Budding Blooms

Ideal for All - Growing Opportunities


Area’s support can be offered

Sandwell   Dudley   Wolverhampton   Central   Walsall


contact us

Marilyn Robinson

Email: M.Robinson@idealforall.co.uk

Tel: 0121 558 5555


where is it?

Malthouse Gardens, 100 Oldbury Road, Smethwick B66 1JE



One 3 hour session per week, over 6 weeks.


Overview of Support offered

Interested in floristry? Keen to learn something new, or just experience local community projects? Growing Opportunities can offer you an exciting and interesting experience as part of our introduction to floristry programme.

Housed at our two beautiful gardens, Growing Opportunities supports people of all ages and abilities in the Black Country and Birmingham to get involved in gardening and producing local food. We aim to improve people’s health and well-being through structured gardening activities.

‘Budding Blooms BCB’ offers people like you the chance to join in with our community work and experience being involved in floristry as a creative hobby, therapeutic activity, learning opportunity or as a future profession.

During the six sessions you can try out a range of activities including:

  • Introduction to floristry – tools required, sourcing your flowers or growing your own, equipment, general techniques for beginners and understanding decorative arrangements.
  • Seasonal floristry – foraging for your materials, recycling and up-cycling, decorating containers, budgeting skills using what is local, available and free!
  • ‘Hands on’ practical activities including – wet and dry arrangements, hand tied bouquets and posies, willow weaving, and front facing displays.
  • Work in teams or independently on activities aimed at promoting independence, supporting confidence and wellbeing, physical activity, learning and fun.
  • Make new friends and meet new people, whilst creating fantastic displays which you can take home!
  • Sessions include ‘free choice’, where you can use everything you have learned to create your very own unique pieces.
  • Build your confidence, get outside and motivated, gain real life experience and life skills with options to progress onto courses including our accredited qualifications.

Learn with our experienced florist, horticultural therapists and garden workers. Even if you are new to floristry or are not sure where you want your future to go, come down and learn a new skill; or just use this opportunity to gain work experience. Whether you are enthusiastic about new challenges and relish the opportunity to try new things; or not as confident and need support, then ‘Budding Blooms’ is for you.


Is this activity linked to;

Increasing confidence   Increasing motivation   Increasing Optimism   Improving employability


Where does this support fit into my journey?

Engagement   This is me   I’m up for it   I’m ready   I’m on my way


Session type

Individual   Group
Minimum No. 6   Maximum No. 10


What equipment should I bring?



Outcomes expected


  • Inspire confidence and creativity.
  • Improve team building skills.
  • Introduction to horticultural techniques and productive aspects of horticulture
  • Gain greater understanding of flowers and floristry arrangements