REVIEW: FLOWER CLASS AT MOYSES STEVENS FLORIST SCHOOL, BATTERSEA POWER STATION
This month, I had the great pleasure of attending a Moyses Stevens floristry class at their new flower school within the Battersea Power Station Development! I took Imi Ellen with me, a fellow flower lover who lives locally when she is not living in her phone. We desperately needed a digital detox and what better way to achieve this than to immerse ourselves in nature!
Moyses Stevens are one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious florists, with beautiful flower shops dotted across the city. They’ve been successfully crafting cutting edge floral designs since 1876. I most frequently visit the shop on Pavilion Road when I am trying to butter someone up with peonies or apologise with rananculus - never disappointed with the results. Moyses Stevens has a Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and is frequently involved with high end luxury brands. If the stems are good enough for the royals, they’re good enough for me!
The new Florist School offers a range of classes in a bright and breezy, modern, open-plan space with a flower shop at the front. Imi and I were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and the dreamiest waft of spring English roses on arrival - trés Marie-Antoinette (and as greetings go, very hard to beat). The school is modern in design, sporting industrial chic features alongside a sea of delicate flowers and natural foliage: a beautiful juxtaposition.
Gemma Kavanagh, a long term floristry veteran at Moyses Stevens, was to be our flower fairy for the day, supplying us with endless floristry facts and tips, laughs and inspiration. She really knows what she’s doing and is super fast at assembling the perfect bouquet, which would be slightly intimidating to a flower rookie if she wasn’t so loveable!
We started off by observing the expert at work after hearing the impressive backstory of Moyses Stevens. Gemma had selected some beautiful stems to work with, and she talked us through each individual plant as she prepped them for the bouquet. When the flowers were good to go, she taught us the famous Moyses Stevens technique, layering stems and foliage in her hand with a clever twist of of the wrist and a steady grip. When it was my turn to compose a bouquet, I was shocked at how heavy the flowers become, or maybe my wrists are weak from too much…shopping?
Imi and I selected our blooms from big flower buckets bursting with colour and fragrance as Gemma playfully tested our plant knowledge. Considering that my grandmother owns a flower shop and Mr Musing’s mum is a Landscape Gardener, I was diabolical at naming individual flowers. I hadn’t heard of Phlox or Stocks and assumed they were made up names, rhyming them into a tipsy flower song (they are real after all, I Googled it). I’m going straight to Daunt Books for a flower encyclopedia.
After much unnecessary apprehension, embracing nature and giggling throughout, we had successfully spend a decent amount of time without phones, we had each constructed a giant bouquet and were feeling very proud of ourselves. Gemma showed us how to do the fancy wrapping thing and the pouring-water-in-the top-without-spilling-it thing. At this point, we felt a lot less imposter and a lot more I-want-a-new-floristry-career-immediately.
We had completed the Taster Hand Tied Bouquets class, learning the basics of floristry, studying the fundamentals of floral composition and learning tips and tricks from an expert. We were given creative freedom throughout, encouraged to compose our bouquets freely and instinctively as we experimented with colours and textures, forming a design style of our own. We couldn’t wait to use our new found skills at home, it’s a great knowledge base to exercise for friends or at home. Dinner parties will never feature awkward roses shoved in a wine bottle again.
The Moyses Stevens Florist School offers:
Free floristry consultations for weddings and events
24/7 orders and delivery service
Same day delivery in London (on orders taken by 6pm) or next day deliveries in the UK (on orders taken by 5pm)
Bespoke floral arrangements, delivered daily to corporate clients
Full internal and external planting services
You’d be hard pushed to find an adult human in London who won’t require at least one of these services at this exact moment. All ages and abilities are welcome and the school can take both small and large groups. Classes are fun and informal and you learn at your own individual pace. Imi and I can thoroughly recommend visiting as a pair of friends, although we agree that the flower class would make for a beautiful hen party or birthday treat.
Floral Crowns, £149
Taster Hand Tied Bouquets, £135
Team Building, £135
Seasonal Wreath, £150
Seasonal Table Arrangements, £135
Christmas Wreath, £150
To book (you really need to), please visit www.moysesflowers.co.uk and click on the flower school tab. The flower school is located in Unit 13, Circus Village West on Circus Road West, London SW11 8EZ.
Thank you Gemma for your patience, knowledge, wit and excellent company. We love you and we can’t wait to return again!