Spring Refresh: UK Floristry Courses to Book Now

There’s no better way to welcome spring than by signing up for a class, course or workshop at one of the UK’s best floristry schools – so we’ve picked seven of the best. Get ready to get your bloom on.

The days are getting longer, temperatures are rising and all manner of flowers are beginning to flourish. It can only mean one thing: spring has arrived. There's something truly beautiful about snagging a fresh bouquet (even if from your local supermarket), trimming the stems and arranging them in your favourite vase. But, while we've been taking inspiration from some standout gardens recently, our floral artistry could do with some improvement.

If you, too, are keen to transform your home into your very own RHS Chelsea Flower Show this summer, look no further. We've hunted down the UK's freshest floristry retreats for you to attend this spring.

Stop and smell the roses: the UK's best floristry courses to book now

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Stems Wilder

London

Located on Brixton's buzzy Coldharbour Lane, Stems Wilder is preened to Pinterest perfection - one glance at its pastel-coloured facade and you'll know exactly what we're talking about. If a dusty display of pampas grass is the only kind of floral display you have in your lounge, round up your gang and swap the local pub for a hands-on evening at Brixton Studios. During the "Arranging Stems and Getting Wilder" workshop, and after two glasses of wine (both included in the ticket price), you'll be all set to create your own masterpiece bouquet.

Address

Unit 80, 1 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PR

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The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers

Cotswolds

Not to be confused with the academy's well-loved Covent Garden outpost in St Martin's Courtyard (which, FYI, is the only place you should be snagging your weekly bunch), this Cotswolds floristry school is a breath of fresh air. After a decade spent teaching budding students in the capital, mother-and-daughter duo Gillian and Fleur Wheeler swapped the buzz of their open-air London studio for the slower pace of life in their hometown, Chipping Campden. Classes are intimate and laid-back, with workshops focusing on the importance of design, understanding different flowers and foliage and how to condition and care for your blooms.

Address

High St, Chipping Campden GL55 6HB

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British Academy of Floral Art

Devon

It's no secret that we're suckers for a countryside retreat, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that we've tracked down the UK's most rural flower school - the British Academy of Floral Art. Located on the outskirts of Exeter, the property is surrounded by seemingly endless rolling hills and swathes of lush greenery. In keeping with the academy's name, floral skills are treated as an art form here. In fact, you can even dive straight in with a Level Two Floral Design course (CV revamp pending). Can't spare the time to escape the city? There are plenty of online classes that you can tune into, with the next virtual session taking place on 28 March.

Address

3 Dunchideock Barton, Dunchideock, Exeter EX2 9UA

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Green & Gorgeous

Oxford

A garden flooded with beautiful flowers is the result of knowledge - and no, we're not talking about which setting to fix the hose pipe to. Spend an afternoon at the Green & Gorgeous (they're not kidding) garden and you'll be a master of growing your own flowers in no time. We'd strongly advise beginners to book onto one of the growing sessions, where founders Rachel Siegfried and Ashley Pearson will walk you through the cutting process and share their wisdom so that you can successfully nurture your own garden patch. Wedding on the horizon? Check out the floral design class.

Address

Baliffs House, Little Stoke, Wallingford OX10 6AX

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Vanilla Rose

Scotland

Flowers are complicated. Creating a flawless bouquet? It's tiring us out just thinking about it. Enter, Vanilla Rose - a prestigious flower school nestled in the heart of Scotland. Each week, from Monday to Friday, this place swings open its doors for its famous two-hour decorative classes. Hone your skills in producing a simple hand-tied bouquet or go the extra mile and learn how to craft your very own flower crown. For those who'd prefer something a little more intensive, there's a five-hour workshop on offer, where you'll have the chance to create a large-scale floral arrangement.

Address

Feuins Rd, Portincaple, Helensburgh G84 0ET

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The Flower Appreciation Society

London

A Hackney local hero, The Flower Appreciation Society pretty much does what it says on the tin. For 10 years, art graduates Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey have been inviting guests into their bright and airy studio to take part in a range of seasonal workshops. Highlights include a half-day taster class, an afternoon at the in-house cutting garden and an intensive three-day career course, designed for those looking to level-up from basic bouquets to extravagant floral archways. The best bit? All materials and a handful of tasty refreshments are included in the price.

Address

BE Studios, 72A Southgate Rd, London N1 3JF

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Bristol Flower School

Bristol

Bristol's coolest floristry school hosts a series of workshops that promise to well and truly get your creative juices flowing. Venture beyond the safety of designing a basic bouquet and instead learn how to nail a table centrepiece and what the perfect Mother's Day bouquet should look like. And who said wreaths had to be confined to December? Not Bristol Flower School. For an alternative way to bring some seasonal stems into your home, plan a visit around its spring wreath-making session, on 13 March.

Address

The Coach House, Grange Court Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4DP

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