Axminster flower ladies go naked

PUBLISHED: 16:57 08 March 2017

Gill Tester (left) and Carole Hanna with their naked flower arrangements. Photo credit: JACKIE NICHOLLS

Gill Tester (left) and Carole Hanna with their naked flower arrangements. Photo credit: JACKIE NICHOLLS


Students shown how to complete an arrangement using just the bare necessities.

Adventurous Axminster ladies attended a workshop on naked flower arranging recently at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall, near Chard.

Amongst the beautiful scent of Spring flowers - and a lot of laughter - this upcoming trend was explained, then demonstrated step-by-step by their tutor Jackie Nicholls from Ashville Design who runs the workshops.

She said: “Naked flower arranging is flower arranging without the need for floral foam. Structures are made that can be used again and again, so although these take time to make, they are very cost effective and great fun in the process. Best of all, no-one needs any experience.”

During the workshops, each lady made a vase out of twigs. The rustic containers were then decorated and filled with their favourite Spring flowers, some of which had been flown in freshly cut from The Scilly Isles the day before.

Carole Hanna (pictured right) said: “This workshop was delightful, I’ll definitely be making more of these designs. They will make lovely presents too. I came with my friend Gill and once again, found it very friendly, informative and relaxing.”

Jackie added: “I was incredibly proud of everyone who attended these workshops. Apart from fun, friendship and flowers, the results were fabulous. Well done ladies!”

For details of upcoming workshops visit or call Jackie on 01460 67795 or 07906 259 683.

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