Page 28 - Sandgate Guide December Issue
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Workshops in Floral Design and Flower Arranging
Story Stephanie Madison
PAhoto Bruce Redman
Sandgate florist will host floral design and flower arranging workshops in this month.
Wallflower owner and head florist Renae Handy said the workshops would run for about two hours and more dates may be added depending on demand.
Renae Handy
Attendees will learn floral design and arranging techniques to make a wreath for their wall or door.”
The types of workshops offered during December are dried wreath, fresh wreath, dried arrangement and table centrepiece workshops – in time for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Attendees can rest assured the workshops will be run in accordance with COVID-safe guidelines.
Renae said dried flowers had “taken off” this year. “Dried flowers are our biggest sellers right now but we love mixing dried and fresh flowers together,” she said. “That way you get the smell of fresh and the longevity of dried.”
Wallflower started in the basement of Renae’s parents’ house in 2012, and the Sandgate store opened in October 2015. The business now employs six staff including three trained florists.
All creations aim to be “different”, “creative” and “unique”, and include a variety of nature - not only what is commercially available.
“We showcase nature at weddings and events in hanging chandeliers, arbours, floral walls, hanging florals and floral cylinders,” Renae said. “But we also take the tiny, delicate flowers, dehydrate them and turn them into an art piece.”
COVID-19 led to the 2021 postponement of many scheduled events and weddings but Wallflower, voted third best florist in The Courier Mail’s 2019 Brisbane’s Top 10 Florists, met the challenge with a “flower drive-thru” which proved a “massive hit”.
Renae said sales increased during lockdown as those unable to join loved ones in celebration or grieving sent flowers “more than ever” to connect and “express love and care”.
“[Flowers] bring impact,” she said. “They create a vibe. They bring joy and colour, which help create memories.
“They calm the mind and bring a stillness and peacefulness to a room.”
To find out more about the December workshops call 0434 107 898 or visit

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