Teaching a Christmas Wreath Workshop with Mary Berry at Harewood House for the BBC

 Photography: BBC

Photography: BBC

We’ve been keeping a secret here at Leafy Couture. It’s one we’ve been wanting to tell you all for weeks and now we’re thrilled to be able to announce that we’ll be working alongside Mary Berry to create beautiful Christmas wreaths for Harewood House and the BBC!

Back in October, the lovely teams at Harewood House and the BBC asked us to be part of a Christmas special and we were over the moon when they revealed the episode’s host would be none other than Mary Berry! Over three days we filmed with Mary and the wonderful staff and volunteers at Harewood house to decorate the stately home for a Christmas party.

We really wanted to bring a Christmas spirit to our wreath making class so we used lots of dark, twinkling holly set against red and white berries. The BBC wanted to use natural flowers and foliage that could be found seasonally so we foraged in Harewood’s Walled Garden with Mary and Head Gardner, Trevor, for herbs, ferns and pinecones to make sure our wreaths were spectacular but traditional.

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We taught our Christmas wreath making class with Mary and six of the home’s long-standing volunteers in the Still Room. A high ceiling’d, pantry-style room traditionally used for making and storing preserves, it’s the perfect room to get together and create in! We used wire frames for the wreaths and provided lots of different green, floral and decorative elements so that each person could bring their own personality and their own thoughts of Harewood at Christmas to their wreath.

As the recommend florist at Harewood we’re familiar with the house and public grounds but it was a real pleasure and a new experience to decorate the house with our wreaths to film a Christmas Party! We had so much fun working with Mary and the BBC / Shine Productions team for this show. If you’d like to book us for a commercial project, please get in touch using our Contact Us page. Or, if you’d like to make your own Christmas wreath, book onto one of our December workshops on our Classes & Courses shop.