Step back in time in the farmhouse and create your very own kissing bough this Christmas.
In the 19th Century homes would be decorated with natural foliage and a kissing bough would be formed using holly, ivy rosemary and most importantly mistletoe.
This year we are re-visiting this tradition and will offer workshops beside an open fire, to include everything you need in order to create your very own bough to place in your home.
Wrap up warm and gather foliage from the garden or take advantage of our conditioned greenery.
Mistletoe – a bough will not be complete without this evergreen. Legend tell us that kissing under the plant will increase fertility.
Holly – associated with winter celebrations even before Christianity. It’s evergreen leaves were thought to be a symbol of eternal life.
Ivy – think of Christmas and you will no doubt have a memory of the carol ‘The Holly and The Ivy’. The two evergreens are usually found growing closely together. Ivy represents endurance, dependence and faithfulness.
Rosemary – adding a gentle but distinctive fragrance, this hardy perennial herb is associated with remembrance and love.
Our Christmas wreath making course is the perfect way to spend a little time relaxing and learning a new skill before the lead up to the ‘big day’. Join a group event or gather a six of your friends together for a tailored workshop on a date to suit you all.
The class is informative but fun and guests are invited to arrive from 11.00am for freshly ground coffee and shortbread warm from the AGA.
We will settle in front of the roaring log fire and Lisa will demonstrate the stages of making a beautiful kissing bough to hang in your hall or doorway,offering a traditional welcome to your festive guests.
You will have ample time to follow every step and enjoy the process of assembling a natural decoration.
Everything you will need to make your fresh foliage garland will be provided, but in addition you are more than welcome to bring your wellingtons and a warm coat to explore our gardens and select additional evergreens for your own truly unique creation. That is if you can be coaxed to leave the warmth of the AGA and the open fire!
There will be ample cafietiere coffee and Dorset tea, lots of fun and chat, along with cheese scones (or gluten free orange and almond cake) throughout the workshop.
What our festive wreath workshop guests said last year –
‘Thank you again for a truly lovely experience at your house on Saturday.’ Sarah Bradshaw from Dorset
‘A wonderful morning spent in this lovely farmhouse at a Christmas Wreath workshop. Lisa is a super teacher and on hand to help with any tricky bits! Great feeling to have made my very own Wreath and one, to quote another participant, “fit for the front door, not just the back!’ Janet Butler from Cranborne
‘Had a fabulous morning making my wreath. I could believe I could make anything that looked accomplished but with Lisa’s help, my wreath has hung on our front door with pride for the whole of the festive season.’ Charlotte Richardson from Winchester