I spent the entirety of my five-hour drive north to World’s End farm buzzing with excitement. I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect upon my arrival, but I was certain it would be memorable. The views along Interstate 87 were breath taking, but they were only a primer for the beauty of the farm. As I was winding down the long, gravel driveway, the farm slowly came into view. I could see the other floral design students getting to know each other in and around the barn, as well as Sarah Ryhanen and Nicolette Camille attending to all the new guests. It was a welcoming sight indeed.
The first night on the farm was surreal. The barn was beautifully laid out with large candles scattered about the floor, safely enclosed in their hurricanes. There was a single, long table stretching from one end of the barn to the other that dappled with the flickering lights of even more candles. The collective glow of the mini fires created a wonderful backdrop for all of us to enjoy our drinks and conversation.
For the duration of the workshop, we had the wonderful pleasure of being served delicious meals put together by the talented DeVonn Francis of Enroot collective. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all such a nourishing and pleasurable experience thanks to his hard work, and it was important to be properly fed considering the effort we were putting into our days on the farm. From sun up to sundown, flowers dominated the day. Sarah and Nicolette did such a wonderful job on instructing and guiding our designs. In addition, the Little Flower School team did brilliant work curating, caring for, and displaying the stunning florals for our designs. Although, it would not have been complete without the famous Corbin Gurkin, floral photographer to some of the most talented designers out there. Her design sensibilities and dedication to her work made all of us feel secure in knowing that she would be capturing our designs on camera. All in all, every moment of the workshop was so carefully thought out and executed that nothing felt out of place.
When it came time to head back to the real world, I was sad to have to say goodbye. All the women who I had shared the workshop with were inspiring in their own, unique ways. I learned just as much from them as I did from Sarah and Nicolette, which made the experience that much more enriching. I hope to find myself back at World's End farm once again in the presence of such special people.