sustainable event flowers

Flower arch on church entrance
Florists making a church flower arch
Seasonal flower arch flowers with roses and olives
Marquee wedding tables laden with flowers and fruit

Sustainable wedding and event flowers workshop for florists - Ballywalter Park, Northern Ireland

Date and time: 10am - 4pm Monday 23rd September 2019

We created this one day workshop for florists seeking to learn a more natural and sustainable approach to event floristry. The aim of this class is to encourage experienced florists to use more locally grown, seasonal ingredients, incorporating natural elements and eco-friendly design techniques in smaller scale arrangements as well as larger event installations. This class will also be suitable for flower enthusiasts with some experience looking to create ceremony and party flowers on a larger scale foam-free.

We are all becoming more aware of the environmental impact of non-biodegradable products in modern floristry, and despite the convenience of floral foam and various plastic sundries, the industry is slowly making changes into a more sustainable direction. As our overall aim is to reduce plastic waste, this class will focus on floral designs that capture the essence of sustainable floristry techniques and hydration methods where vessels can be recycled, mechanics can be reused and all materials can be utilised or composted after an event, leaving as small carbon footprint as possible. 

During our workshop we will talk about choosing the best seasonal cut flowers, foliages for sustainable and more natural designs, enhancing them with home grown and natural, foraged ingredients. We will talk about where to best source these in quantity and how to use them with more traditional flowers and foliages. On the day we are aiming to look at different ways of creating eco-friendly floral arrangements we would be asked to supply for an event, covering table centre designs, ceremony flowers and large floral decorations such as arches and freeform installations without the use of floral foam. On the large scale designs we will be working together in the stately grounds of Ballywalter park, where the buildings and walled garden lend themselves to beautiful romantic floral creations and florists get a hands on experience making these popular pieces for future events. 

All materials and tools will be provided, together with a delicious home cooked lunch in the beautiful Ballywalter Park. Weather permitting we will also take a walk and look at the plants, flowers around the walled garden and the grounds of this stunning estate, to gather ideas on using seasonal, naturally grown ingredients for your wedding designs. 


For more information and to book a place please email us your interest or book directly with Ballywalter Park and email

Photo credit: Eva Nemeth