Wreath Making



North Parade Christmas Evening Market  Thursday 13th December

4.00 pm – 10.00 pm

South Oxford Farmers Market Sunday 16th December

9.30 -1.00

I’ve been making wreaths for about 9 years now.  I make them with whatever I have available in the garden and am able to forage (responsibly) nearby. It’s  interesting to see how my style has changed since I first started.

A lot of the wreaths I make are with dried flowers from the garden – hydrangeas, Physalis (Chinese Lanterns), Lunaria (Honesty), but I also use green material, and for a few years I made green wreaths with variegated ivy and holly decorated with berries and foraged cones.


Recently I’ve grown interested in the different colours and textures of foliages that can be foraged probably due to the fashion for bigger and simpler wreaths (as well as the twiggier ones).



I am running my second wreath making workshop at Barracks Lane Community Garden this year http://www.barrackslanegarden.org.uk and looking forward to being warm and cosy in the cabin with the new wood burning stove. I’m plotting warm drinks we could have to go with the mince pies.

We’ll be looking at the basic principles of wreath making that can be transferred to many different styles. The base of the wreath and all materials are compostable with the exception of a few pieces of wire and the end result will be a long lasting, individual item for your door or home.

Here are a few that I have made using a variety of materials.








If you’d like to learn how to make your own wreath with natural materials that will last come along to Barracks Lane Garden on Sunday 9th December 2pm -4pm for a relaxed afternoon of wreath making  and warming refreshments. The cost is £25.

Email hilarysquireflowers@googlemail.com to reserve a place or make contact here. http://www.barrackslanegarden.org.uk for venue information







MAGDALEN CHRISTMAS MARKET         24th November 9.30-3.00

WREATH MAKING Workshop Sunday 9th December 2pm -4pm  Barracks Lane Garden



A whistle stop tour of this Summer.

In mid-summer the car was full of bouquets and posies for the Magdalen Market, even as front seat passengers.


But it was so hot that the candles had melted when I unpacked them at the market in June! (I swear I didn’t stage this.)


And  Sid hated the heat and spent much of the time under the sofa or on the quarry tiles or, in fact, on any cool surface.


This year we started a new stall at the Magdalen on Sundays – the Sunday Flower stall or Sunday Bunch – where I sell bouquets, posies and, more recently, herbs too.



Additionally, I have made flowers for various occasions and rites of passage this year.  My neighbour, Cyril, died in August at the grand age of 90.  He gardened until the very end of his life and had plants ready to pass on to me each season. His garden was bright and bold so his farewell flowers just had to be in keeping. (The gladioli were given to me by him.)


Some people made new memories this year by getting married and these photos are  of some of the  flowers for a wedding reception.


And finally, these dahlias were for the Bouquet Making workshop at Barracks Lane in September. Temperatures had just started to drop then and there were some days when we had rain.



Many people say that gardening itself is about memories – the sight of violets in the hedgerow, the smell of sweet peas, our grandmother’s garden and plants in our own childhood garden. In my garden there are many reminders of the latter and at the moment the hydrangeas in bloom grow from a cutting given me by  my mum. (Spider just visiting.)


I’ll be using these and other fresh and dried flowers for the Magdalen Market and Sunday Bunch this weekend – Saturday 6th October  9.30 -3 and Sunday 7th October 10-1.

Hope you can make it!



Workshops at Barracks Lane Community Garden

NEXT WORKSHOP  Saturday 22nd September 2018 11-1


£25 to make a bouquet to take away.  Free to watch.

Message here for details and to secure a place or hilarysquireflowers@googlemail.com

*SUNDAY FLOWER STALL  1st Sunday of every month MAGDALEN ARMS  10-1

*MAGDALEN FLEA MARKET MAGDALEN ARMS 1st Saturday of every month 9.30 – 3 

Flowers and vintage tableware. Message to pre-order flowers.

Bouquet making to celebrate British Flowers Week and Oxford Green Week.

Well, WHAT a lovely group of people came to the bouquet-making yesterday!  I really do love being at the garden and so enjoyed seeing what everyone made. There are more photos of the workshop on the Barracks Lane Garden Facebook page and my mine Hilary Squire Flowers. Thank you all for coming!

Jackie and her bouquet.

If you missed the workshop yesterday we have another coming soon at the garden!

On 22nd September there will be a more in-depth workshop on bouquet- making using all the wonderful Autumnal flowers in the garden – dahlias, zinnias, grasses, seed heads.  If you like colour this is for you! Additionally we will look at tying bouquets using natural, hand-died ribbons.

Louisa feeling shy !
Look at this one! And so quick, Louisa!
Quiet concentration!







A few of my favourite shots taken by Jaqui Mansfield who works at the garden and was such a help yesterday. More at Barracks Lane Facebook page.


British Flowers Week and Oxford Green Week continue and to celebrate further I have the Growing Cut Flowers in the City workshop  this coming Thursday 21st June 6-8 pm.

If you are interested in growing just the smallest amount of flowers for cutting do come along.  We will look at how to get started and what to grow.  The cost is £40 and there will be notes of what we cover to take away. If you scroll down on the blog here you will find more information.  Also, at http://www.barrackslanegarden.org  as well as venue information.


Exactly a year ago!

Beautiful Anna with her bouquet last year.
Central flower bed.


Roses in the garden
More roses. Cascading over the fence.
Lovely Johanna with her bouquet.
Lovely Beth who took time from volunteering in the garden to make this posy!

The next bouquet making workshop is Saturday 16th June (THIS Saturday) 11-1 to celebrate both Oxford Green Week and British Flower Week.

