• Grace Cobb

Flower Lovers Rejoice for Windulka Workshop

ABOVE: Landscape artist Costa Georgiadis and florist Emily Herde at the Ekka.

Freelance Florist Emily Herde is returning to her home town of Goondiwindi. A fleeting visit for a flower arrangement workshop hosted in her parent’s garden at ‘Windulka’.

When Emily was growing up near Goondiwindi, it was a sheep and cropping property, evolving with the markets to become mainly cattle and cropping like so many in our region today.

Like many country kids, it was off to boarding school for Emily at 12-years-old, and she has been on the move ever since. A gap year abroad in Scotland endeared Emily with a love for travel that she willingly indulges- travelling overseas every second year since returning.

Emily’s love of flowers and business ‘Emily Herde Florist” is a side hustle for Emily who attended university, studying nursing and public health (Health Science) and then later specialising in child health nursing.

“I've had a pretty diverse work history in that I have worked in rural and remote Queensland as a school nurse for isolated aboriginal communities," Emily reflects.

"I've been a child health nurse in Moree and surrounds at the same time as managing data and research for the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (University of Sydney). "

"I've also been a Nurse Unit Manager of an Early Parenting Centre in Melbourne where we helped families with babies and young children,” Emily says.

More recently Emily has been based in Brisbane, continuing to work in the area of promoting healthy relationships between parents and their children and balancing floristry in her spare time including weddings.

Emily studied a Cert II in Floristry at the Brisbane Flower School in 2015 and has been creating bespoke flowers and attending flower schools all over the world ever since.

Her love of exploring gardens has resulted in a creative life of all things floral and foliage, a welcome diversion from her work life in health care. Emily’s passion for floristry is in experiencing the joy that flowers bring to others, and the therapeutic nature of creating something beautiful.

ABOVE: Bridal bouquets by Emily Herde Florist.

Notes on the workshop

In this workshop, you will learn some elements and principles of floral design along with techniques to assist in building your floral creativity and confidence. With a variety of fresh seasonal blooms to choose from, each guest will create their own unique arrangement to take home.

Following a step by step demonstration, Emily will be on hand to offer as little or as much instruction as you like while you find your creative self.

Morning tea will be provided. All flowers and tools are provided. Please wear comfortable closed in shoes. Please also bring along a small/ medium vase or interesting vessel to arrange into.

The Workshop will be held April 9, 2018, from 9:30am – 12 midday.

Tickets are $85 dollars per person.

For more information and a map to Windulka please contact Emily at Emily_herde@outlook.com.

The Tickets

To secure your booking please make direct deposit of $85 to the below account with your name in the reference section:

Account Name: Emily Herde

Bank: NAB

BSB: 082731

Account No: 879048434