McQueens Announces Course Dates for 2018 with Russian River Flower School

McQueens Flower School is very excited to mark our 20th anniversary celebrations with a return trip to Dundee Butcher’s Russian River Flower School, California for May 2018. We had the wonderful pleasure of teaching a class at one of America’s most innovative flower schools last year, and what a fantastic success and incredible fun that turned out to be! So for 2018, we plan to recreate the magic with a new one-week class in Healdsburg. The five-day course will be a collaborative marriage where the best of McQueens signature designs meets the magnificence of California’s wonderful flora –and sprinkled with a little Southern charm and magic, courtesy of Russian River Flower School founder, the inimitable Dundee Butcher.

Tutor giuseppe sharing McQueens style and philosophy
Tutor Giuseppe sharing McQueens style and philosophy

The theme for this year’s class is celebration, and the course will focus on party and events designs. While we focus on celebrating the 20th anniversary of McQueens Flower School, and the course will also give a respectful nod to another Anglo-American collaboration on the other side of the pond, namely a certain landmark wedding to be held in Windsor in the same month! We plan to mark the occasion with a large, wedding-inspired group project, working on-site at Front Porch Farm to create a wonderful installation bursting with flowers and worthy of such a magnificent celebration! The class will also include a talk from Kaye Heafey of CHCF, the premiere clematis farm in California (and arguably, the whole west coast). She will share her knowledge into this increasingly popular flower, as well as her insights into running a successful flower farm in the USA.

CHCF is THE premiere Clematis farm in California
Clematis from CHCF farm in California.

‘I am so excited by the announcement of our second collaborative class here in Healdsburg for 2018,’ says Russian River Flower School Founder Dundee Butcher. ‘Our class last year exceeded all our expectations and we had the most amazing time with the McQueens team and our students. This year promises to be just as much fun, and May is a glorious time of year for flowers in California. I am particularly excited to be working with Front Porch Farm this year; they are one of my favourite suppliers, and I know their spectacular flowers and the unique farm setting will make a unique and unforgettable experience for our students.’

Dundee butcher, founder of Russian River Flower School
Dundee Butcher, founder of Russian River Flower School

McQueens Celebration: One-Week Course

Cost for five-day course: $2,500
Cost for days booked individually: $500
Date 14 – 18 May 2018
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
With McQueens Celebration: One-Week Course we have created a class that incorporates the highlights of our renowned four-week vocational course. Our five-day course is designed for those with little or no experience and aims to start from the basic fundamentals of contemporary design, and progress to designs suitable for parties and events. The classes will be relaxed and informal and provide an insight into McQueens’ international success.. Students also have the option of booking individual days of the course.
Day One: The Basics – Conditioning, Flower Care and the Hand-Tied Bouquet
With this class we will start with the basics and explore best practices with flower-care, conditioning, buying and how to get the most out of your flowers. We will also focus on the hand-tied technique and gift wrapping solutions with flowers for gifts.
Day Two: Table Design –Celebratory Designs for Parties and Events
This class will focus on the design and creation of design options for dressing the table and flowers for entertaining. Using a range of containers we will look at the best way to create visual impact with flowers.
Day Three: Focal Display – Welcome Guests with Impactful Large-Scale Designs
This class is dedicated to featuring statement designs with genuine ‘wow’ factor. We will work on both classic and contemporary styles of focal display suitable for welcoming guests to a party or event.
Day Four: An Elaborate Table – Tall Table Centre Designs
During this class we will work on large- scale table designs for a more elaborate gathering, using height to create impact for the type of flowers that will be remembered by your guests.
Day Five: Let’s Work Together – A Large-Scale Group Project at Front Porch Farm
Working as a team in the  beautiful location of Front Porch Farm, the group will create a large-scale installation inspired by the royal wedding to provide a stunning celebration backdrop for the end of course celebration, followed by a drinks reception.

Russian River Flower School
105 West North St, Healdsburg CA 95448
707.479.3816

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