TUSCANY FLOWER SCHOOL
REBEL REBEL FLOWER SCHOOL TUSCANY
Next course: 24th to 28th June 2019
Following the success of our London Flower School evening workshops in Hackney and our classes in Beijing, we decided to open a Flower School during the summer in our favourite part of Italy, far from the madding crowds in the mountains near Barga and just a winding single track train ride from the beautiful walled city of Lucca in Tuscany.
Our house is in a small hamlet near Barga, a medieval hillside town, in the middle of the wide valley of the River Serchio. The area is called the Garfagnana, a protected area of natural beauty. The workshops and accommodation are at Col di Lavacchio, a large and comfortable Tuscan farmhouse with views across the Garfagnana, beautiful gardens, olive grove, swimming pool and a yoga platform. Our resident chef cooks lunch for us every day and is already planning the final night’s fantastic feast.
Last year we planted a cutting garden and love to forage in the woods and fields, supplementing the flowers we buy from the local flower market. Our natural style of flower arranging will benefit from the native flora and the flowers that we buy from the Flower Market at Pescia. Italian summer flowers include peonies, roses, sweet peas, snapdragons, stocks, all our favourites.
The Summer School is over five days with six nights accommodation, during which you will create our signature Bouquet on Legs, learn to wire elaborate flower crowns and perfect buttonholes, work as a team on a large installation, and decorate the garden - the focus of the last night feast with flowers, feathers, branches and lights. We want our students to find the way into their own floral style with our expert help. Plus pizza. Plus aperitivi! There is a break day in between for you to explore the beautiful surroundings or relax and enjoy the tranquility.
DAY 1 - FLOWERS & FORAGING
A foraging walk through the beautiful surrounding woodlands, meadows groves and fields then an afternoon on flower care and preparation and making our signature Bouquet on Legs.
DAY 2 - THE TECHNICAL SIDE
The morning is spent making a Constance Spry-inspired vase arrangement with herbs and twigs and leaves with seasonal flowers and maybe some early summer fruits. For lunch we move to a nearby hilltop villa wiring flowers, leaves, fruits and feathers for crowns, garlands, buttonholes and corsages.
DAY 3 - BREAK
Take the day to explore the local area, take the train to Lucca (recommended if you haven’t been there), or stay home and relax by the pool.
DAY 4 - REBEL HOUSE
Spend the day at our own house, working as a team. More foraging and conditioning before we all set to work to create a beautiful floral installation.
DAY 5 - FEAST NIGHT
Using all the experience and techniques learned in the last few days, we make floral headpieces for our guests and work together to decorate the location for our feast on our final night together.
You will be staying in a traditional Garfagnana farmhouse with chestnut beams, exposed stone and terracotta tiles. Perched above a terraced amphitheatre with a small vineyard the property has a covered breakfast terrace and a vine clad dining terrace with huge rustic table and benches. Antique furniture, fabulously comfortable bedrooms with high ceilings and a superbly equipped cook’s kitchen add a touch of luxury to this rural retreat. click here for more information.
Our closest airport is Pisa and we will arrange to meet you at the airport for collection.
COSTS (Flights not included)
£1650 per person per room - £1350 per person shared room (group bookings) Package includes accommodation for six nights, all tools, materials, breakfast, lunch and final night feast.
If you are interested in joining us for one of our Tuscany Flower School dates, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org