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Floral Design Workshops with Jill Rizzo and Anna Jane Kocon - Sunday, August 11th

Join Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo East (Author of The Flower Recipe Book and Branches and Blooms) and Anna Jane Kocon, lead farmer and owner of Little State Flower Company for two floral design workshops - Dahlia Delight and Summer Color Riot: Designing with Local Flowers.

Students can sign up for one or both workshops.  Timing of the workshops has been scheduled to allow for a nearly 2 hour lunch break for students to explore the garden.

Jill Rizzo is the owner of Studio Choo East, founded in 2009 in San Francisco, California. In 2015, she opened a New England branch of the studio focused on creating uniquely wild floral designs for weekly clients, weddings, and workshops. Co-author of The Flower Recipe Book and Branches and Blooms, her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple, Veranda, and Sunset.

Anna Jane Kocon is the founder and owner of Little State Flower Company, a five-acre specialty-cut flower farm based on Aquidneck Island in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Little State focuses on sustainable, environmentally-friendly growing practices in an effort to create local, healthy options for the wedding and event industry in and around Rhode Island.

 

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Dahlia Delight (Sold Out)
Sunday, August 11, 10:15AM-12:15PM

Dahlias are one of the most popular flowers in the garden. Prized for their many color and size variations, it is no surprise that they are a hot commodity among floral designers as well! They can be frustrating to work with though because of bloom weight and fragility. Join Anna Jane Kocon, lead farmer and owner of Little State Flower Company, and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo East (Author of "The Flower Recipe Book" and "Branches and Blooms") for an in-depth presentation and mini-workshop on their experience growing and designing with dahlias.

Anna Jane will start off the workshop with a presentation on the various methods for growing production dahlias at Little State Flower Company. She grows over 5000 dahlia plants in over 60 varieties every year from tuber planting, vegetative propagation, and seed. She will discuss her favorite varieties, harvesting techniques, and post- harvest care of this important and valuable crop.

The second half of the workshop will begin with a slide presentation examining how this versatile flower has been used in design work of all shapes, sizes, and palettes. Jill will demonstrate how to create a large-scale arrangement using dahlias and other seasonal material from the farm. Working with those same design principles students will then create a small sculptural arrangement with a kenzan floral frog. Ingredients will be minimal so the focus and attention can be placed on showcasing the beauty of each bloom. All materials to create a small arrangement to take home will be included.
Single class scheduled on 8/11/2019 at 10:15AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 105.00 ea.

Summer Color Riot: Designing with Local Flowers
Sunday, August 11, 2-4:30PM

It is no secret that the freshest local ingredients help create the tastiest recipes! Just as great chefs keep
in close contact with their favorite farmers…the relationship between florists and flower farmers can be equally symbiotic. Meet Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo East (Author of The Flower Recipe Book and Branches and Blooms) and Anna Jane Kocon, lead farmer and owner of Little State Flower Company. Learn about their collaborative partnership and create a stunning seasonal floral arrangement to take home!

The design portion of the workshop will focus on the gorgeous saturated colors and textures of hot weather flowers such as zinnia, dahlia, lisianthus, and hydrangea. Jill and Anna will start with a show-and-tell on the selected materials; growing and harvesting techniques; flower care; design basics; and their favorite ways to work with bright palettes. The arranging demonstration will focus on using gestural foliage to make a unique structural base, then layering in blooms to create an exciting floral design indicative of August in New England.

This class is open for all skill levels and students should come prepared to push their design aesthetic beyond the norm! All materials to create an arrangement to take home will be included.
Single class scheduled on 8/11/2019 at 2:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.