Flowers with impact

A return invitation this week from the ladies at St Mary Bredin, Canterbury.  Last time we met we talked about scale and proportion for church flowers and each created a full-sized pedestal arrangement to get a feel for “working up” in terms of impact. It was quite a sight seeing everyone squeezing their arrangements into their cars for the journey home.

This time the flower budget was used to source more interesting flowers.  Consequently, the budget didn’t stretch so far.  A very familiar story for church flower arrangers:  getting value for money, while making an impact.


The challenge therefore was to take five flowers and some filler materials and create an arrangement that could be seen from the back of the church.  Pedestal stands came into their own by lifting the arrangements to shoulder level and twiggy branches gave more height.  The use of limited plant material gave each arrangement a clear, uncluttered outline.


As each pedestal was carried centre stage it soon became apparent that what look great in terms of size on the work bench, was actually rather small when viewed from a distance.  However, a run of all the pedestals across the stage did have impact, when they were viewed as one, long, design rather than individual pieces.


By the end of the morning everyone left happy in the knowledge that their arrangements would fit comfortably into their cars and their living rooms.


My top tips for arranging flowers with impact:

  1. arrange your flowers in situ at your chosen venue so that you get the scale and proportion right;
  2. make the most of your budget by choosing flowers with impact – think about colour, shape or wow factor; and
  3. finally, the tea and cake breaks are not just a gossiping frippery.  They serve a useful purpose in allowing a period of evaluation from the back your venue.

Until next time, happy flowers!

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