Sat. May 28th, 2022

Glebefield inhabits with the winning wreath

Posted by Barchester

Residents of a nursing home in Drayton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, have won a floral competition run by a London-based florist, Blooming Haus.

Master florist Michal Kowalski treated residents of Glebefield’s nursing home to an interactive virtual masterclass.

They were invited to gather flowers and foliage and follow Michael’s demonstration to create their own exhibits.

The events were then entered into a Facebook contest judged by Michal and Michael, the visionaries behind Blooming Haus.

Glebefields beat more than a hundred other contributions with their amazing
wreaths, handmade using homemade dried fruits, cinnamon sticks, pussy willow and pine cones collected from the gardens.

Residents Alvar, Paul, Myrtle, Francis, Marianne and Bert drew inspiration from their memories of mulled wine and Christmas time with the family around the tree.

They received £ 100 in Love2Shop coupons, which they plan to spend on plants and bulbs for their new sensory garden.


Michal Kowalski, master florist at Blooming Haus, said: “The care sector has been going through such a tough time lately, residents who have not been able to see their loved ones and carers have been working extremely hard.

“So we took the chance when Barchester approached us to arrange a Zoom flower arranging class.

“It’s a great opportunity for Blooming Haus to give something back. We were blown away by the number and quality of contributions to our competition.

“We had a great time picking the winners, but in truth we wish we could give everyone a prize.”

General manager Nisha Shaji said: “This was a virtual flower arranging demonstration with a difference, it was wonderful that our residents could follow and create their own flower exhibits using foliage picked from our own garden and dried fruits created under a previous activity session with our former florist, Kay.

“The cherry on the cake is that we won, I’m so proud of our residents and their creativity.”

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