Passionate about British flowers and foliage, Shane has held a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales for more than a decade.
But it is the beauty of the wedding flowers which Shane created for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, that he is most well-known for designing. In the bridal bouquet, there was lily of the valley (return of happiness), sweet williams (gallantry), hyacinth (constancy of love), myrtle (the emblem of marriage, love) & ivy (fidelity, marriage).
The flowers and foliage used to decorate Westminster Abbey, included euphorbias, rhododendron, wisteria, azaleas and lilacs, were a gift from the Queen. They were cut from the royal estates at Windsor and Sandringham. And importantly, everything was replanted, recycled or composted after the wedding.
What’s particularly special about the techniques and insights you learn through this course working closely with Shane, is the environmental sensitivity and artistic insight that’s used to create such naturalistic and beautiful floral arrangements.
This course particularly focusses on context and current environmental thinking that Shane uses to create artistic beauty with flowers. Throughout the course Shane references their natural context within the environment and its relevance to the designs.
This course is also being used to teach practicing florists and enthusiasts alike, how to practice floristry with very latest natural and environmentally friendly techniques, which are woven throughout both the demonstration, practice and thinking in these lessons. Your assignments will challenge you to develop your own style with these influences.
If you’d like insight from one of the world’s greatest florists, on how to develop your own style using seasonal, home-grown and environmentally friendly flowers for beauty – this is the course for you.