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The Art of Environmental FloristryTaught by Shane Connolly

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Flowers are a bit behind food. The trend with food is for nature and simplicity – organic, locally sourced, seasonal things.

  • You'll understand how to find inspiration

  • Unlock your design style

  • Glean environmental floristry techniques

  • Confidence to practice floristry


Passionate about British flowers and foliage, Shane holds royal warrants of appointment to both HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

But he is perhaps best known for designing the beautiful wedding flowers for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

The bridal bouquet was inspired by the Language of Flowers with lily of the valley (return of happiness), sweet William (gallantry), hyacinth (constancy of love), myrtle (a symbol of marriage and love) and ivy (fidelity, marriage).

The flowers and foliage used to decorate Westminster Abbey included euphorbias, rhododendron, wisteria, azaleas and lilacs which 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. Shane is pioneering sustainable techniques, and during this course he's taken a ‘no floral foam' stance to lead the next wave of environmental floristry.

This course particularly focuses 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 the 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. No floral design will be too big or too small. This course covers the very simple right through to challenging and sophisticated displays; all scales of design are covered.

You'll find that Shane's style of teaching is both down to earth and pragmatic, whilst being approachable and non judgemental.

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.

The Curriculum

  • 1. Artistic philosophy

    In this lesson you will get unique footage to help you understand how Shane’s artistic process works for design in floristry. This is a deeply personal aspect of design, one which enables you to use your environment to inspire and influence the choices you make. You’ll be taken on location during the video lecture with Shane, on an intimate journey to places of inspiration like art galleries, and natural settings for flowers. Here Shane shares his own passion and thinking processes for how you will begin your own design process. Learning outcome: By the end of this lesson, you will have learnt how to tap into your own design inspiration, using your own environment.

  • 2. Environmental Flower Choices

    Here Shane shares how he makes choices about flowers based on his vision. In this lesson context and the environment play a very important part in the choices that he makes. You are encouraged to do the same, wherever you are in the world. This is where you will start to understand why you are making the floral choices you are depending on your own context, needs, flower and foliage availability and personal style.

  • 3. Design creation

    In this lesson, rather than prescriptively telling you what to design, Shane talks you through several of his own designs, which are followed through from the inspiration stage shared in lesson one. Learning Outcome: You will learn here some ideas and techniques on how to translate your creative inspiration into a practical reality using only environmentally friendly techniques.

  • 4. Favourite Designs

    Finally, now you have understood and are beginning to own your personal style, Shane talks you through his own favourite designs from his own floral work and others. This is to help you evolve your thinking further, and progress in terms of breadth of styles and influences. There is a particular focus on naturalistic displays and environmentally friendly practices.

Meet your expert tutor

Shane Connolly was born and raised in Northern Ireland. He read Psychology at university but a lifelong passion for plants and gardening eventually led to a complete career change and he set up his b...read more

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