While visiting London last week, I had the chance to take a little step towards one of my personal dreams: learning to arrange flowers like a pro!  Now, I won’t claim to be able to step in for any of the incredibly talented florists I get to work with on my events… but I definitely gained a bit of creativity & skill to use on the arrangements for my living room!

It all started when I was exploring the Marylebone neighborhood, and passed by this breathtaking window display.  “Jane Packer Flowers,” read the chic black & white sign… and of course I had to circle back and go inside.

The interior of the shop was just as heavenly.  I was surrounded by buckets of roses, peonies, tulips, hydrangeas, & sweet pea in creamy shades of white, beautiful porcelain vases, & innovative designs.  I picked up a pamphlet on the Jane Packer Flower School offered in London, Tokyo, & New York.  A chat with the salesgirl led me to discover the next day’s course on “Arranging Flowers for the Home.”  I was hooked!

The next day, I arrived for school on time and was handed my supplies: shears, twine, & a stylish little Jane Packer apron.

Our instructor was a total artist, and patiently taught us how to recreate Jane Packer’s signature hand-tied style of arranging classic bouquets.  You hold all the flowers in one hand, and rotate the entire bouquet as you go…

The first step in any arrangement is cleaning each individual stem so that it’s free of unwanted leaves & spotted petals.  A time-consuming step, but can certainly make or break a bouquet’s appearance.

Really though, how could you not make a gorgeous arrangement when given such gorgeous raw materials?  The roses & dahlias were in similar shades of pale pink, but their contrasting textures gave the bouquet lots of depth.  It was so much fun to leave with my gorgeous creation, and even more fun to practice my newfound skills at home!

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    Sidney | October 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

    That looks so fun! I’ve been wanting to find a local flower arranging class to learn how to put together arrangements for my house when I have guests over.

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    Emily | October 6, 2009 at 10:27 am

    What fun? I saw an article once about a flower school in Paris that is on my “Things to do in life” list!

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    Megan Biram | October 6, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I’d hire you to arrange some for me!

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    Nicole Macaluso | October 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    So beautiful!

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    Flower Boy | October 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    great course, such beautiful floristry (and lady florist 🙂 )

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    Sarah | October 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    love your pictures! what a fun afternoon!

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    Jessica | October 12, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    What an awesome experience. In the long list of things I wanted to be when I grew (grow) up, florist was one of the ones that stuck around for awhile. I have a new thing on my list of things to try!

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    chelsea | December 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Oh how great! Didn’t know you had done this. So glad you got to experience her shop and learn the hand-tied!! xo

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