Learn how to make your own traditional festive wreath with pines and moss, winter foliages, berries and ribbons and also learn the skills to create other wonderful decorations, giving a personal touch to your Christmas. The course includes all equipment, materials and resources you need, and requires no previous experience.

Through the day you will develop skills and techniques in flowers and foliages that will help you create wonderful designs in the future. By the end of the day, you will have learned some basic techniques of flower arranging and floristry that can be progressed in the future. You will finish the day with a beautiful wreath to adorn your front door for the season.

Tutor: Karen Davies-James

Karen Davies-James is floristry trained at Capel Manor College achieving Higher Diploma in Floristry. She is constantly attending workshops herself to grow her skills and techniques. She has run her own workshops in the past and demonstrated at ladies groups and flower clubs, the flower arrangers society locally and surrounds. She is Vice Chair of the Woodford and District Floral Arrangement Group that are based in Wanstead. She was involved in the Capel Manor Gardens Floral Festival this year and the Floral Art and Design Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington in August 2019. She is keen to share her ideas and teach and show others how to make lovely flowers for the home.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration
10.00 Introduction
10.30 Make a decorated wreath for your front door, wall or table
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Finish the wreath and make other Christmas decorations for the home
15.15 Look at the decorations made by others
15.30 Summary, Questions, Taking your interest further, and Review
16.00 Course Ends.

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Apron
  • Sensible footwear for the day
  • Bag or box to take home the items you make


  • Bring along your own scissors and secateurs to use