A CAREER woman who jumped off the corporate ladder to become a garden designer is hoping to inspire others with green fingers at a course of floristry workshops at Hatton Shopping Village, near Warwick, beginning on Wednesday February 17.
Karen Morgan spent 20 years with the NEC organising major conferences and events before leaving it all behind in 2003 to absorb herself in her passion for flowers.
Having completed various qualifications in garden design, Karen has gone on to be awarded an RHS silver gilt medal, and projects have included the commission of the fire-fighters memorial garden in Alcester.
Her business, Passion for Flowers, has also seen her create flower arrangements for events and weddings.
“I’ve so enjoyed this change in career which has enabled me to do something I love.
“Where possible, I use seasonal flowers from the UK, some from Cornwall and many from my own garden and allotment. I also offer to prune friends’ gardens if they’ve got something especially beautiful! This enables me to work with wonderfully fresh flora which holds its true scent for longer. Some of my recent designs have effectively combined herbs, fruits or even coffee beans to create something striking and individual,” she said.
The first workshop, Spring Inspiration for Home, will take place in the events marquee at Hatton Shopping Village on Wednesday February 17 from 10am until 1pm, followed by a Mother and Daughter Day on March 6 from 10am until 1pm, or from 2pm until 5pm. Various themed workshops - which cost £30 for a half day and £50 for a full day, inclusive of materials - will run throughout March with two country-style wedding workshops also planned for April and May.
“Flowers can create a wonderful welcoming ambience to any home and we’ll have a range of styles for people to choose from which they can adapt to their own tastes. For spring I’d like to work with hyacinths, catkins and primroses, and perhaps some bright daffodils which are so evocative of spring and the coming warmer weather,” said Karen.
* For a list of workshops and booking form, log onto www.hattonworld.com or www.passionforflowers.net or call 01926 843411.