Care home residents enjoy Christmas wreath-making masterclass

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Caldy Manor care home in Wirral were treated to an interactive virtual Christmas-themed floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus.

Blooming Haus, is one of the UK’s most innovative floral design and artisan studios. With sustainability and seasonality at the core of their designs, the duo behind Blooming Haus – Michal Kowalski and his business partner, Michael Dariane, bring a completely fresh approach to floristry and their ambition to push the boundaries of traditional floristry has laid the foundations of Blooming Haus’ success to date.

Residents and staff were invited to gather together flowers and foliage chosen by themselves and follow Michal’s demonstration to create their own Christmas wreaths. Residents’ arrangements will be entered into a Facebook competition judged by Michal and Michael to win Love2Shop vouchers.

Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus said, “We leapt at the chance when Barchester approached us to stage a zoom Christmas wreath-making masterclass. It’s a great opportunity for Blooming Haus to give something back to the residents and care workers.  Besides shop bought flowers, we encouraged participants to use materials and foliage from the garden. We take a lot of our inspiration from nature and like nothing more than foraging around woodlands on a Sunday afternoon, we believe it assists us with the floral artistry we create.”

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented, “We are excited to work with our amazing partners like Blooming Haus to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy. It was brilliant to see the residents all enjoying themselves creating beautiful arrangements, the demonstration was so well received.

“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities,”

General Manager, Hannah Roberts, said, “It was wonderful that our residents were able to follow along and create their own Christmas wreaths using all sorts of dried flowers and materials from the local garden centre plus foliage they had collected from our own garden. It was a really enjoyable afternoon, we’re so grateful to Michal and Michael from Blooming Haus for this experience.”

Image: Volunteer, Annette Franz andresident, Edna Vincent with a completed Christmas wreath

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