On a crisp December day I joined Louise and Jane-Marie on one of the Crafty Gardeners wreath making workshops. First  we gathered together all necessities and loaded up the car with fresh foliage then set off to Ashton court estate. 

Ashton Court (in Long Ashton) is a country park with a stretch of 850 acres. Embedded between the fields and trees is a vast country mansion in which the workshop took place. This alluring location was an excellent choice to host this Christmas wreath workshop. It allowed the customers to enjoy the serene location and scenery as well as the activity at hand.

 

The workshop began with a complimentary mince pie to get in the festive spirit, then it was down to work. Louise led the way demonstrating how to craft a decorus wreath whilst Jane Marie and I pottered in the background taking photographs and styling of a pre made up wreath. 

 

Each client had their own table in the spacious hall with an array of foliage at their fingertips. I loved  the calm and relaxed atmosphere once everyone eased into their work and it wasn’t long before everyone was mingling and glee dispersed around the room. 

The ambience of the building itself, with the grand windows and high wooden ceilings helped create this therapeutic space which went hand in hand with the action of assembling the wreath, overall making the day a mindful and thoroughly enjoyable one for everyone.

Although my purpose of being at the venue was not directly for the wreath workshop, but instead was for photographing a wreath already created by Louise and Jane-Marie, I also captured a few shots of the workshop in full swing. Within these photographs you can see the spacious layout and tranquil atmosphere with the clients immersed in their wreath making.