August 19, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


This one-day workshop will steep students in the rich history of wild, seasonal, and natural floral design and provide an opportunity to work with flowers grown and foraged from Sanborn Mills Farm. We will explore the gardens and grounds at Sanborn Mills, discuss plants appropriate for cutting and observe their natural habit and shapes. We will take this inspiration and use it to inform design choices for table arrangements. We will discuss basic design principles, color theory, and ways of working with flowers to maximize vase life and capture their essence. This is a class for all levels with no prior experience required. Students will leave this class with a vase arrangement and hand-tied bouquet of their own design along with a newly attuned eye for what makes a vase-worthy flower. All technical skills needed to make a variety of centerpieces will be taught.

Skills and Techniques:

• Basic flower identification
• Cut flower harvesting techniques
• History of naturalistic and seasonal floral design
• Vase mechanics
• Best cutting practices
• Introductory color theory and floral design principals
• Table Arrangement Construction
• Hand-Tied Bouquet Construction Bio

Materials Fee: $75 paid at time of workshop.

Special Tools or Equipment: Students are asked to bring their own garden shears or pruners, all other necessary tools will be provided.

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.