ON THE FARM DESIGN WORKSHOPS

 Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains our farm boasts scenic views, abundant blooms, and a pristine landscape. Throughout the summer months our gardens are bountiful with seasonal flowers used for bouquets and event design.  Our blossoms are sustainably grown from seed, harvested, and brought straight from the fields into our design studio. If you are looking to have fun, learn fundamentals of design, and have an opportunity to work with sustainably grown farm-fresh flowers then these workshops are for you!

Each workshop will include a walking tour of our farm where we will discuss our crop choices and operation. We hope that seeing the gardens will inspire you and your floral composition. You will also have the opportunity to cut your own blossoms to use in your design as well as learning tricks to cutting and our post harvest procedures! These classes are held in our newly renovated farm studio so class size will be limited to five students. We’ve learned a more intimate workshop experience will leave you feeling confident in using your new skills with ingredients from your own garden!

 Class includes all materials you will need to create your take home arrangement. Light refreshments will be offered. Ages 16+ and flower lovers of all levels are encouraged to join! This makes a great gift!

Our workshops are non-refundable, a maximum of 5 participants per workshop. At this time our studio is not handicap accessible. Workshops are meant for all levels of design skills. We will be going over our operations during the farm tour, but these ARE NOT farming workshops.  Class will be rain or shine and is held at a farm, please wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Please arrive 15 minutes early so workshop can start on time.

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF PEONIES

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These rich, strong, and magnificent blooms are the highlight of early summer. Hundreds of single and double varieties are cut and sold at the farm, our local farmers market, and used in our wedding designs. They are also stored in the cooler for later use.  This workshop is focused on how to compose a low and lush compote centerpiece using peonies as the spotlight with accenting flowers and foliage. We will talk about the varieties we grow, stages of harvest, and our storage procedures.

This July workshop will take place just after the peony season. Since our northern climate can be tricky growing, we will invite you into our garden at its most bountiful, giving you a wide selection of blooms to accentuate your centerpiece. You will get to harvest from select crops such as cosmos, snapdragons, sweet peas, foxglove, and much more.  We will have an abundant display already cut and hydrated for you to use including classic and rare varieties of peonies (which have been stored since our late June harvest).

Pre-Registration is required. $165 per person. Non-refundable.

  • Saturday, July 13: SOLD OUT

    OR

  • Monday, July 15: SOLD OUT!

FALL IN LOVE WITH VIBRANT FALL DAHLIAS

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Dahlias are the queen of the garden for us from late August through September. We grow over 30 varieties ranging from dinner plate to ball, both in the greenhouse and outside in the fields. This workshop will teach you how to arrange with the different varieties and shapes of these multi layered blooms in a pedestal style vase. This workshop will take place during peak dahlia season and you will get a chance to harvest these much-desired blooms! You will learn the proper technique for cutting as well as tips on our post harvest procedures. We will also have an abundant display of late summer blooms, herbs, and foliage cut and hydrated for you to use in your composition with your dahlias!

 Pre-Registration is required. $185 per person. Non Refundable.

  • Sunday, September 8th: SOLD OUT!

    OR

  • Tuesday, September 10th: SOLD OUT!

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MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Vanessa Tarr is owner, grower, and lead designer at Tarrnation Flower Farm. She has been working the land with her father since high school and has also worked on farms in Spain, Panama, Washington, and throughout New England. She has been in the floral industry as a farmer and designer for the past 13 years. Vanessa has studied with some of the top designers and farmers in the country including Nicolette Camille (of Nicolette Camille Floral), Jill Rizzo (of Studio Choo), and Erin Benzakein (of Floret Flower Farm) and has extensive knowledge in workshop preparation and has assisted in eight Floret workshops. She is excited to be teaching and sharing her knowledge while inviting students to her farm for a hands-on experience!

You can find Tarrnation Flower Farm featured in Country Living, Design New England, Ruffled Blog, Seacoast Weddings, Business New Hampshire, New Hampshire Home, Threads by Garnet Hill, The Chronicle WMUR, New Hampshire Bride, & Vermont Bride Magazine.

All photos on this page by J. Harper Photography