Yesterday, Pollen held its first ever workshop at Pollen’s studio, located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Exclusive to Pollen clients (and a sidekick), students learned the basics of floral design, with an emphasis on working with farmers market flowers.
After some instruction and demonstration (and mimosas and bloody marys), the students designed their own arrangements. I was so impressed by how well they did!
We worked with all locally grown flowers to create a low and lush centerpiece appropriate for a dining table. The flowers selection included dahlias, zinnias, gomphrena, viburnum berries, lisianthus, cosmos, coxcomb… Lots of bright and beautiful summer flowers. I set up an area for students to take photos of their arrangements (then lurked behind them and took some myself). Check out the students’ arrangements below and on Pollen’s Facebook page, where many of the students have posted photos of their work.
I’m seriously impressed with their work! If you are a Pollen client and missed it, have no fear, I’ll be doing it again next year. I had so much fun reconnecting with my clients, meeting their friends and family, and seeing their pride in their new design skills!
If you aren’t a client (or if you are, and can’t wait until the next one exclusive to clients), there will be another workshop in a few short weeks. Sunday, September 9, 2012, I will be hosting a workshop/fundraiser to help out one of my flower friends with the costs related to his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment. You may have met my flower friend, Les with The Flower Garden, while buying flowers at the Green City Market. All ticket sales go toward his medical costs. This workshop is limited to just 10 people, so sign up quickly! Get more information about the fundraiser/workshop (open to the public) and buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256572