I was super excited to attend Triple Wren Farm’s bouquet making class, before Thanksgiving. We were hosting for the first time, in our new home, for 15 people. With the dust settled from making concrete countertops (tutorial to come!), it was time to decorate! I attended the Triple Wren Farms Fall flower workshop with my mother-in-law and we both walked away with more knowledge about the Slow Flower movement, bouquet making tips and two centerpieces / conversation starters for Thanksgiving dinner!
Triple Wren Farms is a flower farm owned by Sarah and Steve Pabody, in Ferndale, Washington. Their land is beautiful, as well as their bounty: ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, honey and chickens. You can find and buy from them at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, with many other great local growers!
3 Tips from Triple Wren
1. Floral Foam Alternatives are Awesome
Floral foam, or that dusty green block beneath bouquets, contains a bunch of multi-syllabic words that sound gross and could be harmful to your health. Sarah saved us the lecture and gave us a solution – a combination of woven baskets, tiny plastic bowls and chicken wire! The chicken wire acted as a strong support for all of the flowers, while being lightweight and easy to pick and place flowers as we went.
2. Produce in Bouquets > Edible Arrangements
Chocolate covered strawberries delivered to do your doorstep are all fine and good, but tiny apples and mini gourds in a fresh bouquet…..lovely! Sarah showed us how to introduce produce items (from Triple Wren farms) into the bouquets to add pops of color and character. Simply poking a wood skewer through the fruit and positioning it within the bouquet.
3. Start with Greenery
Sarah didn’t skimp on flowers or greenery, providing us with a playground of color, smells and textures. She encouraged us to start with a foundation of greens and then accentuate with colorful florals later on. Starting with the greens allowed us to make a canvas to accentuate with varying colors and textures. She even showed us how to introduce a succulent into the mix, by way of a skewer and a bit of floral tape. The beauty of using succulents is that you can propagate them to use elsewhere, later on.
Sarah Pabody will be hosting another pre-holiday mini-floral workshop, with limited slots (details here). I’d highly recommend attending the workshop if you are hosting a holiday dinner or are in the market for a hostess gift. You’ll walk away from the workshop with a great bouquet and a few tricks for your next DIY bouquet too!