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... this spring unleash your creativity with style
Distinctly Colorful & Seasonal
the spring edition 

Graeme Corbett of Bloom & Burn, TJ McGrath and

Special Guest Designer

Max Gill

for a very special 2 day Master Class at Jardin de Buis


"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over & let the beautiful stuff out."  Ray Bradbury

Jardin de Buis sits on 32 picturesque acres; where nature is encouraged to live her best life. These idyllic surroundings are the perfect place to discover and draw inspiration from while we guide you through an immersive journey into the world of interpretive floral design.

  Together we'll explore how cultivating and nurturing your own flowers fosters a deeper connection with the materials and how that uniquely influences our team of instructors designs. Working with the best locally sourced blooms of the season, students will gain a deeper understanding of how designing seasonally, mixing the textures and shapes and colors creates timeless beauty in a world chasing trends .  


By the end of this master class, you'll leave feeling confident with sustainable design mechanics  to create breathtaking seasonal floral arrangements reflective of your personal style

Space is limited for this incredible opportunity to enhance your skills learning from a renowned team of instructors, while simultaneously deepening your connection with nature ...


Day One


It starts with a wonder about


Side by Side Demo Graeme & TJ


Students Hands-on

A rich learning experience that encompasses technique, style, and creativity. Observing seemingly similar artisans side by side encourages creative & critical thinking, it's an opportunity to learn different problem-solving approaches observing how each designer addresses specific obstacles or makes creative decisions in the design process. 

Choosing from the bounty of seasonal blooms on offer, guests are invited to  fuse techniques observed with inspirations gathered from our morning stroll in their own centerpiece design.

Personalized guidance and feedback is generously on hand whether it be selecting the recipe, palette, mechanic, or simply a nudge to push you slightly beyond your comfort zone, we're here .

Session Objective:

Open dialogue: event centerpiece recipes, palette selections, scale and budget obstacles,

styling & capturing your work for social media and marketing.

after a lite lunch

guest designer

Max Gill 

After receiving his degree in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, Max Gill was compelled by more creative pursuits, eventually finding floral design the perfect medium as it seemed to him to draw from all of his greatest passions: gardening, sculpture, painting and art and theater history. 

We're beyond thrilled to welcome Max and discover how he draws from his passions when designing those awe-inspiring,

large scale masterpieces he's so widely know for.

We'll wrap the day with a group discussion on social media best practices for reaching your ideal market while taking advantage of  the soft glow of the late afternoon light to style and photograph our designs.

(hoping nature cooperates)


Day Two

Sustainable Installations

Styling an installation as a creative outlet offers invaluable experience, hones your skills & helps put time in a tangible perspective - every florists knows, time is money.  Styling not only feeds your creative urges; it teaches how to adapt, adjust and the need for flexibility in the heat of the moment; skills and mindset crucial in floral event & set design, but equally so in any opportunity that comes your way.  

The most impactful floral installations are those that not only take into account the clients wishes, but are also thoughtfully imagined, reflective of the venue/location in which they're enhancing as much as they are artfully crafted. 

For our morning hands-on, we'll take these considerations into account & drawing inspiration from Jardin itself.

We'll create a seasonal styled-moment/install centered around our luncheon table. This is a collaborative a hands-on; however we fully appreciate that some guests  absorb more by taking a step back and watching. Any retreat/workshop is your time and an investment in yourself-we want you to feel comfortable taking in the knowledge in the way that works best and is most comfortable for you.


After a Leisurely Lunch

The early afternoon is yours to consider some of the design principals covered throughout our time together thus far;

 You might choose to refresh your centerpiece, adding some new elements  to take it from centerpiece to statement piece;  you might consider this an opportunity 'Create Content' & spend the time styling and capturing your design; with the blooms that are left, this could be your time to focus on that one thing you don't  get the opportunity to practice. Converse with instructors on some of the challenges you may be facing, or brainstorm with  experts sustainable mechanics options for an up-coming event; Consider this your "me" time.

At about 3 pm we'd like to gather together for a final q&a recap session.

No limits, anything & everything we can answer is fair game and ...

we especially appreciate guests who arrive with note pad's filled with questions at the ready!

