Francesca's Flowers

Francesca's Flowers

The Gap, QLD 4061
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4.9 (271 reviews)
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25 Sep 2023Floral Workshops - Curlew Ridge Farm
So lovely to pick fresh flowers. Support local businesses.
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25 Sep 2023Floral Workshops - Curlew Ridge Farm
Such a unique and great idea for a workshop and a really enjoyable day! I would absolutely do this again as often as it becomes available. The workshop was held in conjunction with Amanda Parker, Owner of Curlew Ridge Farms located at Stanmore (near Woodford), QLD. I first met Amanda at a one-off floral design workshop - it was actually my second workshop with Francesca. At that workshop Amanda mentioned that she and her husband had just bought 20 acres near Woodford and it was her dream to create a flower farm. Fast forward a couple of years to 2023 and I am surprised and delighted to see Amanda again - this time at one of Francesca's Floral Basics 4 Week Courses. In that short amount of time Amanda has realised her flower farm dream. During the Floral Basics 4 Week Course we were saying that we'd love to come out and visit Amanda's farm. It was from this discussion that the idea for a Francesca's Flowers workshop excursion developed. The idea morphed into an on-site pick your own flowers floral design workshop at Curlew Ridge Farms. The participants would wander through Amanda's flower beds, pick our own flowers and then Francesca would demonstrate how to arrange them. There were two choices of vases supplied by Francesca - a low bowl table setting and a straussed bouquet into a vase. I chose the straussing technique into the vase. If you don't know what strauss technique is you should sign up for one of Francesca's workshops - or you could just Google it but where's the fun in that...? We all met at Curlew Ridge Farm and were warmly welcomed by Amanda, her family and four beautiful and very friendly dogs. The workshop was held in a separate cottage. We were expecting morning tea but had no idea beforehand that a full lunch would also be offered. Amanda and Francesca's support teams provided an extensive smorgasbord of homemade biscuits, cakes, slices, lunch rolls and sandwiches together with tea, coffee, homemade elderflower cordial and lemon myrtle iced tea. All of the refreshments were plentiful, absolutely delicious and very much appreciated. Francesca's husband, Steve, arrived with a huge basket of his famous scones and honestly they are the best scones you have ever tasted (Steve's not so secret ingredient is lemonade). A highlight of Francesca's workshops is Steve's scones with fresh cream and jam. Anyone who has ever attended one of Francesca's workshops always looks forward to them and I am sure it's one of the many reasons Francesca has such high repeat participation. The day started with Francesca demonstrating both floral designs. Then we walked down to the flower beds where we were given floral snips, buckets with water and allowed free access to everything Amanda is currently growing. We could choose whichever flowers appealed to us. There were no limitations regarding the type or amount of flowers we chose. Amanda was on hand to provide assistance, expert knowledge about the flowers and the best choices for our individual designs. Francesca was also wandering the flower beds to provide expert assistance. We took our selections back to the cottage and set about creating our beautiful floral designs. As is usual with Francesca's workshops there were a number of ladies that I had attented previous classes with but there were many new participants - some of them attending a workshop for the first time. As testament to the appeal of this workshop is the number of ladies in attendance - the class was larger than other workshops I have attended but everyone received the same level of attention and assistance from Francesca. We all took home beautiful arrangements and everyone I spoke with loved the class and would definitely attend another one. If you aren't sure whether you have the creativity, dexterity or talent for floral design I can personally attest to Francesca's ability as an amazing teacher. Under her tutelage I have discovered a talent for floral design that has surprised me. Francesca's 3½ yo son, Jasper, made a really beautiful arrangement from flowers he had chosen himself. It really was a work of art especially when you consider his age. I think Francesca and Amanda have struck upon a unique concept that will develop into a much sought after workshop. The speed with which this course sold out after the date was released indicates that future bookings will be highly coveted. The opportunity to work with such fresh flowers is a rarity and one that I enjoyed very much. Amanda's flower farm dream is expanding in directions that I hope will ensure the success and longevity of her business. The collaboration will also benefit Francesca's already very successful business by offering unique experiences for anyone interested in flowers and floral design. There are many floral design courses available through many different providers, however I believe this particular workshop is very unique. I am so lucky and thrilled to have been a participant in the inaugural flower farm visit workshop and I look forward to many more opportunities to support and contribute, in my own small way, to both these remarkable and inspirational women and their future dreams. Thank you Amanda and Francesca - I look forward to spending many more happy hours exploring our mutual passion for flowers and floral design.
