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Venue: The Village Hall, Combe St Nicholas
Near Chard, Somerset, TA20 3NY

2018 Autumn/Christmas workshop programme coming in August...

Don't be shy about coming alone as plenty do

Individual attention guaranteed

Flowers are like friends; there is no doubt they really do brighten up your day. So bearing that in mind, why don't you come along to a workshop this year and join in the fun?

Always popular, they are not only a great way to meet like-minded people, but also give you the chance to learn a relaxing and creative skill. You will be surprised at what you can achieve, even if you have never done anything like this before.

If you can't make any of these, remember I can always run a workshop for you. Many ladies groups do this at a venue of their choice - they can even be held from your home if you prefer.

Private lessons are also available.

And of course, not forgetting businesses, workshops are also great Corporate team-building events which again, can be run at a location chosen by you.

Take a look at the pictures below showing some of the designs students have made.

I look forward to seeing you soon.
Best wishes

Here is an example of a floral ring.

This one focused on beautiful vintage roses - which smelt absolutely gorgeous.

Almonds were put onto wires to add interest to the design. Gypsophila (the little white flowers used a lot in bridal designs) and a variation of foliage was also used.

To add the final element to finish the design, lime green midelino sticks were curled and inserted.

Ashville Design Workshops
All workshops are always taught by me, there are no substitutes. I am a very friendly, patient and caring tutor with a huge passion for fun, flowers and floral design. Oh, and just in case you are wondering, I am a fully qualified tutor, have won numerous awards for my teaching and have over 30 years experience.

I guarantee that you will go home from your workshop with not only a design you are really proud of, but one you are happy to show off to your family and friends. Very importantly, you will have gained the confidence and experience to be able to repeat it again on your own.

Workshops vary in size according to the design being made. You will always receive individual attention. Tables are provided and you will have plenty of room to work. All adults are welcome.

I frequently add extra workshops, so if you would like to be the first to know, please contact me and I will add you to my email list.

Fees are per person and are payable on booking. They include unlimited refreshments and the basics to help you make your design. An easy-to-follow list showing things you need to bring to your workshop will be issued a couple of weeks before you attend. Should you wish to use it, a sales table with floristry goods is available at each session.

Beautiful Bowl of Roses

Saturday 15th June 2018
10am-12.30pm or 2pm-4.30pm £20

On this workshop you will learn tips and tricks from the trade on how to buy, pick and care for your flowers, together with all the techniques and design tips that you need to create your gorgeous bowl of roses.

Ashville Design Flower School then has a summer break until September.

** Autumn/Christmas workshop programme will be available in August**
To book email ashvilledesign@outlook.com or call 07906 259 683:
Cancellation policy:
All fees are payable in advance and can only be refunded or transferred to another workshop if either you or I can find another student to take your place. In the extremely unlikely event that I have to cancel, you will either receive a refund or the option to transfer to another workshop of your choice.

Enjoy this picture gallery of some of my proud students, their creations and testimonials:

What a great picture below! These are some of the lovely ladies from our Easter Spring Posy workshops - this was so uplifting on a grey day. Nicki said: “I was really pleased with my posy. It was harder to make than it looked, but I am confident I could repeat it now."

“This was my first workshop. I learnt a lot and really enjoyed myself - 10 out of 10 from me!”, added Sue.  Louise commented: “I found this quite challenging but after a little help from Jackie, the end result was absolutely lovely.”

Below this was a workshop with a difference - a copper wire panel design, combining a craft element with fresh flowers. I wanted each lady to leave this workshop with a new-found, confident knowledge on how to create a contemporary floral design using wire.

Nanette said: “I really enjoyed it all – this workshop was the best yet!

Here's Kim with her copper wire panel - didn't she do well?

It's something very different and is going to look fabulous in her home!

The three lovely ladies below were amongst a group who came to our Tulips and Tins workshop.

Julia said: “I was really pleased with the designs I made and confident I could repeat them. I never realised that tulips were so versatile and that we could turn them into tropical flowers. The final display was stunning – 10 out of 10 from all three of us!”  

