Christmas wreath workshop at Gravetye Manor

Christmas Wreath workshop Gravetye Manor and rushesI’ve always wanted to make a wreath to hang on our door during the winter but never had a clue where to start. Now I know how to make a Christmas wreath! But that’s only because I attended a workshop at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. It’s one of the best luxury countryside hotels in UK, famous for its gardens.

Head gardener Tom Coward was overseeing the planting of bulbs while we had our wreath flower workshop in the gazebo in the Little Garden.
Wreath workshop Gravetye Manor gazeboChristmas wreath gazebo workshop doorChristmas wreath Gravetye gardenersWreath workshop Gravetye Manor box of bulbsWreath workshop Gravetye Manor planting bulbsGravetye’s head florist Sue Flight, who has won a gold for flower arranging at the Chelsea Flower show, first gave us a demonstration.
Christmas wreath adding dried applesChristmas wreath bowChristmas wreath head florist Sue Flight We had the following to choose from when we made our Christmas wreaths on a wreath ring floral foam base: spruce, tree ivy, holly, dried oranges, dried apples, cinnamon sticks, dried lotus heads, cones and berries. There was a choice of ribbons for a bow as well as raffia to hang the wreath on a door. Sue also showed us how to put wire through the ornaments and then stick them into the ring. Christmas wreath ribbonsChristmas wreath spruce tree ivy hollyChristmas wreath basket accessoriesChristmas wreath scissors dried fruit spruce I was worried as she made wreath making look so easy, but Sue continued to give us advice when it was our turn to make them. In fact she made us all feel rather relaxed and creative. First step was to put spruce and other leaves around the outer and inner sides before starting to fill in the ring with all the ornaments.Christmas wreath ring demonstrationChristmas wreath tree ivyChristmas wreath workshop tableSuddenly the gazebo was filled with gorgeous xmas wreaths. All of us had learnt and made in a couple of hours the type of wreaths that you stop and admire.Christmas wreath holding up wreathsChristmas wreath workshop wreaths

Christmas wreath and basketsThe workshop also included morning tea or coffee with pastries and a two course lunch. It’s definitely not an ordinary lunch as head chef George Blogg and his team at Gravetye Manor have recently been awarded a Michelin star!Christmas wreath Gravetye lunch menu

I added some silver spray to give some of my berries and leaves a little bling. After all I have eight year old twins to impress when they arrive home and see my Christmas wreath on our blue front door.Christmas wreath on tableChristmas wreath on blue front door

Now I’m impatiently waiting for the announcement of their Easter flower workshops. I’m a member of Gravetye Manor so I’ll be signing up as soon as their newsletter reveals the dates. You can find out more about their events here. Extra Christmas wreath workshops with Sue Flight were added to the calendar as they’ve been so popular. But sorry to say they’re all sold out.

13 thoughts on “Christmas wreath workshop at Gravetye Manor”

  1. I’ve always wanted to go on a Christmas wreath making course. I’ve tried countless times to make one myself but at the slightest bit of wind it all falls apart!

  2. This looks like so much fun! Your wreath is absolutely gorgeous, really like how natural it looks. I put lots of berries on mine one year and was expecting the front garden to looks like a scene from The Birds. Thankfully it didn’t happen and it remained in tact!

  3. That looks gorgeous Kriss, and all the better for having made it yourself. Looks a fab way to spend some time, be crafty and treat yourself all at the same time 🙂

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