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24 Sep 2023Floral Basics 4 week Course - Block B
An excellent course - highly recommended. I have attended many workshops with Francesca and with each one I learn something new - even if we are making an arrangement using previously learned skills and techniques. I have also completed many workshops with other Florists and, while I have enjoyed them very much, without doubt Francesca's are my favourite. Francesca is a very talented and creative florist - actually she is very talented and creative in everything she undertakes. She is also a very gifted potter, artist and one of the best baristas in Brisbane. Yes - she even has a commercial coffee machine and provides tea, coffee, homemade cakes, biscuits and other refreshments at her workshops. Francesca's creativity extends to the courses she offers - visits to flower farms, farmers markets, monthly flower club, speciality workshops for Easter, Christmas, Mothers' Day, etc. Her courses are designed to ensure students have a well rounded understanding of floral design and floristry practices - both the hands on skills and business aspects of the industry. Francesca is an excellent teacher - she is knowledgeable, kind, patient and supportive. She has that enviable ability to instruct in a way that is easy to understand and put into practice. She is able to provide assistance without taking over so when you leave the workshop you are proudly taking home a beautiful design that you have created yourself even if you have never arranged flowers before. Francesca ensures her workshops provide a safe, friendly and happy environment for all participants. Without exception all of the ladies I have met through Francesca's workshops are lovely and some have become friends. Francesca is committed to championing women and developing a sisterhood of friendship and kindness to others which I am sure is a key reason she has such a high level of repeat participation. It is always so nice to arrive at a new workshop and see some of the same ladies from previous workshops and meet new ones. I have completed many of Francesca's one-off workshops and Floral Basics 4 Week Courses - Block A and Block B. I am currently attending Block C. I love it so much that I am constantly checking Francesca's website for new workshops to ensure I don't miss out - her courses sell out very quickly. Each 4 week course has developed my floral design skills, techniques and confidence beyond anything I could ever have imagined when I decided to try floral design for personal development, social interaction and alleviate loneliness. I live on acreage in a rural town and spend a lot of time on my own as my partner is frequently interstate or overseas with his work. I often joke that my best friend is a Dobermann (I have two beautiful males and it's not really a joke)! Many a true word spoken in jest! Francesca has a loyal following and it is no wonder. Who doesn't want to be a part of a community where you are made to feel genuinely welcome, special and valued? The workshops are excellent value for money. Francesca always supplies everything you need to produce a beautiful floral design - fresh, exceptional quality flowers and foliage; vases (unless otherwise stated) and floristry materials. I honestly don't know how she does it for the price. If you are hesitant about signing up for a 4 week commitment, try a one-off class to see whether you like it. I guarantee that, like myself, you will discover a hidden talent - one that will bring much enjoyment and happiness. You will also become a member of an extended network of like-minded women with a shared passion.
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About Francesca's Flowers

Francesca's Flowers
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Hello Hello

 Francesca’s Flowers is has been operating over the past 10 years, first with a bricks and mortar shop and tea room in Paddington, then a home studio in Bardon and now a home studio in The Gap. 

Francesca’s Flowers came about with a good deal of passion and a desire to create a place of peace and beauty where people to enjoy the world of floristry, all while sipping a cup of tea! As soon as you arrive the sweet fragrance of beautiful blooms whisks you away to a happy place. Floral appreciation with the focus on improving wellbeing and uplifting our mental state has always been the focus of our workshops. 

Our workshops are all about being creative and spending some quality time with the flowers. (No experience is needed!) Come and take time for yourself. 

 We also offer a full florist service for every day flowers, funeral tributes, new babies, events and corporate designs, we are taking a small break from weddings while our family is still young. We deliver all over Brisbane and surrounds.

 Flowers are definitely Mother Nature Laughing and we love to create flowers with you to help inspire and uplift your soul! 

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a refunds.

If cancellation is within 7 days of the class, you can reschedule to another class of the same value within 12 months. If Cancellation is less than 7 days notice you can rebook at 50% fee for another class within 12 months. 

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