We kicked off our 2018 workshop season making Woodland Winter Wigwams, I hope you enjoy the pictures that follow after these lovely comments:

Amongst the group was first-time attendee, Claire who said: “There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Everyone was friendly, and we had a very helpful, supportive tutor. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Kay agreed. “This workshop was excellent value for money. It was a real pleasure to do such an unusual design. Jackie is so creative and a pleasure to work with.”

Julia said: “This was another excellent workshop, so creative and friendly. I was very pleased indeed with my design and amongst numerous other things, I learnt a lot about how to buy roses and care for them. Everyone a winner – 10 out of 10 from me!” 

Carole agreed. “I was delighted. This was the best workshop I’ve ever been to. It was fabulous to learn how to make such a beautiful designer arrangement. A brilliant morning!”

For Christmas 2017 I decided to use straw as a base for creating these luxurious wreaths. The workshops were great fun - and just look at the results!

Louise said: “I absolutely loved this workshop and was really pleased to learn a different method for making my Christmas wreath using straw. 12 out of 10 from me!”

Kim added: “I’m confident could make my wreath again. I learnt new wiring techniques, how to work with straw and much more. We had a lot of fun, it was a great workshop.”  

And now I'd like to introduce you to Ally.

Ally was a first-timer and had never been flower arranging before.

But she plucked up the courage to come to our Mini Christmas Tree workshop.

I'm sure you will agree this is a fabulous result!

Really well done Ally - we all look forward to seeing you at a workshop again soon.

Here's a festive feel for you! The pictures below are from one of our 2017 Christmas Cracker workshops.

Didn't Sue do well? Her Christmas cracker was made with foliage picked from her garden.

It included pittosporum, conifer and a few other bits and pieces.

She used red spray carnations which were very effective and very long-lasting - perfect for using over Christmas as even with the heating on indoors, these little flowers keep going for ages.

Her design was finished off with some very pretty lime green ribbon bows.

10 out of 10 from me - well done Sue!
And here are some more lovely ladies from those workshops with their crackers.

Liz  said: “This workshop was great fun, value for money and I’m really confident I could make the design again. 10 out of 10!”

Sue and Andrea added: “We learnt a lot about how to handle our flowers, in particular our roses. We loved the whole experience and were really pleased with our crackers.”

Here's one design made at our "Strictly Come... Flower Arranging" workshop.

It was a tribute to one of the most popular shows on television - and I'm a huge fan!

Don't you just love the shoe?

We used a glitter ball, roses, spray carnations, spray chrysanthemums and foliage. We also added feathers and other sparkly bits and pieces.

I think Craig would have loved it - perhaps even giving a "10"?

We'll never know...

Our summer dining workshops below were great fun! Here are some of the designs made which included a table centrepiece, dressed napkin rings and place settings.

Carole said: “For me, the perfect way to spend a day is at one of these workshops, they are such fun. We all followed Jackie’s carefully explained step-by-step instructions for all three designs. “We created stunning, circular arrangements with our beautiful roses – which were the absolute stars of the show. It was such a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. No pressure - just pleasure!”  

I'm so proud of the lovely ladies below who made these beautiful boxes of British blooms to celebrate British Flowers Week. Congratulations everyone, the village hall looked like a Chelsea flower shop...  and smelt utterly divine.

Louise said: "Another new arrangement which would make a lovely present. The workshop was so friendly and we had a giggle as always. I was really pleased with my design".

Sue said: A great workshop, in fact, it was fantastic! Jackie helps all the time to make sure we go home with something we love and can make again with confidence. I will definitely recommend these workshops to my friends".
Below you will find a very patriotic and proud group of ladies who came along to my "Great British Floral Tea Party" workshop.

We made floral cup cakes to celebrate our Her Majesty's Sapphire Jubilee. Sara said: “This was a simple - but very effective - design which could be adapted for all occasions. I like simple things and was very pleased with the design I made.”  

