Axminster woman boxes clever with her British blooms

PUBLISHED: 07:03 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:14 21 August 2017

Proud arrangers with their boxes of British flowers - Axminster's Jackie Dadds is third from the right. Picture: JACKIE NICHOLLS

Proud arrangers with their boxes of British flowers - Axminster's Jackie Dadds is third from the right. Picture: JACKIE NICHOLLS

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Flower arrangers support local growers with their latest creations

Flower lovers from Axminster, Lyme Regis and Chard were amongst those attending a workshop to create boxed arrangements using British blooms.

Enthusiastically supporting their local growers, the ladies filled Combe St Nicholas Village Hall with gorgeous summer flowers.

Using them with foliage and other natural materials they learnt the techniques needed to make their designs, under tutor Jackie Nicholls.

Watching a step-by-step demonstration first, they were taught how to condition their flowers to make them last longer, how to wrap them into a box and, finally, how to add the elegant finishing touches.

Louise Boffey from Chaffcombe, Chard, said: “This was such a friendly, relaxed workshop and we all had a few giggles. I made a lovely arrangement which would be perfect not only for my home, but also as a gift.”

“I learnt how to take my time and not to panic, as Jackie was always there to help. Learning in simple steps was great, and my design was definitely fantastic”, commented Sue Cox from Chard, Somerset.

Helen Larkin, from Lyme Regis, said: “This was an idea which looks great - and best of all, I’m confident I can make it again.”

Jackie Dadds, from Axminster, said: “This workshop was great fun. I learnt how to shape my arrangement, then wrap it in cellophane and use a box. I was really pleased with the design I made.”

Award-winning tutor Jackie Nicholls from Ashville Design in Somerset, who runs the workshops, said: “We all had a lot of fun and laughs along the way. After each session, the village hall looked and smelt like a beautiful flower shop.

“I really must congratulate those who came, and thank everyone for supporting our local growers. The end results were absolutely outstanding. A huge ‘well done’ from me.”

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

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