Neil Bain Christmas Floristry Demonstration
Neil Bain, British Master Florist and also ex-Hadlow College lecturer hosted a spectacular floral demonstration to a packed lecture theatre, when he returned to the College on Tuesday 20th November.
The atmosphere was exciting and fuelled by Neil’s passion and enthusiasm for floristry and working with nature. Throughout the evening Neil created 10 floral designs ranging from an impressively large hand tied, an oasis wreath, horizontal and vertical designs to a garland and a design in a box lid.
As well as talking through the details, techniques and material used in each design Neil gave examples of where the particular piece could be placed within the house from the porch to the hallway, drinks table, table centre piece, kitchen and finally the living room.
The finale was a triangle Christmas tree shape sculpted from copper chicken wire, in excess of 6ft tall! The main structure had been prepared before the demonstration with silver glittered sticks and a diagonal row of red baubles but, on the evening, Neil added an amaryllis hung upside down in a diagonal line, following the baubles and to finish off he slotted a stem of Ilex berries into each amaryllis stem – a wonderfully modern Christmas tree!
The evening was a very relaxed atmosphere where periodically members of the audience would shout out questions about the design or techniques being used, to which Neil happily answered and this led to friendly discussion and even more advice and tips. Each completed arrangement was met with applause and the flash of cameras.
In preparation for the demonstration students studying the Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Floristry) conditioned all of the flowers. The basic shape and structure of each design had been prepared before the event by our Level 3 Diploma in Floristry students as part of their lessons. All of the flowers had been purchased from the Hadlow College suppliers CJ Love.
At the end of the evening each design was raffled off and 10 lucky people got to take a masterpiece home, which was easier said than done judging by the sheer size of some!