Making it Rain: Floral Workshops with Helena Willcocks

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Have we told you lately how much we love Helena the Allotment Florist?

For the non affiliated, she is a multifaceted Wood Green based bespoke florist with an eye for detail and a passion for ethical practice.

Having studied floristry at the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, Helena worked in various florists around London before deciding to venture out on her own.

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Whilst working she had seen a worrying amount of flower deliveries flown in from all over the world, coated in preservative chemicals complete with a healthy carbon footprint.

Her company, The Allotment Florist is a fresh alternative to these more unethical attitudes, with an organic approach to floristry where she grows as many flowers as possible in her own allotment.

I absolutely love growing flowers, arranging them and just being on my plot surrounded by them.

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What’s next? As Helena helpfully points out, wedding season is almost upon us so she has been hard at work digging away to get things growing for throwable bouquets and instagrammable centrepieces a plenty.

Unfortunately there has been a distinct lack of rain so far this year. Helena has therefore been spotted performing a rare and intricate rain dance around her plot, singing like a cat and invoking a Wood Green centred downpour of epic proportions. Fingers crossed she says, for the sake of all the young seedlings needing a good start in life. #makeitrain

If you’re looking to organise pre wedding festivities, Helena also runs private hen parties, which can be held at whichever venue takes your fancy – you can go to her or she will more than happily come to you and your band of merry women. 

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However! If you’re not getting married any time soon, you don’t need to get all bitter Betty about it. For all the single pringles / happy-with-things-as-they-are-thanks, Helena has set some new dates for upcoming workshops that have no nuptial heavy premise. If you just feel the need to get creative and learn a new skill you could try one or all of the following:

Jam Jar Floral Workshop

16th May 7pm-9pm

Learn how to condition and prepare your blooms as well as how to use colour, texture and shape at a jam jar workshop. You will be provided with a beautiful selection of seasonal flowers as well as all other materials to fill your jar. This is a great workshop for beginners to learn the basic techniques you need to make the most of your flowers at home. Get more details and book here.

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Hand Tied Floral Workshop

25th May 7pm – 9pm

Come and learn how to make your very own floral bouquet. You will be provided with a beautiful selection of seasonal blooms as well as all other materials needed.

Helena will teach you how to master the technique of spiralling stems, gift wrapping and aqua packing. You will then go away with your very own masterpiece as well as the new found confidence to make your own at home. 

P.S. I’ve heard on the grapevine that our Helena likes to provide a few homemade treats for true bouquet making energy. Watch out for what delights she may have brought along. Get more details and book here.

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Terrarium Workshop

30th May 7pm – 9pm

Find out how to design, plant and sustain your very own beautiful terrarium. You will be provided with everything from the vessel to the succulents, showing you the steps to create your own miniature garden. They make a lovely addition to your home or to give to someone special as a gift. At the end of the workshop, you will leave full of tea and biscuits, and clutching your own unique work of art. 

More details and book here.

Find out about the time we did a terrarium workshop or read about how we made festive wreaths last year. 

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