Sue added: “I learnt how to make a sisal collar and how to add beads to my flowers which gave a lovely effect.”  “I enjoyed the whole workshop, the design was beautiful giving a new slant on a cup-cake – it was brilliant, I was very pleased indeed”, commented Angela.

These designs were definitely good enough to grace any table - I'm sure the Queen would have loved them all!

Let me introduce you to the ladies below from Axminster Flower Club in Devon who I ran a workshop for. I demonstrated how to make a floral cake and a floral card. Here are a few of the beautiful floral cards they made - well done ladies!

We had so much fun making Easter topiaries (below) at one of our Spring workshops - didn't they do well?  Jackie said: “I learnt a new skill of topiary arranging. I really enjoyed the session and will definitely be making another one”.

“This workshop showed how a few simple blooms can be used to great effect. It was very clever”, added Sara.

Sue added: “Yet again another beautiful design. I enjoyed learning about how to make a topiary. It’s a new skill for me, I was really pleased with what I made.”

It was not only time to celebrate Easter, but a birthday too. Below are an absolutely lovely group of ladies who came over from Dorset to do just that. They went to our local pub first for lunch, but ran out of time so brought their pudding with them to have at tea-break. We had such a laugh...

Here's Su having fun working on her Easter topiary design - it turned out beautifully and took pride of place on her dining room table.

Well done Su!

A few lovely photos follow of our recent "Winter Turns to Spring" workshop where everyone learnt how to do "naked" flower arranging! (That's flower arranging without the use of floral foam).

Sue said: “This was another brilliant workshop. The designs we made were ideal presents to make.
I really enjoyed learning a new skill and this was an excellent gift idea. I was very pleased with my design. 10 out of 10 from me!

Pictured above Gill and Carole with their "naked" Spring designs. Carole said: "This workshop was delightful, I'll definitely be making more of these designs. They will make lovely presents too. I came with my friend Gill and once again, found it very friendly, informative and relaxing."

Despite the miserable weather, fun and laughter filled the village hall recently at the first of a series of flower arranging workshops planned for 2017.

Blooming with inspiration, ladies brushed away the winter blues and after watching step-by-step demonstrations, all worked enthusiastically on their “Winter Wonderland” designs. They each made a beautiful winter garden with a contemporary twist.

Using just a few flowers, winter foliage, flowering bulbs, natural materials, twigs and even test tubes and cotton wool, each design was a feast for the eyes.

Kay (pictured below) said: "
I was really pleased with my design; the workshop was inspiring!"

Well done to Kay and everyone else who attended - see you again soon.

2016 Workshop Year:
On one of our Christmas workshops, Carole said: “I really enjoyed this workshop and felt very pleased with what I created. My friend Kim and I agreed that our arrangements turned out better than expected and we learnt a lot of new ideas. It was very relaxing and great fun.”

Carol and Kim each made a beautiful festive table arrangement which I know will have been admired by everyone who dined with them. Adding very pretty lights to their designs was the ultimate finishing touch –proving even more that these two ladies certainly know how to sparkle!
Hugely popular, here are some of the gorgeous wreaths made at one of our 2016 Christmas workshops - there were certainly some beautifully dressed doors around the West Country during December. 10 out of 10 from me!

Here's a lovely picture of Jackie proudly presenting two of her floral gifts she made for Christmas for her friends.

This was a fabulous workshop where we made a simple plant look very glamorous by wrapping it and adding accessories.

Everyone made a hessian handbag full of seasonal flowers.

Then finally, learnt how to upcycle a simple jam jar by dressing it and filling it with blooms.

Congratulations Jackie, you did really well!
Lydia had never been to a flower arranging class before, here's what she said: “I heard about these workshops from my mum, who also came along. This is the first flower arranging workshop I’ve been to, I really enjoyed meeting everyone and trying something new, it was very relaxing.”

As a complete beginner, didn't she do well!

What a fabulous workshop this was, so many happy faces and so many wonderful variations of our Autumn Treasures design. Well done girls!

Louise said: "I just loved it all (especially the cake!). I learnt how to use different types of leaves and how to use fruit in an arrangement. I was very pleased with my design and will definitely recommend these workshops to my friends. 10 out of 10!"

