Workshop in Italy with students from Experimental Floral design (EF)

Hanbury botanical garden, on the border between Italy and France, is one of Italy’s most important botanical gardens. Vea's students at EF had the great pleasure of working in this garden on a international workshop. EF is an international college vocational school programme for florists and other crafts, artisans, and designers who want competence in experimentation with botanical materials. This is how Hanbury looked like after the workshop...

The area is 18 hectare big and has a great variety of plants, fruit-trees and flowers and 350 spices of aloe. Already in 11th sentry, a palazzo had bin build here on the traces of an ancient Roman villa. The workshop “soft land-art” was done there on Sunday 30th mars with participants from 5 different countries. Since the garden are so beautiful it is a challenge to find a place to do something. Nearly everyone used areas of more like waist-land that was not so cultivated. 

The Dutch boys gave life to a dead tree by giving it oranges that they found on the ground. It gives the impression of being a kaki tree more than an orange tree, and in that way talks about the difference from the trees around. 


One Norwegian used dead dried fruits to make a siluett of a person standing in connection to a tree, but it could also been seen as an abstract line that reflects the colors and lines in the tree it was surrounding.


A field with half-dead acanthus-leaves gives inspiration to many:
Two former EF-students from Sweden are taking care of a tree that looks half dead, but have new green small leafs at the top. They give the tree protection by cowering the stems with dead acanthus - leafs that looks like circles around the stems. Beautiful and with care and deeper thoughts.


Another tree has got marking of its roots with the same leafs on the ground. A way of making us see the beauty of the tree. 

One group made lines that ended up in spirals/volutes’ on the ground. The work remind us of how the acanthus was used to decorate and as inspiration for volute’s in the antique.



Oranges has also inspired the Icelandic girls. A humoristic and playful use of oranges found on the ground makes us smile. It reminds us of plays that we did as children, at the same time as it gives the area with firewood a strong color.

Inside a bamboo area we find a Norwegian and a Danish girl. Nearly invisible between the strong vertical lines, they made an oval shape of dead brown leafs. The shape has a circled opening on top that unfold a small new bamboo coming. Again maybe a kind of protection.

Two Swedish girls included one earlier EF-student has given the Wisteria by the pathway a contrast with read leafs and thin vertical lines of stems. The leafs was sewed together with pine-tree needle’s to make a flat carpet look alike. It is placed in a way that really changes the focus of the Wisteria, - from the beautiful flowers that everybody sees to the fantastic shapes and sizes of the stems.

Hanbury got a few new details’ this Sunday, which a lot of visitors showed interest for.

We hope that next year, it will get more…
Siv and Runi in Italy
 Text and photo: Siv Engen Heimdahl and Runi Kristfoffersen
Oppdatert 01.10.2015