August has glided effortlessly into September and with it a faint whiff of Autumn and that unmistakable back-to-school feeling. For many people, the month is wrapped up with vivid memories from childhood with powerful and nostalgic throwback vibes to days of shiny shoes, awkwardly knotted ties, brand new pencil cases and the obligatory eraser that smelt of strawberries. Even in adulthood, September symbolizes a new beginning whilst we collectively shake the remnants of sea, sun and sand from out thoughts, roll up our sleeves and plunge into a brand new season.
With back-to-school fixed firmly in our minds, it’s the perfect opportunity to reset new year goals and pursue those creative dreams set way back in the frosty depths of winter. Whether you’re harboring desires to become a florist or simply want to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind with a relaxing workshop, autumn is a special time to join our world-renowned, London-based Flower School. Seize the opportunity to celebrate the best of the season's blooms with flower arranging courses suitable for every level.
McQueens Flower School principal, Sophie Powell
McQueens Four Week Vocational Course
Our most popular offering is our renowned four-week vocational course designed to turbocharge your floristry expertise from start to finish. During this month-long immersive floral experience, students are guided through the wonderful world of flowers with demonstrations, discussions and hands-on practical projects that have a clear progression throughout the weeks. This course has welcomed students at every stage in their flower journey, from complete beginners through to professional florists. The weeks on the course are modular and students are able to attend individual weeks - read on for more further details about each week. Dates
14 October - 8 November 2019 (final Vocational Course of 2019)
13 January - 7 FebruaryDiscover more
The vocational course begins with a comprehensive introuction to the foundation of floristry basics...
...and concludes with intricate, impactful projects.
Introduction to Flower Design - Week one of Vocational Course
Learn the basic building blocks of contemporary flower design with this course that focuses on the fundamentals. Students explore conditioning, buying and the operational side of the business and work on a range of designs that are perfect for gift and entertaining. The tied technique is an important aspect and students can expect a week-long exploration of the magnificent world of flowers.Dates
14 - 18 October 2019
13 - 17 January 2020Discover more Corporate and Events - Week two of Vocational Course
McQueens has a long history creating glorious floral displays across the world, from starry-eyed events to 5* hotels. What better way then to learn all about corporate and event floristry than from those who’ve had first-hand experience. The skill level is intensified on our corporate and events course and students get an opportunity to work on a bigger scale with flowers for events and weekly contract flowers. We share all our knowledge in this fascinating sector we love to witness the progression of our students throughout this course. You can expect to learn a plethora of techniques from tall vase displays to classic candelabras.Dates
16 - 20 September
21 - 25 October Discover more
The Introduction to Flower course is the ultiamte starting place for your floral journey
The Event and Corporate class draws on McQueen's vast experience
Wedding Flowers - Week three of Vocational Course
We have a week-long course dedicated to the huge theme of weddings flowers. The emphasis of creating flowers for weddings is in the workmanship and attention to details. We focus on the craft and exquisites detail of wedding flowers with buttonholes, corsages, flower crowns and of course a variety of brides and bridesmaids bouquet styles. Students will be guided on seasonality, colour selection and the most beautiful flower varieties to suit the occasion.Dates
16 - 20 September
21 - 25 October Discover more
Learn traditional and techical florsitry skills such as fully wires cascading bouquets
Our tutors share advice on seasonality and trends for wedding flowers
Installation week - Week four of Vocational Course
This week is exclusive to students on our four-week course who have attended all other three week modules. It’s the jewel on the crown of our vocational course and the favourite week our of our school tutors - creativity and innovation is really at the heart. Students get an opportunity to work as a team, apply their newly acquired technical skills and create large scale flowers for parties and events. Our tutors get the opportunity to expand the possibilities with design and indulge their one creativity. Bring sensible shoes and prime your Instagram for likes on this week-long course - the perfect end to a month of floristry education.
Apply your newly aquired floristy skills to installation week
Creativity and innovation is at the heart of installation week
Just for Fun - McQueens One Day Masterclass
It's not all about our more serious-minded classes we have plenty of options for anyone wanting to bring a friend and have some fun. Our one-day masterclasse flower arranging workshops are the perfect intro for anyone curious about flowers. Our classes are relaxed an enormously good fun. Our team will guide you through the process of creating beautiful flower designs with step by step instruction and lots of support. We enjoy the fun vibe of these classes and are often attended by mother, daughters, fathers, sons and anyone who would like to decompress, connect with the moment and explore the multi-sensorial delights of fine seasonal foliages and flowers.Dates
9 Novemeber Discover more
What are you waiting for? Celebrate autumn with us!
The one day workshop is the perfect flower-lovers treat, a fun, relaxed, creative experience.
Spend a day immersed in beautiful flowers and take your creations home to admire