I often run courses and workshops in the Sussex area to share my passion for all things floral.
Regular workshops are held in Shoreham-by-Sea in the First Floor Offices of Brightsite (16-18 East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5ZE; next door to the Beach House restaurant); please check my blog for details of these. The workshops take place on a Saturday afternoon (1-5pm) and cost £35 including all materials etc. On the next one on Saturday 27 January 2018 we will be learning leaf techniques and incorporating these into a contemporary floral design. Please call me on 07775 024142 to book your place or alternatively email me; firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two further dates for this venue; Saturday 24 February 2018 when we will be creating a contemporary bouquet with a collar and Saturday 24 March 2018 when we will be working on an Easter themed design.
On Tuesday 24 April 2018, a five week evening flower arranging course (7-9pm) commences at Varndean College, Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ, under their Adult Education programme. You need to contact them direct on 01273 546602 to book your place. The fee is £60.00 and you will be given a list of flowers to bring each week (approx. £5). Mechanics and sundries will be available to buy each week too.
I also run regular Saturday workshops again at Varndean College and the next one takes place on Saturday 9 December 2017 when we will be making two festive designs. The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm. Don't forget your packed lunch!! For more details go to www.varndean.ac.uk/adult or call them on 01273 546604.
And another workshop via Varndean, this time at the Bridge Community Centre in Moulsecoomb will take place on Thursday 14 December 2017 (10am to 1pm) when we will make a festive design to hang on your door. Please call them direct on 01273 687053 to book your place.
Following three very successful festive workshops at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston I am delighted to confirm that I will be running an Easter-themed workshop with them next year, as well as one just before Mother's Day. Please contact the hotel direct on 01323 870248 early in the new year to enquire about these, and once dates have been confirmed ensure your book your place(s) quickly as spaces will be limited!
I am also delighted to have been asked to run private workshops at Maycroft Manor Care Home in Patcham starting from January 2016. It goes without saying that these workshops are only open to the residents of course. Same applies to regular workshop at Deerswood Lodge Care Home in Ifield near Crawley, at Somerset Day Centre in Kemptown in Brighton and at BUPA Haven Nursing Centre in Telscombe Cliffs.
And as I am currently training to become a NAFAS Area Demonstrator, I am now also regularly doing demonstrations for flower clubs and care homes to hone my craft further and hopefully pass the exam which is scheduled for 25 January 2018! Please call me on 07775 024142 if you would like to book me for such a demonstration.
Finally, did you know that you can purchase workshop vouchers from me too; for £60.00 you (or your friend, colleague or a family member), will get a one to one 2 hour session making a seasonal design (if you live in the Brighton & Hove area; further afield will cost a wee bit more!). Workshops for hen parties and other events can also be arranged so do give me a call (07775 024142) to discuss matters further and to obtain a quote...
Just to thank you for a great morning doing the summer wreath - I hope I can do it again. I have told my friends about you! Take care, Phyllis.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for doing the Steyning Flower Club workshop. The rose cage was tricky but I think you handled it, and us, very well! See you soon, Yvonne.
Thank you for the hand tied workshop; my flowers are still in full bloom. I have showed it to all my friends. Take care, Phyllis.
Thanks so much for an enjoyable afternoon making a 'horn of plenty' - I learnt so much. With every good wish, Alma.
Great to see you again. I added more foliage at home to my 'horn of plenty' and also made the chrysanths shorter as you suggested - all looks good now! Cu soon, Yvonne.
