Growing and arranging dried flowers with Clare Brown and Tom Brown

Garden courses

Ref: S1D12067

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About this course

Learn how to grow dried flowers from seed, harvest and then arrange them into a bunch to dry at home.

Course Description

You will learn how to prepare the ground, produce a number of plants from seed and how to get the best results from these. Following a talk about cultivating your plants, you will visit the Walled Garden at West Dean Gardens to see the dried flower beds.

Whilst in the Garden, there will be a chance to explore lots of different plants that can be dried from hydrangeas to hardy perennials to use in your hand-tied arrangements, with the opportunity to cut your own bouquet. Back in the studio, you will be taught how to arrange a hand-tied, as well as how to use colour and texture for the best effect. Clare will then give tuition to help you create your own, individual hand-tied bouquet with advice about drying. You will take this home to display for months to come.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply all the materials including; flowers, string, scissors, secateurs.

What students need to bring

  • Camera and notebook,
  • Wear suitable outdoor/gardening clothing, which may include gloves, waterproofs and gardening boots, for the outdoor session.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


Tom Brown

Having worked at RHS Wisley Gardens, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials, Tom then moved to become Head Gardener at nearby Parham House for nearly ten years. Tom joined West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in May 2019 to head up the garden team and manage the impressive Kitchen Garden, Cut Flower Garden, extensive fruit collection and 13 large, Victorian Glasshouses – along with the College Grounds and Arboretum. 

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