A FREE event.  Email hilarysquireflowers@googlemail.com to secure a place or just turn up to watch.

Hope to see you!



Today the first British Flowers arrived at RHS Chelsea for the Flowers From the Farm exhibit. Flower growers from all over the UK, who belong to this group, have been anxiously watching to see if their blooms will be ready. The weather has been just a touch tricky this Spring so it has been more than a bit tense – some are said to have been no longer talking to the plants but swearing at them.

This is the first time that FFtF have been invited to exhibit at Chelsea and  is a considerable achievement for the group dedicated to developing a revived British Flower industry to replace the environmentally damaging importing of flowers.


I have been a member of FFtF for a few years and have joined in the annual celebration of British Flowers Week  which follows Chelsea and is celebrated in June.

Beautiful Anna with her bouquet last year.

This year British Flowers Week begins on Saturday 16th June and, once again this year I am holding a bouquet-making workshop at the very wonderful Barracks Lane Community Garden from 11.00 – 1.00.  The workshop is FREE but donations would be welcome if you would like to make a bouquet.

Oxford Green Week also begins on 16th June until 24th June and there are lots of activities to look out for! Do have a look at http://www.oxfordgreenweek.org.uk


If you think you would be interested in finding out more about growing cut flowers why not come to the workshop “Grow your Own Cut Flowers in the City” on Thursday 21st June from 6.00 – 8.00 pm at Barracks Lane Garden?

We will look at planning the growing area 2 what to grow 3 how to have flowers throughout the year and 4 ideas for simple arrangements.  The focus for growing will be on dahlias this  session and each participant will have a dahlia to take home.

The cost is £40 and payment by 11th June secures a place.

Stall at East Oxford Famers’ Market


Hope you can make it to one of these events and join in the celebration of British Flowers. And if you’re going to Chelsea look out for the Flowers From the Farm exhibit and wish them good luck!

Bouquet Making at Barracks Lane Community Garden – Saturday 16th June 11.00 – 1.00  FREE           Contact hilarysquireflowers@googlemail.com

Oxford Green Week – Saturday 16th June – 24th June www. oxfordgreenweek.org.uk

Growing Cut Flowers in the City – Thursday 21st June 6.00 – 8.00 pm £40   Contact hilarysquireflowers@googlemail.com


OH, ONE MORE THING,  I’m at Magdalen Flea Market, Magdalen Arms on Saturday 2nd June 2018 with flowers and bric a brac.  Hope you can make it!



Growing flowers

Stall at East Oxford Famers’ Market


The workshop Growing Cut Flowers in the City – An Introduction to growing cut flowers at Barracks Lane Community Garden  is happening on 12th April this year. We will look at planning the growing area, what to grow, how to have flowers throughout the year and ideas for arrangements. Further to last year’s workshop we will focus more closely on sowing seeds, and participants will take home cut – flower seeds and seedlings for their garden.

The cost is £45Book before the end of Saturday 7th April and get a 20% discount!

If you are interested do get in touch by email at hilarysquireflowers@googlemail.com 

For information on the venue www.barrackslanegarden.org.uk/news_events.php

It is so good to be able to post a photo or two of some of the flowers we can look forward to!




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NEXT MARKET 28th April NATUREFEST at Wolvercote Primary School 11-4 PM  Flowers and vintage tableware.

5th May MAGDALEN FLEA MARKET at the MAGDALEN ARMS 9.30 – 3 Flowers and vintage tableware.




Spring 2018


Not long before the ground is bursting with new growth.

Snowdrops herald the new season and already muscari, primula and narcissus, as well as other early Spring flowers, are in bloom or bud.

Soon we’ll be making Spring posies and bouquets as well as arrangements for the home and special events.

And you may well see me at an Oxford market or two.

NEXT MARKET  3rd March Magdalen Flea Market at the Magdalen Arms OX4


Autumn 2017: Planning for Winter


I’m gathering things together for the next workshop at Barracks Lane Garden which is “Festive Arrangements from the Garden”on Thursday 7th December 6.30 – 8.30 pm

The workshop is fully hands-on and we will make and decorate a wreath using things from the garden and the hedgerow, both fresh and dried. If there is something you would really like to use please do bring it along too! Tea/coffee and cakes included.

The cost is £25 and payment by the end of November will secure a place.

If you would like further information please get in touch.

I do hope you can come.


A lot has happened since I wrote last, including the workshop at the wonderful Barracks Lane Community garden which was so lovely. There are no photos beyond those on Facebook and Instagram (Hilary Squire) as I was so busy talking I didn’t even think about the camera, let alone reach for it!

I delivered flowers for a wonderful customer’s birthday one weekend and it stands out in my memory as I was also going to a big birthday celebration on the same day.

The weather was perfect, sit-outside weather.

Cafe au Lait and Labyrinth dahlias are N’s favourites so, as well as using them in different arrangements, I floated some in glass dishes alongside posies for the table.




IMG_1100Photo: N B

IMG_4101 copyPhoto: N B

And what a garden! Those hydrangea!

After delivering I hot-footed to the rail station and headed South to my friend’s celebration.

A great week-end.





Growing Cut Flowers in the City


Wednesday 6th September 2017     6.30 – 8.30 pm

I am holding this workshop at Barracks Lane Community Garden. The cost is £35 .

We will look at planning the growing area, what to grow, how to have flowers and foliage throughout the year and ideas for arrangements.

To secure a place please get in touch as soon as you can as places are now filling up.

For more information  http://www.barrackslanegarden.org.uk/news_events.php