Thank you Nina for a really lovely afternoon at your Christmas wreath making course; very inspiring and a great group of ladies. I enjoyed it sooooo much :) Thank you Nina. xx, Denise Brown
Thanks again for a great afternoon, we both really enjoyed it and have taken lots of tips and ideas on board. We love your enthusiasm and it's a pleasure to be in the group. Hope to see you again in the near future, Love Kate & Mim
Really enjoyed yesterday making my horizontal table centre. Thanks. Myra Bucher x
Enjoyed the day making a horizontal table centre; thank you for making it so enjoyable. Ann Raynsford
Really enjoyed it, Nina, making a horizontal arrangement. And I used up all the foliage you gave me! Katie Gray ;-)
Nina; I really enjoyed yesterday and the stacked flower pot arrangement looks great in the kitchen window. Love, Myra Bucher xx
Thanks for the lovely lesson yesterday making the stacked flower pot. X Katie Gray
Lovely to meet you - I had a lovely day making my romantic heart. I am hoping to come along to the next one at Shabulous. Catch up soon. Suzy Eames xx
Thank you so much for the first lesson tonight at Varndean. I can't say how happy tonight has made me.... I'm grinning like a Cheshire cat; haha! Leanne Barnard xx
Thank you again for all your help during the wedding candelabra workshop. It was so useful for Natasha and myself as well as being so much fun. Many thanks. Nancy Davey
Great afternoon working with Easter flowers. My creation is now hanging on my door! Sarah Sutherland-Booth
Thank you so much for your guidance and help with the leaf sphere design; once again I am truly grateful. love Leanne xx
Thanks for another wonderful class making the leaf bowl. See you next week. Vicky Pateman xx
Nina, thanks so much for the special lesson on how to make the stacked flowerpot arrangement which I missed because of being on holiday. I also enjoyed making the floral Easter cake arrangement and now have two lovely displays on my dining table! Jill O'Connell
For Mother's Day, I booked my mum a place on your Spring Flower Arranging workshop at Varndean and having just spoken to her, she is over the moon with what she created and the info she learnt from you yesterday. I am so pleased for her. Thank you. Claire Peters on behalf of Jadviga Payne
Thank you for making us all so welcome at your Varndean evening class last night. I really enjoyed making the l-shaped design, and I am looking forward to the next lesson. I am excited about the prospect of learning something new and by the possibility of hopefully creating some interesting and pretty arrangements over the next six weeks. Best wishes, Jan Crouch
I really enjoyed the class last night, and, ultimately, with your assistance I was very pleased with my stacked flower pot arrangement. Thank you so much for your guidance; the tweaking of the rose and flower heads made all the difference. Already thinking about the flowers I will choose for next week's trug design. Very much looking forward to it. Best wishes, Jan Crouch
Just to say thank you for a wonderful U3A course which I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from. you are an inspirational teacher. I am so disappointed to be missing the last class; a wonderful course and so many ideas. Jill O'Connell
Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed the U3A course and my sorrow that you won't be running another one for a while however it is great that you will be training to demonstrate - very well deserved. Love Myra Bucher xx
I feel so lucky to have been on your U3A course - I so enjoyed it. Thank you for your encouragement and do keep me informed of any upcoming events. Wishing you good health and good luck. Love Ann Raynsford x
Just to thank you for a wonderful U3A course which I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from. You are an inspirational teacher.
I am so disappointed to be missing the last class and can only think the date was not in my diary when booking our holiday in Oporto. Thanks again for a wonderful course and so many ideas. Love Jill O'Connell
Hi; That was a nice instructive afternoon making floral jewellery. You are very good at the teaching and demonstrating how to do it too. It was just what I needed after a rather busy week! love Julia Elliott x
Thank you for a great and enjoyable floral jewellery afternoon. It was lovely to see you again. I hope to sign up for your Varndean courses too! The corsage I made went down very well; "Gorgeous", I only hope I can recreate one for the wedding, I am sure I can. Well thanks again and see you soon. Duncan Ward
As always I really enjoyed the Floral Jewellery workshop, I am very pleased to have wired some flowers and leaves and used the Stemtex tape to make a buttonhole. It is great to have the opportunity to learn new skills in flower arranging. Looking at the different pieces I made, I think I like the headdress I made on the comb the best with the individual agapanthus pips mixed with the pink hydrangea flowers and foliage. It lasted another day! Once again very nice and talented people at the workshop. See you in September at Varndean! Luv Jan Crouch xx
Thank you for a lovely afternoon Nina making the bottle bouquet designs - and to the rest of the group. Enjoyed this a lot. Duncan Ward
Thank you for yet another excellent flower arranging workshop today. Absolutely loved it! Magical afternoon, you certainly inspire us all and give us the confidence and encouragement to produce our own individual arrangements. Really lovely group of people, it was nice to see familiar and new faces. All talented people. I am very happy with both my bottle bouquet arrangements, but my favourite is the first one. I managed to get them home safely and have added another rose to the milk bottle arrangement. I will definitely book onto the next one in November. Love Jan Crouch xx
Just wanted to say thanks - I enjoyed being creative with Jan at your raised wreath workshop on Saturday afternoon and meeting your other “trainees”. Hope to see you again at some stage. All the best, Rosemary Myles