 We aim to have you ready to journey home with your new found inspirations and knowledge by 4pm, though sometimes we run a little over.  Feel comfortable making travel plans that work best for you &  if you need to head out a bit early, we fully understand.

Meet your team of  Instructors


Graeme Corbett


TJ McGrath

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Special Guest Max Gill

Bloom & Burn started in January 2016 at the kitchen table of a flat in Archway, North London.  After five years creating floral designs for weddings, events, product launches and music videos in the capital Graeme has relocated to a new studio in the Kent countryside where he offers 1:1 and group workshops focused on seasonality featuring blooms from his cutting garden.

TJ’s design philosophy--"Practice is growth and if you believe in your work others will too."  Sustainability is at the forefront of this home-based studio. Whether it be weekly deliveries for private clients, or the limited number of full service events & weddings offered seasonally TJ's work is rooted in local and seasonal expressions of nature.  Education is available through several group workshops, 1:1 private mentoring, and lectures/demos.

Originally from upstate New York, Max has called the Bay Area home for almost 35 years.  Perhaps best known for his work at Chez Panisse where he has done the flowers for over a decade, Max started Max Gill Design in 2005 and now offers full floral services for weddings, special events and private clients. Informed by natural process, Max’s work is distinguished by his reliance on specialty blooms and botanical rarities gleaned from local growers, his own formidable cut flower garden in North Berkeley, and a long list of bay area nurseries.  


Registration is Open & Space is Limited

This 2 day masterclass invites you to delve deep into your artistic side,

infuse seasonality in your designs and events while discovering new skills.

Your $2,399.00 investment includes:

  • A generous bounty of seasonal blooms to choose from for all of our hands on designing.

  • Bowl and mechanics to create your own centerpiece.

  • Materials/mechanics required for designing a seasonal installation.

  • An artisanal, seasonally inspired light lunch & refreshment both days.

  • Our undivided attention and guidance as we share our expertise and inspirations with you.

  • A gallery of images of our time together photographed by Graeme & TJ (we encourage you to bring your own camera as well)


Travel/Accommodations are NOT included in registration.
If traveling from outside the area,

the nearest airport is Newark Liberty International
When searching for stays use Califon New Jersey 07830
to find the closest hotels, AirBnB's and B&B's



The workshop will be held in the Green houses and Orangery at Jardin de Buis, approximately 60 minutes west of New York City, and approximately 35 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, in the picturesque landscape of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. There are four English Setters who do love to greet guests and visitors to the estate, so dare we say, "must love dogs".  Jardin de Buis is a working farm & estate. Please be mindful and select appropriate footwear for working days. 


The workshop is payable via the PayPal link. This will secure your place. If you have any questions please email Please check travel and accommodations expenses and policies as those are NOT included in the class registration fee.


The workshop days start time will be confirmed & emailed to participants a few days priorate the class, though we usually like and early start, 9-9:30 ish. We aim to finish on day two by 4pm. It maybe that we run over time on some days and this should be considered if booking transport such as taxi’s, airline/train tickets. You are obviously welcome to leave whenever you like. 


We will not be able to refund your place if you are unable to attend, even if we re-sell it. Check with your travel partners regarding their policies around issuing refunds prior to booking your place at the workshop. Please make sure you have your travel insurance in place to cover any eventualities if you are unable to join us.


We cannot be held liable for situations beyond our control, including (but not limited to) acts of war, acts of God, threats or acts of terrorism, civil unrest, weather related issues or unforseen personal circumstances/choices. We also cannot offer refunds for illness, flight delays or any other circumstances. 


In the event that the world shuts down again due to Covid and we have to cancel the workshop due to new restrictions then we will offer a full refund. We cannot , however offer a refund for individual cases of Covid. Please do not attend if you test positive or suspect you have Covid.


In the unlikely event of a teacher cancellation, every effort will be made to deliver the same content by another accomplished person in the same field. If we need to cancel the workshop, we will refund the money you have paid so far. We cannot be held responsible for other expenditure and costs such as flights though. Please make sure you have insurance in place for this.


By choosing to purchase a place in this Master Class you are inherently agreeing to the above stated terms and conditions and waive any right to pursue liability against any workshop organizers and/or host venue.

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