Floral bliss retreat

Well, we had our first Floral Bliss Retreat this weekend and I have to say that it was totally amazing. We gathered together with a small group of people for a day of play and design on the farm. It was a drizzly day on the farm and created a calmly wonderful ambiance.

Adam and Jenn O’Neal - PepperHarrow farm  Photo By:  Andraya Stender

Adam and Jenn O’Neal - PepperHarrow farm

Photo By: Andraya Stender

We started the day with introductions followed by a personal tour of our farm. We then let everyone head out to harvest and forage at their leisure. It was cool to see what everyone gathered for their designs from the lovely perennials throughout our gardens to branches of unripened fruit and cattails.

With everyone’s amazing finds, Jenn began a session on the ins and outs of flower crown design. I think that was a sesh that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Jenn guiding a student with her design  Photo By:  Andraya Stender

Jenn guiding a student with her design

Photo By: Andraya Stender

Donning beautiful floral crowns, we sat down to a wonderful catered lunch provided by Catering By Cyd. That was personally my favorite part because we got to sit with everyone and really get to know each other. And the lunch was amazing! Thumbs up to privately catered lunches. 👍 Catering in took a huge weight off of our shoulders with this event and enabled us to participate more!

Lovely catered lunch for the floral bliss retreat. Flowers And food forever!

Lovely catered lunch for the floral bliss retreat. Flowers And food forever!

After lunch we headed to the centerpiece design portion of the retreat. We loved seeing everyone dive into a full buffet of flowers and also how they incorporated their unique garden finds into their centerpieces. Apple branches and grape vines with little unripened fruits? Yes!

Attendees enjoying the flower bar  Photo By:  Andraya Stender

Attendees enjoying the flower bar

Photo By: Andraya Stender

Adam guiding the design portion of the workshop  Photo By:  Andraya Stender

Adam guiding the design portion of the workshop

Photo By: Andraya Stender

And if the day wasn’t already full enough, Jenn put together a lovely traditional English tea service for the retreat. We were inspired when we went to England and visited Chatsworth Gardens. While visiting, we sat down for a nice tea service in the café on the grounds. We had to bring that special experience with us back to PepperHarrow!

Teatime at PepperHarrow  Photo By:  Andraya Stender

Teatime at PepperHarrow

Photo By: Andraya Stender

This retreat turned out amazing and we can’t wait to bring it to you again. We’re also excited with all the new ideas we have to make this experience even more special. Looking forward to the next one!

Classes on the farm

One of the things that Jenn and I really enjoy on the farm is teaching classes and getting people out to the farm. When we started this journey, teaching wasn’t even in our realm of thought but when we saw the inspiration that homesteading and farming brought to people… well, it inspired US! I kind of feel like the farm runs on cyclical inspiration. People’s love of the farm is what inspires us to do what we do. And we want our passion to inspire you.

We’re excited about 2019’s class offerings. This year, we asked ourselves what we kind of experiences would we enjoy doing? And what would WE enjoy leading? This year’s classes reflect that. It’s going to be an amazing year!

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