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Floristry - Make a Christmas Swag

Day of week:
Sevenoaks Adult Education Centre, Sevenoaks
Mixed Level
10:00 - 13:00
1 week

Enjoy making a swag for decoration in your home at this festive time – ideal for placing on a Mantlepiece. By the end of the day you should be able to:
• Create a swag using fresh plant materials and which may include artificial materials and festive decoration.
• Demonstrate an understanding of how to use the mechanics necessary to achieve the floral design made.
• Show an understanding of the care and conditioning needs of the plant material used.
• Demonstrate an ability to incorporate design elements within the arrangements.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Jennifer Nye

A passion for working with flowers and foliage led Jenny to a 3 year City and Guilds Course in flower arranging which then led into Floristry. Besides teaching, she runs her own freelance business, judges and competes in floral art competitions and demonstrates floral designs. She has successfully exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show.

View all courses taught by Jennifer Nye here

How will I be taught?

The planned design will be demonstrated by the tutor prior to commencement of the practical session during which assistance will be provided by the tutor on a 1:1 basis as required. Other aspects relating to the style of design and materials used will also be covered. At the end of the session the group will come together to review and assess the completed work.

What do I need to bring with me?

Students need to provide their own plant material i.e. foliages and accessories. Good scissors and secateurs, a notebook and pen, a table covering together with a camera/phone for recording your work.
We will be making a swag of about one metre in length. Besides the twine and the binding wire/s (available at minimal cost), the main component of the design is foliage. Listed below are some suggestions though do bring what is available to you.
Foliage Suggestions: with consideration to a variety of shapes and textures:-
Conifer all varieties and colours, Needled Foliages such as Pine/Blue Spruce, Holly (Ilex) variegated and plain with or without berries, beware some hollies are very prickly! Ivy (Hedera helix) – variegated, plain and/or Berried Tree ivy, Eucalyptus, Viburnam Tinus plain flowered or berried. Preserved foliages
Seasonal Decorative Suggestions: Ribbon. Pine Cones, Nuts, Dried Fruits, Artificial flowers and festive decorations as you think appropriate. Berries fresh and artificial.

What can I do next?

We have a range of courses in Floristry. Please ask at Reception or go to our website at

What do I need to join the course

All are welcome !
Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Getting to your course

Find us

Sevenoaks Adult Education Centre
Hatton House
Bradbourne Road
TN13 3QN

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code SEV/119477/M/LC.