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Flower, Art & Creativity Workshops

Just a short drive from Canberra’s CBD

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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Join us for a fun-filled, nature inspired workshop, in Collector, NSW. 

With views of the Cullin range, the smell of the fresh country air and a smorgasbord of teas, you will happily pass away the hours creating a floral masterpiece of your very own in our creative and healing sanctuary.

With an ever-changing calendar of workshops, we have all your artistic interests and budgets covered. From floral arrangements and christmas wreaths, to bouquets and flower crowns, we have a workshop for everyone – no experience necessary!

Workshops for Groups

Would you like to attend a workshop with a group of friends and family? Collector Cottage is now running Workshops by request.
Please reach out, we would love to share our love of flowers with you.
(min 6 people)

From Field to Vase to Table

A Collector Cottage High Tea Experience

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We are thrilled to host a special once a year Autumn High Tea and flower arranging event at Collector Cottage where you can enjoy a delightful and generous high tea, a spread of carefully selected sweets and savouries made by local and Canberra artisans.

 

We will begin with a floral demonstration by award winning owner, grower and florist Rachel Torrealba from Collector Cottage followed by your chance to make your own arrangement using the most amazing dahlias and other seasonal flowers grown right here in Collector. The vessel you will be styling with is hand-made by local ceramicist Kate Mackay.

 

Whether it’s an opportunity for friends to get together for a catch up or maybe you are a mother and daughter looking for a special treat, you will make memories to cherish at this special event.

 

Once you have made your arrangement it will take centre stage at a luscious and beautiful table styled with an autumn theme as inspiration for you to sit and enjoy your high tea.

 

DATE: Saturday 6 April 2024
TIME: 9:30am – 11:30am
PLACE: 22 Bourke St Collector NSW

$250.00

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Christmas wreath created with natural materials

Come and enjoy an experience of creating your own Christmas Wreath.

 

Guided by Rachel, using home grown and locally sourced beautiful materials, some from Collector Cottage and the vines to make the wreaths are sourced from a local vineyard.

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Christmas Wreath Workshop

It’s a time for sharing and giving. Come and celebrate by making your own Christmas wreath.

 

Rachel will guide you to create a one of a kind Christmas Wreath that dries gracefully and can be composted.

We are thrilled to host a special once a year Autumn High Tea and flower arranging event at Collector Cottage where you can enjoy a delightful and generous high tea, a spread of carefully selected sweets and savouries made by local and Canberra artisans.

 

We will begin with a floral demonstration by award winning owner, grower and florist Rachel Torrealba from Collector Cottage followed by your chance to make your own arrangement using the most amazing dahlias and other seasonal flowers grown right here in Collector. The vessel you will be styling with is hand-made by local ceramicist Kate Mackay.

 

Whether it’s an opportunity for friends to get together for a catch up or maybe you are a mother and daughter looking for a special treat, you will make memories to cherish at this special event.

 

Once you have made your arrangement it will take centre stage at a luscious and beautiful table styled with an autumn theme as inspiration for you to sit and enjoy your high tea.

 

DATE: Saturday 6 April 2024
TIME: 9:30am – 11:30am
PLACE: 22 Bourke St Collector NSW

Workshop Details:
Date:    SUNDAY 10th December
Time:     10 am – 12 pm
Venue:  Collector Cottage, Collector NSW

 

I attended Rachel’s Floral Masterclass because I had always wanted to attend a flower arranging workshop and never had.

The workshop was held just out of Canberra at Collector. The drive out was lovely and arriving at Rachel’s home we were greeted with an excited and enthusiastic Rachel.

She demonstrated how to create an arrangement and then we created our own with some tips from Rachel. We all had a selection of flowers and created two arrangements to take home.

We had a lovely high tea and wandered around Rachel and Dean’s property.

Summing up, I really had a lovely afternoon and learnt some new skills.
I would highly recommend going along to Collector Cottage and having a fun experience with Rachel.
Sue, McKellar ACT

If you love flowers, and you love cake, then book yourself into one of Rachel’s Floral Masterclass and High Tea events as soon as she releases them!

We had such a lovely day surrounded by beautiful fresh and fragrant blooms, intercepted by a delicious High Tea, and a delightful tour of the garden and tunnel.

I drove back to Canberra with a full belly, beautiful flowers arranged by me under Rachel’s meticulous tutelage, and lovely memories of a day well spent.

Tracey, Canberra

Meet your Facilitator

Meet Rachel

Ever since she was a young girl, Rachel has been OBSESSED with flowers. As a child, she grew up playing in fields of roses, building elaborate huts out of nature’s gifts and watching her greenthumb Mum create new life from the most challenging of cuttings. It’s no surprise that Rachel is now a Florist! 

With an expansive property to call her own just a short drive from North Canberra, Rachel grows her own roses (she has over 150 so far!) that she spends many happy hours toiling over, talking to and caring for. A lover of the land, Rachel ensures that all the materials she sources and shares in her workshops are done so with respect and reverence to Mother Nature.

Collector Cottage is absolutely beautiful!! 
 I’ve had the pleasure of spending a wonderful sun-filled happy day with Rachel! 
Rachel’s Classes, “Flower Arranging and High Tea” are absolutely divine and second to none! Rachel is so knowledgeable on the area of her piece of paradise and she prides herself on sharing everything there is to know about flowers of all kinds! 
It definitely left an imprint on me! 
I will be looking forward to another amazing day soon!
You really can’t stop at one!
Tracie, Greenway ACT

Regardless of which workshop you attend, you can expect:

Fresh country air and birdsong that you can soak up while you create

Great company with like-minded women (come alone or bring a friend)

Wholesome and light-hearted FUN!

Delicious teas for you to try (plus high tea at some workshop)

Lots of easy to follow instructions, guidance and support

A rose garden tour (season permitting)

A creative piece of your own to take home!

We Believe In…

Creating artistic pieces with slow flowers that are non toxic, locally produced and grown with love.

Caring for our local community by sourcing food and special little surprise ‘extras’ that come from the hands and hearts of local businesses.

The healing power of nature, fresh country air and the gathering of women.