On this workshop, Tapestry of Flowers, we learnt how to group flowers and accessories - the end results were fantastic, well done everyone.

Ingrid said: "I learnt how to re-shape leaves, group my flowers to the best effect and how to use floral glue. It was a lovely calm atmosphere with lots of support. I really enjoyed this challenge." Ingrid's picture is below with her gorgeous design.

This was our Country House Chic workshop, where we made our own containers in three sizes, then filled them with seasonal blooms and accessories.

Here are two of the Country House Chic designs made - a huge well done to Louise and Nanette!

Isn't the miniature on the right fabulous?
A very proud Nicky with her lovely sunflower design.

Here are a group of lovely ladies proudly showing off their Tall and Slender designs. Didn't they do well?

We celebrated British Flowers week during June 2016 by running workshops to make Colourful Country Baskets.

Nanette said: “This was a very inspiring workshop, using a basket to create a beautiful arrangement of summer flowers. Jackie demonstrated first, then, duly motivated and ready to go, we all set to work. The results were amazing. Everyone created beautiful arrangements in splendid colours.   

“It did not matter whether we were using flowers from our gardens or local growers, the baskets were equally stunning. Jackie's workshops are always useful as you learn so many new tips. And also, how to prepare flowers to make sure your arrangement lasts for as long as possible.”  

Louise Boffey from Chaffcombe said: “We all arranged such lovely locally grown flowers. Jackie always has time for everyone and was very nice and helpful. I was really pleased with the design I made.”

Sometimes it's nice to do something a bit different , hence our Trendy Panel Design workshop. We used copper wire and lights to make this design along with loads of other bits and pieces. Here's Carol with the trendy panel design she made - all finished and full of sparkle, just like her!

The village hall was full of laughter when we were making the trendy panel designs. What fun, and they all looked so different at the end. The designer element definitely came out in everyone for this one!

And below we have the wonderful Lyme Bay Lovelies who came for a private workshop to make floral cards. Whenever they meet as a group, they dress in purple outfits and wear red hats or fascinators. Diane Lee said: “We all agreed that it is never too late to learn a new skill - and Jackie certainly taught us so much, with a few special secrets to improve our flower arranging in the future."

We had a fabulous morning together - well done ladies!

We celebrated our wonderful Queen's 90th birthday with "Time for Tea" workshops. Sue Smyth said: “I never believed I could make something like this, small is definitely beautiful, it was such fun, I was really pleased with my design.”

Sue Hipwood agreed: “I really enjoyed the workshop, I didn’t realised how tall a design I could make in something so small and was surprised at how much I could fit into a tea-cup. I’m going to make another one now for my friend’s birthday.”

“I learnt a lot. Jackie is very friendly and gave us lots of hints and tips, showing us how to dress a cup using just a small amount of flowers. I also made a taller design which I was delighted with. I’m really looking forward to the next workshop”, added Kim from Charmouth, Dorset.

And here are some of the lovely designs - good enough to grace any table.
One of our Spring Posy workshops - there was so much fun and laughter and end results to be proud of.  Ingrid Edginton said: "These workshops are inspirational! I learnt about how to condition my flowers so they are at their best and also learnt some useful tips about roses and gerberas. This was in addition to making my beautiful spring posy which was wrapped in grapevine. I was really pleased with my design. Jackie is extremely knowledgeable and teaches with such enthusiasm and encouragement I will definitely be coming again."  
Didn't they do well? Spring had definitely sprung on this workshop below in February 2016 "Spring Floral Cards". The village hall was awash with the scent of spring flowers. Carole from Axminster said: "I'm glad I found you! I'm a beginner and need more practice, but I was very pleased with my design. The workshop was very relaxed, there was no competition or pressure, it was very friendly."

Here are some students from the January 2016  Spring "Tulips and Twigs" workshop.

Sarah, who was a first timer said: "I've never done any flower arranging before and found it very relaxing and very enjoyable."

Well done and thank you to everyone who came along for some fun.

You made several splashes on-line and in the local newspapers too!

