January

From The Potting Shed

January 29 – 30 – Florist Coaching Programme (SOLD OUT)

NEW DATE ADDED FEB 26 – 27

Tuesday – Wednesday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

$495/pp 

Includes 2 days of coaching sessions and lunch

INTRODUCING OUR FLORIST COACHING PROGRAMME. 

Over the years, we’ve had a lot of our students and fellow florists in the biz ask us to share many of our best kept secrets when it comes to starting, building and sustaining a successful floral business.

Soooo…. we’ve decided to offer a Florist Coaching programme to answer all of your burning questions! Over the course of two days, we’ll cover topics like: 

How to Build Your Brand

Preparing Floral Plans for Weddings & Events 

Effectively Pricing Weddings

Budgeting Materials 

Tips on Placing Flower Orders 

Use of Social Media 

Maintaining a Competitive Edge 

This is a great (& affordable) opportunity to learn secrets from one the country’s top floral and gardening designers in an drop-dead-gorgeous setting – a century old stone cottage studio on the outskirts of Galt’s charming downtown core in Cambridge, Ontario.

The instructor? 

Our own celebrated Floral Designer Extraordinaire, Elaine Martin.

Elaine’s passion for all things flowers, career the fashion business (working in the House of Dior in Paris in the 80s’), and hosting a television show on gardening and the floral arts in the 90’s (which aired on Life Network, now HGTV), makes her a unique and highly sought after teacher, life coach, public speaker and entertainer! You may have seen her work in North America’s best Home Decor magazines. 

Over the course of two days, Elaine, along with some of our Senior Designers, will share with you her best-kept secrets and experience gleaned from over thirty years in the industry and four generations of gardeners.

Questions? Connect directly with Elaine:

elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

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February 22 – 24 – Weekend Floral Retreat

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

$895/pp when booked before Christmas ($1095 after)

Includes materials, instruction, daily continental breakfast & lunch

Are you feeling cabin-fever? Do you long for the sun on your face, and the warm soil on your hands… We sure do! Come shake off the winter blah’s & fill your soul with the scent of lilacs, hellebores, apple blossoms and more. If you love flowers, gardening & need a break from winter, roll up your sleeves, get your fingernails dirty and join us for our annual Weekend Floral Retreat! 

How’s this:

Treat yourself to a weekend escape to the country side at our French Peasant Gardens & charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio. Leave fast-paced living aside, and enjoy the tranquility of our setting and joy of being surrounding by the beauty and fragrance of springs best flowers & plants and like-minded friends! Feel free to ask for accommodation suggestions!

Here’s the brief outline:

Day 1: Welcome Happy Hour Reception (6pm – 7:30pm)

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 charcuterie board. We will tour the French Peasant Gardens & our Stone Cottage Studio, review the weekend programme 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.

Day 2: Bouquets, Large Scale Arrangements & Garlands  (10am – 4pm)

Enter Saturday morning. Who said Mimosa? Yes please! Then roll up you’re sleeves, time to rock & roll! We will be immersing ourselves in springs best potted plants & flowers, think – hellebores, muscari, anemone, crocus, tulips, fridilah, iris reticulata, greenhouse herbs & more! Even learn how to force bloom branches – magnolia, forsythia, apple, cherry, plum and other fruit trees and the like! Next up – no sense waiting – let’s get right in there – let’s start creating beautiful spring fashion bouquets – the kind you see in Wedding Bells Magazine (Did you see us on the cover of their 2018 Spring issue? These bouquets are REALLY special – and sell for $195+ each!) 

Lunch will include a menu inspired by fresh herbs and savoury sweets from the garden. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – we might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens from indoors and out.

After lunch, another treat! We will be designing a stunning fresh cut flower arrangement in one of our beautiful Hand-crafted Stone French Reproduction Garden Urns – made by one of our local artists. Your’s to keep & enjoy for years to come! Wait there’s more – you’ll learn to design one of our most popular pieces – our hand-woven garlands, entwined with flowers & designed to dry! Enjoy for months to come, hung over a mirror, mantel or as a swag on your front door. 

Day 3: Potted Spring Decoratives, Photo Session & Happy Hour (10am – 4pm) 

Sunday we will welcome the day with a group Brunch – fuel for a busy day! 

Today it’s all about the perfect pieces to welcome an early spring! We’ll design decoratives such as a cheerful wall hanging basket, overflowing with a collection of ivy, herbs, potted plants and topped with moss. Can’t you just smell the rich, warm soil! Then, we’ll move onto something for your table with the best spring flowers, then topped off with branches, nests, quail eggs and more! 

After lunch break, we’ll make sure everything is just right…. and welcome a professional photographer to join us and take photos of you & your designs, completely Instagram-worthy or perfect to add to your portfolio!

