Festive Everlasting Wreath Workshop
Tis’ the season to be jolly, ful la la la la la la la la
Wednesday night was my wreath workshop which I held at Bonds.Store in Hackney London. A setting of exposed brick walls, botanical plants and spicy scents in abundance…simply divine.
Like a lot of people at the moment, I’m becoming more and more aware of my use of plastic. It is everywhere and you can’t seem to escape it, and it is even more prevalent at Christmas time. From rolls and rolls of plastic backed wrapping paper, to piles of packaging, to the mounds of oasis foam that is used in so many floral arrangements.
To be perfectly honest, it’s not just the plastic that bothers me. According to the Telegraph, Brits will bin the equivalent of 108 million rolls of wrapping paper, 54 million plates of food and use 180 million batteries over the Christmas period. A pole of 2000 adults found the nation will also get through more than 40 million rolls of sticky tape and bin almost 100 million black bags full of packaging from toys and gifts.
Surely something needs to be done about this?
As a florist, I am trying my hardest to avoid using floral foam where I can. Floral foam is really, really bad for the environment and it is used everywhere at Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, foam has its uses, it allows you to extend the life of your flowers, hang them from ceilings and arrange them in all sorts of weird and wonderful positions. However, it not only extends the life of flowers, but it has a very long life of its own. Floral foam is basically plastic, it is not bio-degradable and it contains carcinogens. It goes straight to landfill. Gross.
For this reason, I wanted to hold a festive ‘Everlasting Wreath Workshop.’ I wanted to teach people how to decorate a Christmas wreath which didn’t need to be thrown away come January.
The wreaths that the ladies made were on a grapevine base, adorned with dried and preserved foilage. If kept dry and stored in the right way, they can be brought out year after year!
Here are some photos from the fab evening!