It was good to see you on Saturday and once again I loved the raised wreath workshop. Pleased with my wreath and I have made a few additions. I was slow to get going; I think we had so many lovely bits and pieces we could choose to include in the wreath I was rather undecided at the beginning. However with your guidance and encouragement I am very happy with the result. I really enjoy the workshops, the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. Everyone is very keen to get started on their designs and we are all amazed with our creations which are always so very different. Again, a very nice group of people. See you at the next one on December 3rd! Love, Jan Crouch xx
Thank you again for a wonderful workshop in Shoreham on Saturday. I so enjoyed learning the new techniques you showed us; in particular the manipulation of Aspidistra leaves, which proved to be time consuming but produced such unusual and pretty results, transforming our posy pads making them look almost Oriental. Absolutely loved the afternoon and I am very pleased with my arrangement which has been much admired by friends. Can't wait for the next workshop. Love, Jan Crouch xx
Thank you very much for inviting me and driving me to Sussex Trugs yesterday. I felt very honoured to be there. I had a fabulous day and very much enjoyed making the flower arrangement in the white trug. I am very pleased with it. Love the colours and flowers you chose for me, they are perfect. love Jan xx
Hi Nina, Thank you for a fabulous afternoon & for making me feel so welcome. Had a super time making the hand tied bouquets & the gluten free cake was an added bonus! Once you know any further dates let me know & I will book up. Looking forward to seeing you next month. Warmest wishes, Tracy Kittivanakul
Thank you for a lovely workshop; enjoyed the eggstra special design - even with the chick! Put your feet up tonight and have a nice glass of wine, you deserve it. Love, Duncan Ward
So lovely to see you today.
Thank so much for a fun but productive afternoon. Had a wonderful time creating an Easter Eggstravaganza including sheep!!!!!
Looking forward to joining you next month. Warmest wishes, Tracy Kittivanakul
Thanks Nina. I really enjoyed my first floral workshop making our Easter designs. love Melissa Montgomery xx
Thank you so much for yet another wonderful class. I had a very enjoyable time & am delighted with the results. My Dutch Master style arrangement has already been much admired including family in Bangkok & friends in Sussex, New York & Nice. Talk about Floranina worldwide! Looking forward to the next one. Warmest wishes Tracy Kittivanakul
Thank you for a fabulous workshop yesterday making a floral arrangement in the style of a 'Dutch Master' painting. I had a lovely time and with your guidance and encouragement throughout and assistance with the essential final tweaking I am very happy with my arrangement. It was great fun to make such a large arrangement filled with so many flowers, some of the colours clashing, but the result looking OK. Really the enjoyed the afternoon with the very nice ladies in the group. Very much looking forward to the next workshop and to learning some new techniques... Love, Jan Crouch xx
It was lovey to return to your Flower Arranging Course at Varndean on Tuesday evening. As always with your classes there was something new to learn and something interesting to make. You certainly inspired us to produce an arrangement with only a few flowers, buts lots of foliage, each looking very different from one another's; they all looked amazing to me. I am very happy with mine but most of all I just loved being there with everyone quietly making our individual arrangements. Thank you Nina, it was a great evening. I am very much looking forward to next week's class. love, Jan Crouch xx
Thank you again for the course at Varndean. I had such a wonderful time exercising my creative muscles and getting my brain going again! Love, Lydia Matthews x
Thank you for a wonderful session making the parallel line arrangement, loved every moment and learnt so much! A very enjoyable morning... Sue Harris
Had a super Day, exploring some floral craft making a parallel line design... a really fun day with Nina at Floranina, superb expert Tuition and learnt lots! Thank you Nina... and a lovely display to bring home too! The lovely ladies present were all so creative! Kirsty Harding
Thank you for giving us a wonderful workshop at The Bridge last week arranging summer flowers in a parallel design. This was my second attempt at a parallel arrangement under your guidance and I was very happy with the result this time. I am pleased you suggested that I used the phormium leaves to cover the base, it is not my usual style so I was out of my “comfort zone” but I was delighted with the different effect it gave the arrangement. The flowers were simple and it just shows what a lovely arrangement can be made from a few flowers, grasses, seed heads, wild flowers and foliage. It is fascinating as to how varied each of the ladies’s arrangement looked at the end of day. As always I really enjoyed the workshop and meeting the other ladies and thank you for your continued encouragement and advice which is very much appreciated. I look forward to the next flower arranging workshop at The Bridge, a long wait until Christmas! Love Jan Crouch xx
This is rather late Nina, I had meant to let you know immediately after the 5 week Varndean “Flower Arranging Course for All” how much I loved being back on a course with you again following last year’s which was my first introduction to flower arranging. It was lovely to learn some new techniques and re-visit some I had already tried before. Thanks to your tuition and inspiration I am completely hooked on flower arranging and enjoy every opportunity to learn and practice arranging flowers. All the ladies on the course seemed as enthusiastic as me which was lovely. Thank you very much Nina... I am hoping that the planned course for the Autumn at Varndean will come to fruition; in fact I have already enrolled!