We’ll end the weekend with a Wrap Up & Happy Hour at 4pm, be sure to invite your Friends & Family to show off all your hard work. We’ll send you home with a Certificate of Completion and memories that will last a lifetime! (And of course, take home all the beautiful florals you created!)

Interested? Connect with Elaine directly:

elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

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February 26 – 27 –  Florist Coaching Programme 

Tuesday – Wednesday 10:00am – 4:00pm

$495/pp

Includes 2 day coaching session & daily lunches

INTRODUCING OUR FLORIST COACHING PROGRAMME. 

Over the years, we’ve had a lot of our students and fellow florists in the biz ask us to share many of our best kept secrets when it comes to starting, building and sustaining a successful floral business.

Soooo…. we’ve decided to offer a Florist Coaching programme to answer all of your burning questions! Over the course of two days, we’ll cover topics like:

How to Build Your Brand

Preparing Floral Plans for Weddings & Events

Effectively Pricing Weddings

Budgeting Materials

Tips on Placing Flower Orders

Use of Social Media

Maintaining a Competitive Edge

This is a great (& affordable) opportunity to learn secrets from one the country’s top floral and gardening designers in an drop-dead-gorgeous setting – a century old stone cottage studio on the outskirts of Galt’s charming downtown core in Cambridge, Ontario.

The instructor?

Our own celebrated Floral Designer Extraordinaire, Elaine Martin.

Elaine’s passion for all things flowers, career the fashion business (working in the House of Dior in Paris in the 80s’), and hosting a television show on gardening and the floral arts in the 90’s (which aired on Life Network, now HGTV), makes her a unique and highly sought after teacher, life coach, public speaker and entertainer! You may have seen her work in North America’s best Home Decor magazines. 

Over the course of two days, Elaine, along with some of our Senior Designers, will share with you her best-kept secrets and experience gleaned from over thirty years in the industry and four generations of gardeners.

Questions? Connect directly with Elaine:

elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

March

From the Potting Shed

March 31  –  Flowering Spring Orb 

Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for two

Includes materials, instruction & lunch

Today it’s all about the perfect piece to welcome an early spring! We’ll start with a beautiful clear glass orb, and add in layers of moss, rocks, and potted plants and bulbs such as fern, ivy, tulips, crocus, mascari, iris and the like… 

Get ready to get your fingernails dirty! Can’t you just smell the rich, warm soil…

For tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

April

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April 7 –  French Peasant Cooking 101 

Sunday 11:00am – 4:30pm

$195/pp

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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April 13 –  Easter Gathering Basket 

Saturday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for two

Welcome spring (and your guests!) with this vintage wicker basket (that we’ve scoured antique markets for all season long!) filled to the brim with spring’s best potted plants & bulbs, like hyacinth, iris, tulips, crocus, hydrangeas and more. 

A look that is very south of France…

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

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April 14 –  Spring Table Circle 

Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for two

Dress your table with the seasons best flowers and greenery! Tuck hydrangea, trailing ivy, and fern into a lovely twig wreath base. Top it off with branches, nests, quail eggs and more! 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

May

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May 4, 5, 11 or 12 –  Mother’s Day Wreath & Flower Crown Workshop

Saturday or Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for two 

Hey, have you got Mothers Day covered yet? They say the best gift is your time – so, how about this? Together, both of you take some time away from busy!

Gift your mother and self to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa!

Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens. You’ll glean tips on preparing your garden for the changing seasons of winter to spring and spring to summer. If you’re a gardener, have your questions prepared!

Afterwards, we will be making our way back into our Studio space where we will begin the first project of the day – flower crowns! What fun it will be having everyone wear a crown for the rest of the day’s events and photo op’s!

After lunch, we will begin our primary project: a beautiful twig wreath inspired with spring flower ingredients. You will entwine fresh peonies (designed to dry) to become an everlasting wreath for your home. Nothing smells like the freshness of spring more than peonies!

Before you go home, enjoy a light lunch and take some time to get those profile picture and instagram-worthy photographs so you can capture these memories and special day.

Happy Mothers Day!

For tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

Foraged Herbs

May 8 –  Designing an Herb Garden 

Wednesday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for two 

Are you dreaming of your very own Herb Garden?
Maybe somewhere just by your kitchen door to inspire you on what to make for dinner? Or to snip some seasoning for Sunday Brunch?

How about a quiet aromatic little spot for yourself – for reflection, meditation or morning yoga? Can you envision yourself gathering blossoms and herb clippings for tea? Or to display artfully in your bedroom?

Well! How about this idea…

Take some time away from busy and gift yourself to a day in a French Peasant Herb Garden!

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with an herb infused mimosa or tea.

