Nestled in the rolling Surrey hills, Escape to the Cutting Garden started out as a small patch of roses, cornflowers, cosmos and peonies. Over time the patch grew and, with it, so did the Escape to the Cutting Garden flower business. They love to include seasonal blooms and, where possible and supplement their designs with cuttings from the garden to create our favourite wild, natural and romantic styles. Escape to the Cutting Garden have created florals for weddings and events at Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle & Berkeley Square among many others.
Hattie’s Guide to Wild Foraging Flowers For Your Wedding Day
First and foremost think seasonally ….
Where possible we like to use our home-grown flowers; we’re all about seasonality. Using flowers in season ensures that you get the best quality for your money. It is possible to source certain flowers out of season, but they won’t look their best or smell as gorgeous; it’s a little like trying to find the sweetest strawberries in mid-winter. Spring is the time for anemones and ranunculus, peonies in abundance from May to June, roses are best in the summer, and Dahlias bloom from late summer into the Autumn. Foraging is also a great way to maximise the seasonal impact. We love to take a walk in the woods to forage tree ivy and beech, elderflower and rowanflowe, and I’m often arriving at the workshop with armfuls of honeysuckle and jasmine picked straight from the garden.
Be eco-friendly by….
Ditching the floral foam! We’re determined to make our work as environmentally friendly as possible so we opt for chicken wire or bio-degradable foam products where possible. We can all do our bit by buying locally, helping to reduce the impact of pollution caused by transporting mass produced flowers from far off countries where huge amounts of water and chemicals are used to mass produce blooms.
Get Tons of Texture by….
Incorporating contrasting materials to really make your designs stand out. We love to vary the foliage we use to introduce as many different textures as possible. And don’t be afraid to experiment, try using opposing textures in one design. We recommend opting for one colour in a bouquet with lots of texture to avoid things getting too ‘busy’. Take advantage of the current trends for dried grasses and dried flowers and choose materials like pampas grasses, bleached ruscus or lavender to incorporate into your wedding flowers.
Use (these) trees for impact by…
Birch trees are fantastic if you really want to bring the outside in. Dot them around a marquee to create an ‘indoor garden’ feel. Olive is best for minimalist elegance and we love bay trees for a stylish yet understated look.
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