Last Thursday The Winchester Bakery welcomed James Greig from local flower farm Stem & Green, to deliver an autumnal wreath making workshop.

A group of 8 joined us for a cosy evening, which began with hot drinks and pastries before James demonstrated how to create a wreath.

Stem & Green grow beautiful, sustainable and seasonal flowers in a way which is kind to the environment. All the materials for the evenings workshop were grown on the farm, and some additional foliage sourced locally, making the wreaths a true celebration of autumn in England.

The group got stuck in squishing moss onto a willow base before securing with jute string. Then, the creative part; selecting foliage and decorative flowers from a smorgasbord of colours, shapes and flowers to create mini bouquets to attach to the wreath. Everyone opted for different colours and flowers. It was fascinating to see how many different styles could be created from the same materials. Some were green, some were red, and others were a mix of colours.


James demonstrated how the mini bouquets should be laid out in a herringbone style, one facing out then one facing in, to achieve a full looking wreath. Everyone in the group really supported each other, giving an extra pair of eyes on their wreath designs. Once the final bouquet was attached, it was time to decide where to place the string with which to hang the finished wreath!

The whole group were delighted with their finished creations, which now adorn their front doors!

It was a truly creative, cosy and relaxing evening, enjoyed by all, with a huge thank you to James for leading the workshop.