I am excited today to bring you a new video, shot entirely in Paris, where I spent the day last week with my girlfriend Clarisse Beraud, one of the best floral artists in the city, and a of course someone you may recognise from my book.
The day was a tiny bit long, as we started at the Parisian wholesale markets before dawn, and worked straight through to early evening, but it was fun, and hey! you hardly have to twist my arm for me to spend the whole day surrounded by flowers!
I love the Paris flower markets, buying is reserved for professionals only, and I never miss an opportunity to visit. The bustle, the perfumes, the noise, and of course the pure quality and selection of the plants, I love it all. Some of the plants are flown in from abroad, but there are still a lot of French producers selling their speciality flowers, in particular in the spring and summer, when the local rose producers turn up with truck loads of pure heaven.
We drove back in to Paris just as everyone was heading to work, that magical hour when the light is golden and the day is still fresh.
Once at Clarisse’s store, Atelier Vertumne, she showed me how to put together one of her signature bouquets and it was lovely to watch her expert hands work their magic.
And if you would like to spend two inspirational days with me in Paris, immersed in flowers and floral art , I have a very limited number of places available for a two-day floral tour on the 12th and 13th of May. The tour will include a visit to the wholesale market, visits to some of the best florists in the city, and the best places to admire floral art. There will also be a lesson with Clarisse, and a day at the fantastic plant fair in the grounds of the château de Chantilly. So much concentrated beauty! You are welcome to email me for details HERE
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