centre stage. This series will focus on honouring a gracefulness in decor and design.

Elaine will review styles and techniques of floral design that were popular in the 1950s, using pin and glass floral frogs (yours to keep!) 

Floral frogs made of wire, pin and glass were placed on the bottom of vases and containers to ensure the florist could create the exact shape of an arrangement they desire – and allowed them to use less flowers. 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

November

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November 18 – Evergreen Foraged Wreath 

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Come dressed for the weather ! We will be outdoors – gathering Evergreen bows, dogwood, berries, pine cones & other Woodland treasures ! You’ll then entwine these with grapevine to create your own beautiful wreath ! Fee includes a Mimosa welcome session, instruction, your wreath & a lovely light lunch! 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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November 28 – Evergreen Gorgeous Garland

Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Fee includes a Mimosa welcome session, instruction, your wreath & a lovely light lunch! 

 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

December

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December 1 – Woodland Window Box

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Create a handsome Evergreen Decorative in a hand-crafted wooden barn-board window box (approx 26″ length) – suitable for outdoor or indoor display.

You’ll weave pine, cedar, noble fir and such with woodland twigs – add a nest with quail eggs for a picture worthy Evergreen show piece !

Fee includes all your materials, the window box, a scrumptious lunch & instruction

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 2 – A Downtown Abbey Christmas 

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Fee includes all your materials, a scrumptious lunch & instruction

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 5 – Evergreen Table Circle 

Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Fee includes all your materials, a scrumptious lunch & instruction

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 8 – Worth Repeating Two Table Top Urns 

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp or $295 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Fee includes all your materials, a scrumptious lunch & instruction. You’ll design 2 matching table top stone urns to take home! 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 9 – Evergreen Mantel Spray 

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp or $295 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Fee includes all your materials, a scrumptious lunch & instruction. 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 15 – Evergreen Silver & Gold Compote 

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Fee includes all your materials, a scrumptious lunch & instruction. 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com