Workshops and Events


Perfecting and Sharing the ART of Individual Flair

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These workshops/classes are designed to create the perfect balance between introducing the participants to the technical aspects involved whilst still allowing individual flair and creativity to shine. Gwenythe is all about sharing classic floristry techniques without being constrained by them. Innovation, experimentation and creativity are the bywords. Which means that all will leave with unique and personalized arrangements and a most wonderful sense of achievement.
In all of these workshops and classes we will use resources of the finest quality to create stylish and striking floral designs. Venues will be announced and early reservation is suggested. Participants can bring interesting driftwood,twigs/bittersweet or shells to include in any design. Shells need to have one small hole punch. Moss should be brought each Workshop to be integrated into the design.

All 2019 Classes and Workshops will be announced in the Wind along with venues and pricing. All participants at each workshop are expected to bring sharp shears and a knife, an apron and water and a basket of fresh moss. A glue gun and glue sticks if you have them and any other items requested in the Workshop description.  All other materials are provided at an extra charge.  All participants will be asked to sign a workshop disclaimer. Call 207-863-2338 to reserve your spot.  Limited space for each class or workshop.

Pictured Below a portion of a Vinalhaven Treasure wreath for the winter months.

A Vinalhaven treasure Wreath of goodies collected from the shoreline

2019 Schedules  

  exact dates and times to be announced.

Feb/March 2019: 3 Sessions. The basics of Floral Design. Gwenythe is all about sharing classic floristry techniques without being constrained by them. Innovation, experimentation and creativity are the bywords. Each participant will bring home an arrangement. Classes are for three hours each and will cover choosing and cutting flowers, naturalism and encouraging the development of individual style. She notes that texture and movement are central to successful flower arranging, as every flower is different and it is important to pay attention to its individual shape. A binder is suggested to store your notes and handouts.

April: Spring Wreath, Traditional or Non-Traditional

These wreaths will last through  the summer outside or for a month or more inside. Greens and plants will be provided or you may bring your own plant clippings. For Au Naturale touches do bring a selection of shells, Island treasures, dried pine cone rosettes and more. Grapevine wreaths. dried materials, plants,  and other supplies available for an extra charge. But it is highly suggested you bring your own moss, wire, glue gun if you have one, and brown twine. We will be using grape vine wreaths for our base. Also to have on hand bring a beautiful and abundant selection of seasonal foliage, berries and natural ingredients.  You will learn all the techniques behind wreath making and create your very own masterpiece from scratch to take home and enjoy for spring and summer.

Reminder a packaged lunch is advised as well as a large basket of moss that you have collected and the aforementioned items. Added incentive:  You will be shown how to Create a festive Maypole Chandelier.  Forms available at extra charge to make at home or an additional workshop will be added  if enough attendees sign up.  A live flower Chandelier shown below is from Tulipina to give you an idea of the construct.

Call with questions at 207-863-2338 or e-mail

May: A forgotten tradition of neighborly giving. May baskets or Hand Tied nosegays featuring roses and a medley of bright blooms.

June: On the Wild Side… Garden Swags taking advantage of the Islands flora and fauna with colorful succulent inserts from a local grower. To use over an outside door, as a live centerpiece or on a mantel.

July: Oh shell me! Bring home a driftwood bouquet using succulents, shells and moss.

August: Bridal wreaths and fairy nosegays.

September: A circle is forever! Make your own fall wreath using locally sourced materials and dried Hydrangeas.

Late November: Get a head start on Christmas. Spruce/pine cones and floral accents to grace an entryway. Vinalhaven treasure wreaths and teardrop swags.

December : Fresh rose Centerpieces.

A Facsimile of what you will be creating with a candle/s in the center if you prefer and with mixed Holiday greens.  Call with questions at 207-863-2338 or e-mail

All photos by Gwenythe b. Harvey unless otherwise credited.

       Piccalily Circus, Vinalhaven Maine 207-863-2338