Your day will include an in-depth tour of our Herb Gardens – where you can get all manner of questions answered:

Which herbs should be planted in which conditions?
What about light, shade, soil or water?
How about the height/colour/texture of the plants?
Are they invasive? Do I have to plant them every year?
Which ones are culinary? Medicinal? Decorative? Dry?

Next, our celebrated gardener, Elaine will offer tips on structure, pathways, fences, gates, obelisks, entertaining areas and other decorative and useful ideas.

Lunch will include a scavenger hunt for herbs in the garden, feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs.

Over the course of the day, you will plant your indoor herb garden – yours to take home to continue on the inspiration of bringing the garden indoors and introducing a more holistic garden-to-table lifestyle.

What do you think? Ready – Set – Go?

For tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

June

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June 5 –  Loire Valley Series: Floral Festoon 

Wednesday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$175/pp 

Our Loire Valley Series of workshops is inspired by Elaine’s travels to the breathtaking chateaus 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 Château de Chenonceau, or the “Women’s Castle”, the only castle built, decorated, inhabited and saved by women, making it a great place to understand the role of women during the Renaissance. Think Catherine de Médicis.

During this workshop, you’ll design an oversized floral decorative (think ‘garland swag’) that’s a romantic addition to hang over your bed, a mirror or over a door to make any entryway feel grand.

Picture a garland that’s smiling, rather – a 5 ft garland swagged to look like it’s smiling. Stuffed full of flowers and foliage designed to dry so you can enjoy it for seasons to come.

Magnifique!

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

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June 23 –  Loire Valley Series: Helené Dreams 

Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp 

Helené can’t stop thinking about the flowers in her garden…

Our Loire Valley Series of workshops is inspired by Elaine’s travels to the breathtaking chateaus 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).

We’ve commissioned a local artist to create a beautiful French reproduction stone bust which makes such an impressive statement and timeless addition to your home.

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

July

July 31 –  Return to Grace: 1950s Florals 

Wednesday 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp 

Introducing an exciting new theme of workshops – the Return to Grace Series – think 1950s, pearls, Grace Kelly, lace dresses- 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, and teach you a very special technique when designing delicate bouquets using flowers like Stephanotis, Lily of the Valley and Gardenia. A true lost art, that has seen a resurgence with recent royal weddings.

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

December

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December 1 – Woodland Window Box

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

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

December 7 – A Downton Abbey Christmas 

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

In an authentic 1920’s Pressed-glass Compote (yes, you keep this antique to take home!)
you will design a beautiful display of evergreens, rosehips, pomegranates, antique garden
roses and other gorgeous fresh cut flowers, to create a beautiful holiday decorative worthy of a Downton Abbey Set. This is designed to be freshened up over the festive season as the flowers tire – we will share with you a few of our secret tricks! 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 8 – Evergreen Christmas Wreath

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

You’ll design a handmade wreath of Evergreens, berries, pinecones & other cool stuff, on a metal hoop! This is one we are very excited about – and cannot wait to show you this technique!  A festive look that is terrific hung on a door OR set as a table circle with pillar candles inside! 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 11 – Worth Repeating Two Table Top Urns 

Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp or $295 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

This one is so beautiful that it is worth repeating! You will be making two!

First up – select from our variety of hand-crafted stone table-top containers by one of our favourite local artists. In the new year you can transform the arrangement in this container into a spring planter!

Next you’ll start “greening them up” (The trick is to make them match like twins.) You’ll be adding beautiful roses, pinecones, rosehips and other gorgeous flowers.

These handcrafted stone urns make for Charming holiday decor for your Christmas dining table, on top of your fireplace mantle, or as hostess gifts during the holidays.

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 14 – Evergreen Mantel Spray 

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195/pp or $295 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Imagine how gorgeous your home will be for the Holiday Season!

One of our best-selling items at Christmas time – when we make them for delivery – they start at $295 – so this is quite a savings when you make it yourself!

You will be creating your own gorgeous mantlepiece. First up is gorgeous greenery – all of the season’s best !
Then, decorate your work of art with pomegranates, antique garden roses, berries, pinecones and the like!
This is made cleverly in a hidden water source so it can stay fresh well into the new year (although you may need to freshen up the roses).

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

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

Set in your choice of a beautiful silver or gold mercury glass compote, you will learn how to “green up” your compote – ever so artistically ! We will be using a mixture of the seaon’s best greenery – for lots of great texture! Then, you’ll be adding beautiful roses, pinecones, rosehips and other gorgeous flowers.

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

December 18 – White Christmas Trio 

Wednesday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125/pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and lunch

They say the best things always comes in threes, including our White Christmas Trio Workshop! You’ll design – not one, not two, but three adorable festive decoratives in vintage milk glass containers. Feature seasonal greenery such as pine, oregonia, magnolia and noble fir, topped off with seasonal white flowers.

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com