A Return Trip to Russian River Flower School

McQueens Flower School team enjoyed a second successful trip to Healdsburg California for a sold-out class in collaboration with the wonderful Russian River Flower School. It was a great opportunity to meet a new group of students and spend time with a few familiar faces as returning students from the last visit head back to this highly stimulating school.

Russian River Flower School Dundee Butcher
Russian River Flower School Dundee Butcher

‘McQueens have been an important part of my journey with my own school,’ explains Dundee Butcher, founder of Russian River Flower School. ‘Attending McQueens Flower School in London was inspiring for me when I began planning my own school. Our first collaboration was in September 2017, and the experience was a great success and lots of fun. There was an autumnal vibe to the flowers in late September which was joyous, but spring in Healdsburg is such a great time of year for flowers and there is so much choice. We’ve been looking forward to welcoming McQueens back to California. and the class has attracted lots of interest from all over the USA, with some students flying in from as far as Canada and Bali.’

Meadow style: Cornflower, poppies and seasonal foliage
Meadow style: Cornflower, poppies and seasonal foliage

Overseeing the project once again was  head tutor Guiseppe Puddori and McQueens social media manager Duncan McCabe ‘ Travel has become a fantastic part of my job working at McQueens,’ says Guiseppe, ‘and our team have been fortunate to share McQueens style and philosophy with students in China, Dubai, Italy, Australia and the USA. Healdsburg is a wonderful part of California – the locally-grown flowers and the food are amazing. We have had such a fascinating time in California, welcoming our new students but it has been a great pleasure to see some of last years students back this year, bringing their friends and inspired to learn more The highlight of our course was working onsite at Front Porch Farm and working with their incredible flowers!’

Flower loving friends
Flower-loving friends

‘There is a commonality amongst those of us who are passionate about flowers,’ Duncan continues. ‘I have been lucky enough to travel the world and share our love of flowers with countless students from all over the globe and it’s always fascinating to find how flowers draw people together. We find a common bond with our love of nature and by the end of the course, we are all firm friends. I often find that we tutors learn as much as we teach!’

A highlight of the course was working on site at Front Porch Farm
A highlight of the course was working on site at Front Porch Farm