Instructor: Dr. Emily Nekl, Fuggles Flowers
Age Range: 12+
Date/Time: Saturday, May 12th, 10:00am-12:30pm
Location: The Studio at AoA, 500 E. Main St, Elizabeth City
Tuition: $65/centerpiece (participants encouraged to work in adult/child teams, but single participants are also allowed)
Materials Required: N/A
NOT YOUR TYPICAL ARRANGEMENT CLASS!
Timing is everything when working with seasonal materials, and we planned this workshop specifically with Mother’s Day in mind. Work with all locally grown, seasonal Fuggles Flowers to create a gorgeous piece for your mom (or yourself!) Participants will learn a series of nontoxic stabilizing techniques, ensuring that the piece is overly abundant and spectacular.
Flowers are grown from seed to centerpiece at Fuggles Flowers. All grown onsite in Camden, NC, we care for each of our plants in the propagation room through it’s lifecycle in the garden.
We will spend the class building a bountiful seasonal piece of art, using all Fuggles Flowers, and learn a bit about what nature offers us at this time of the year. It’s going to be such fun!
Register by May 7th; seating is limited. By phone at 252-338-6455 or in-person at 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City
Fuggles Flowers is located in Camden, NC, approximately 45 miles south of Norfolk, VA and 50 miles north of the Outer Banks. We produce sustainably-grown fresh cut flowers and foliage and seasonal floral designs of the highest quality for market and events.
Emily Nekl and her yellow Labrador, Mr. Fuggles, established Fuggles Flowers in 2015. Being a first generation farmer, Emily has strived to build her business using sustainable growing methods. She started by selling straight bunches of flowers (sunflowers and zinnias), until she started making market bouquets, and fell in love with spreading the joy that flowers bring to her customers and herself. Very quickly her passion for high quality floral material, along with flower artistry began. She realized she could create a visual story using botany, both in her growing efforts, as well as for her customers, based on flower seasonality. She focuses on both production and specialty crops as her business has developed multiple sales outlets, including event work (wedding), custom designed pieces, market bouquets, and direct sales of bulk flowers to multiple regional designers. Her passion drives the growth of the business to supply locally grown botanical material to more people.
Fuggles Flowers focuses on creating a growing environment that is healthy for our plants, through responsible land stewardship. We recognize the importance of healthy soil biology, and thus use cover cropping techniques and biologic based amendments with sustainable and resilient organic practices in mind. (We love most of our farm insects and want to foster a healthy environment for them, as well as ensuring that our water systems maintain a high level of cleanliness.) We produce a lot of our own compost, including vermi-compost for all of our seedlings. We also focus on integrated pest management to attract beneficial insects and minimize our negative effect on pollinators. Finally, we use mechanical cultivation and biodegradable weed barriers to decrease weed pressure, rather than chemically based herbicides. We just want to be responsible with our land and all of her organisms.