Hi Nina, A huge thank you for such an amazing afternoon workshop! I had a brilliant time & loved working on the flower frame. I really appreciate you holding this one to one session & making such an effort. It was fab! Looking forward to September. Enjoy the summer! Love Tracy x
Thoroughly enjoyed Saturday's workshop making the autumnal cake and would like to book for the next one on 21 October too please. With thanks, Lesley Lee
Thank you once again for a wonderful workshop. Time just flies by. Absolutely thrilled with the results. Working on the floral 2 tiered cake was a real treat! Along with a slice of your amazing homemade gluten free cake. One of the best cakes I have ever eaten. Looking forward to joining you next month again...
It was lovely to be flower arranging again with you yesterday at your Autumn themed workshop in Shoreham. I realise now how much I have missed your classes and workshops over the summer so I am delighted to be back in the swing of flower arranging again. I was very pleased with the "Autumn Cake" I made; you had provided some glorious coloured flowers for us, especially the orange/red Atomic roses. As always I am grateful for your guidance and inspiration which is very much appreciated. I thought the arrangements the other ladies made were lovely, each one a little bit different. I am looking forward to October and the next workshop and the evening classes at Varndean too. Love, Jan xx
I absolutely loved making the Parallel Design during Lesson 1 @ Varndean Adult Education. See you next week; can't wait! Cheers, Sue Boswood
Absolutely love the course @ Varndean. Such a nice atmosphere and very enjoyable. Thanks! Sam Boswood
Just to say how lovely it is to be back at Varndean on your Autumn Flower Arranging Course. This is the first time I have attended the course in the Autumn and I am enjoying the range of gorgeous colours and different textures of the flowers and foliage we are using. I really enjoyed making the “vertical” arrangement last evening and am happy with the result which was improved by your guidance and reassurance throughout. We are all fortunate to have such individual attention from you on the course and I look forward to the next class and learning something new! love Jan Crouch xx
Thank you so much for a super afternoon. I have such a fabulous time & can't believe where the time goes to! This week's workshop making the succulent pave design was really interesting & highly motivating. I enjoyed learning new skills & working with different mediums. it was good to have to work outside my comfort zone! Looking forward to seeing you next month. love Tracy PS. Cupcakes were amazing!
A big thank-you for a lovely afternoon; we thoroughly enjoyed your workshop making a succulent pave design. My twin sister Christine was so inspired she is now determined to find a local club/workshop in Bournemouth! Carol Ockenden x
Thank you once again for a wonderful afternoon at your Workshop in Shoreham on Saturday arranging succulent plants with a few of the most beautiful lilac coloured roses in a pave design. It was one of those arrangements which evolved as one progressed, for me somewhat slowly, but I was very happy with the final arrangement which was achieved with your inspirational suggestions to help me with the design. It was good to learn some new techniques and how to use succulent plants in an arrangement. A unique and interesting experience amongst a very nice group of ladies and I am very much looking forward to the next Workshop in November. I have had a few comments questioning whether they were real plants and roses! Most were amazed by it. A huge thank you Nina. Love Jan Crouch x
Good Evening Nina.
Wanted to say a huge thank you for such a wonderful workshop. Absolutely loved creating the garland & using techniques learned earlier in the year alongside new wiring skills. Working with the evergreens was extremely interesting & I enjoyed seeing the garland develop so quickly. The garland looks amazing & am delighted with the results. My best work so far! It was great to meet the Hove ladies & to spend time with you & Jan. Am so disappointed not to be able to join you at the other Christmas workshop but really looking forward to 27th January. Much love, Tracy xxxx
What a lovely way to start the festive season, thank you so much for your guidance in making the wired wreath and for such an enjoyable lunch at Deans Place Hotel. best wishes, Mary Kenner
Thank you so much Nina, thoroughly enjoyed the course and I am very pleased with my festive wired wreath! Look forward to having you back in the Spring. Samantha Mills, Events Manager, Deans Place Hotel x