Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Peony Class At The London Plane


Here we are smack in the middle of peony season, and lucky me, I got to attend a peony arranging class last night at The London Plane. Lead by Katherine Anderson and Brita Fisher from Marigold and Mint and The London Plane, the class focused on what to pair with these lovely blooms and how to create arrangements with texture and depth that make the most of the fantastic flowers.


The London Plane is a Seattle gem, located in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood and the brainchild of the brilliant team behind Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, bar Sajor, and Marigold & Mint. A lovely spot to pop in for a coffee and croissant, a bit of lunch, or to pick up fresh baked bread or a few things for your pantry.


You can even take home fresh flowers and whimsical and romantic floral arrangements, or order online for delivery in the Seattle area.


Classes range from what to do with a whole salmon, to wine and food parings, and, of course, floral arrangements.


In July, a blossoms and berries class is on offer, which sounds like a lovely reason to visit Seattle, no?


My camera battery conked out before I could take one shot, but hopefully the iPhone photos will be good enough to share if you'd like to see more - it really was peony paradise!

Have you ever taken a flower arranging class before? Any tips you learned that you would share?

XO

Photos from The London Plane and seattle.eater.com 

23 comments:

  1. How fun and what a beautiful spot!! I need to get to Seattle:) I LOVE peonies and am supposed to be going to a peony farm this weekend to buy flowers for my dinner (not too close so am not sure if time will allow) but is there any more beautiful flower? I don't think so.....enjoy your day!

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    1. Yes, Tina, you need to come to Seattle! How wonderful it would be to have you visit. Hope you make it to the peony farm this weekend, that sounds like great fun. And I totally agree, there isn't a more beautiful flower - I've been painting them all week, too. XOXO

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  2. Yes, I took a flower arranging class last year and loved it. Creating and learning new things is so exciting!
    We are off to the MET today with my intern student and my grand nephew. I cannot wait!
    pve

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    1. I love to learn new things, too, Patricia. Wish I was off to the Met with you, your student and grand nephew. Have so much fun! XOXO

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  3. What a lovely idea!!! Yes, please! My peonies are just about done, but they had a fabulous show this season. They bloomed for two weeks which is rare because we always get thunderstorms that ruin the flowers. I'd love to take a peony class :)

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    1. Loi, I'm sure your peonies were just stunning! Glad they had a long season. We didn't get ours into the ground in time, so are planning to plant for next year. Hopefully London Plane will offer this class again come peony season next year - perhaps you should visit! XO

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  4. suddenly i long to be in seattle! am so intrigued with london plane and all their offerings, just signed up on their mailing list. thank you for the intro jeanne
    debra

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    1. Hi Debra! I wish you could come visit Seattle, we've had such a lovely late spring - although rain is in the forecast. At least we get to send a little Seattle your way via the London Plane mail list! It really is a wonderful spot. XOXO

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  5. Soo envious!! What a great place I love that and I LOVE flowers so I would totally enjoy an evening or day there, I think I need to take a trip to Seattle soon!

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    1. Hi Karolyn! Yes, please come to Seattle, we would have lunch at London Plane and then a little tour of some of my favorite spots. XOXO

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  6. i am putting the london plane on my list for my someday visit to seattle! continue to take me to all yer haunts, miss lovely. thanks for your gracious spirit always always lifting and gently nurturing blogland with your images, creativity, commentary, and love.

    michele

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    1. Michele, I send the same compliments back your way - your posts never fail to lift my spirits. Yes, a visit to Seattle for you is a must, I think (maybe around a Betsy Eby show?). I'll keep a list going for you! XOXO

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  7. What fun Jeanne! I'm going to look into taking a class. There are so many wonderful cooking, photography, and floral design classes available that I've been trying to get to. I end up tired at the end of my work day and don't often go out. I'd like to get to the class in July ~ looks like so much fun! xxL (can't believe your battery died .. shoot!)

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    1. Hi Leslie, I'm thinking about signing up for the July class, too, because I had so much fun last night. It would be lovely to see you there. I was so tired yesterday after driving to Tacoma and back to help my parents and dragged my feet a little getting down to Pioneer Square but it was so worth it and totally energized me for the rest of the week! XOXO

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  8. I have thrown birthday parties in a FLORIST shop!We go in at night with classical music playing and a decant dessert and champagne of course!The Florist demonstrates and then we are set FREE to pick and pluck and do as we please!Each guest gets to take home their vase!What is AMAZING is to line the vases up and you can tell which lady made which flower arrangement!It really shows!!A beautiful way to celebrate!

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  9. I can't imagine a more perfect evening...good friends, wine and PEONIES - my favorite flower! Thanks for sharing this, Jeanne! xoxo

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  10. Jeanne I have not and think it would be so much fun. I can see what a good time you had!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  11. Hello Jeanne
    How lovely that you dedicate your post to the love of peonies, by far one of my/our favourite flowers.. I feel so far away from you my dear, Im all the way in England.
    Anyway, peonies bring us together, I would love any tips to make my newer ones flower better!!

    I have attended a lot of flower arranging classes, and dems as a member of my flower club...eagerly encouraged for many years by two very creative grandmothers.
    I was very lucky, and absolutely loved it, and nowadays I do some freelance floristry for weddings.. it is such a lovely world to be in..and your evening sounds delightful
    Sending love, happy flower arranging xx

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  12. Thank you for sharing your beauty here for us to be inspired by.
    What grace and beauty.

    Xx
    Dore

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  13. One holiday season, we sprung for a flower arranging class for all of our staff and they so appreciated working with real flowers! Of course, we were breaking stems left and right since the real ones aren't wired. We'd be in heaven surrounded by so many peonies.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  14. If only I lived near Seattle! I would be forever popping on to London Plane. My kind of place and I would love to be able to arrange my peonies in such a stylish and creative way.

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  15. London Plane is one of the many great new places in Pioneer Square, I love watching this neighborhood revive. Those arrangements look incredible, I can't wait to see your shots.

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