Christmas Centrepiece – Learn Something New
Classes at Preston Bissett Nursery
Ive found a real little gem of a place out in deepest darkest Preston Bissett. In fact, I’m kind of loathe to tell you about it as I want to keep it all to myself!
Sigh. I’m too good to you lot!
This beautiful little village, nestled in the heart of Buckinghamshire is home to the fabulous Preston Bissett Nurseries.
‘So what?’ I hear you cry.
Well, not only do they have an amazing selection of plants and trees, a country shop which you won’t want to leave without buying half of the stock, and a cosy cafe with a great selection of all things yummy…… they also host classes and events for people like you and me to go and get our hands dirty.
In the spirit of Christmas I booked on to their ‘Making a Christmas Centrepiece’ session, and I bloody well loved it!
On arrival we were all greeted with the offer of a hot drink.. tea, coffee, chocolate, even non-alcoholic mulled wine! It was only 10am after all.
Once all the eager participants had assembled we were led down to the purpose built marquee at the back of the nursery where the class was due to take place. There were three massive tables for us all to spread ourselves around, and the middle of each was literally awash with greenery. I won’t even try to name all the different types of foliage there were, but the room was beautifully heady with the scent of pine.
We were given a brief and informal demo about how to get going with our centrepieces, and then we were off! I’d been a bit nervous that it would be quite technical, but instead it was just free-flowing and fun..fun…fun! Especially when the mulled cider came round. We all got a bit more creative after that for some reason.
All the elements for the class were provided, so we didn’t even have to think about bringing any extras (unless we wanted to) or for forking out extra afterwards. There was foliage, ribbons, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, glitter, flowers, berries and candles, even dried chillies.
The organisers couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful, and we could work at our own speed too, which was fantastic. So those who had a bit of experience didn’t have to wait for the stragglers like me!
The only nightmare is knowing when to stop adding decoration to your centrepiece! Once you start to pimp up a bit of oasis it becomes like an addiction, and if you arn’t careful you could end up with the ‘Elton John of Christmas Centrepieces’!
Anyway, my very own flamboyant creation is now sitting proudly on my sideboard, waiting for Christmas (or David Furnish), and I literally can’t wait for my next fix!
Upcoming Events at Preston Bissett Nurseries
Saturday 16th March – A Garden for All Seasons
Saturday 30th March – Spring Gardens
Saturday 13th April – Pests & Disease (in the garden obvs)
Wednesday 17th April – Spring Container Workshop using Hardy Plants
Saturday 27th April – Designing Small Gardens
Thursday 16th May (+ two extra dates) – Container & Hanging Basket Workshops
Saturday 11th May – Right Plant, Right Place
Saturday 18th June – Summer Perennials
There are lots more classes listed on their website, with full details.
Maybe I’ll see you there!
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