Here are some more "Tulips and Twigs" students proudly displaying their rustic designs. By using different colours and varieties of tulips along with a mixture of country foliage, moss and twigs, they created beautiful arrangements to display in their homes.

For both workshops, the village hall was awash with literally hundreds of "Tulips from Amsterdam."  We did have some fun ... and at one point, broke into that famous tulip song too.

Festive workshops saw floral Christmas cakes that looked good enough to eat:
Proudly presenting their fabulous floral Christmas cakes and featured in the press, Jackie  (centre) said: "I'm over the moon with what I've made, I loved it."
More floral Christmas cakes with another group: This was like "The Great British Bake Off" - except no-one was eliminated! Sara said: "What I liked most was learning how easy it is to make a lovely display and discovering my potential for flower arranging - if I can do it, anyone can." Kim added: "The whole experience was great. Jackie was so helpful and gave great tips."

Here are Holly and Andrew from Taunton with their Christmas cakes. They were proudly featured in The County Gazette.

It was absolutely fabulous to offer a very warm welcome to them both - in particular to Andrew.

So ... to all the chaps out there who would love to have a go at floral design, please don't be shy - come along.

Holly said: "You could use what you liked and Jackie was available to help if needed, but not over-powering - a lovely teacher."  Andrew added: "It was relaxing, fun and good to learn a new skill. Much better than I expected."

A few of the gorgeous table centre-pieces created by these three lovely ladies who came along to one of the Christmas workshops - Jan, Carol and Rosina

What a fun workshop this was, full of laughter and creativity.

This super group of ladies made festive designs which they could either use as a table centre-piece or as a wreath for their doors.

We all had such a lovely evening and by the end we were all really in a festive mood!

Nanette said: "Jackie is so good at explaining the techniques to be used - she inspires everyone with her excellent demonstrations."  Pat added: "These workshops are informative, fun and a really lovely experience."

A continental design (below)  was made at this workshop - didn't they do well.

Some of the gorgeous floral rings created at a summer workshop by Carol, Gerry and Nanette

If you don't already know, I can always run a workshop for you at a venue of your choice. Please contact me if you'd like more information.

Fabulous hand-tied arrangements created at a summer workshop. They all had the "wow" factor.
Flo Petersen said: "I never believed I'd be able to do something like this, I love what I've made. My daughter and grand-daughter were really pleased with theirs too, we'll be coming again."

Starting to get organised ... enjoying the workshops and most importantly, having fun.

Another workshop where everyone made a gorgeous summer floral ring. Sue Hipwood said: "These workshops are always so enjoyable and have the added bonus of meeting new people with a similar interest. Instructions are very clear and easy to follow and there is always encouragement and help when needed. I have really surprised myself with the beautiful arrangements I have made and am really looking forward to the next one."
Proudly displaying a modern contemporary design. Jenny Wheadon said: "I really enjoyed myself. I was a bit wary having not done anything like this before and concerned because I'm not arty or creative at all. However - I impressed myself and was absolutely delighted with what I made. Everyone was very friendly, everything was easy to follow, even for a complete beginner. I'm definitely coming again, it was great."

Remember, flower school workshops fill up fast - so if you would like to be the first to hear as soon as further dates are available, please contact me to register.

"I came with my mum and would like to come to regular workshops - it was most enjoyable."

"I came with my mum and would love to come regularly, but unfortunately I don't live locally.

It was great fun, we all received plenty of help when we needed it.

Thank you."

"I really enjoyed myself and would definitely be interested in more workshops.

The workshop instructions were very clear - 10 out of 10."

"Jackie was very clear, encouraging and helpful.

This workshop was very good value for money. I was very happy.

Jackie encouraged each person to work at their own level.

The workshop was friendly and relaxed.

I thoroughly enjoyed it."

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And finally, this lovely lady - last but not least - is Su (the apron gives her name away). 

She's my fabulous, enthusiastic helper, who loves flowers as much as I do. This was a little gift for all her hard work.

Have fun with flowers - see you at a workshop soon.

Best wishes

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