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Spring Workshop at Chantecler

Master Class – Chantecler Queenstown New Zealand.

An inspired two-day workshop with Melanie Stapleton of Cecilia Fox.
Melanie Stapleton of Melbourne based floral studio Cecilia Fox would love you to join her for an unforgettable two-day workshop this Spring at the beautiful Chantecler Gardens in Queenstown, New Zealand. Melanie is one of Melbourne’s most accomplished and influential florists, she has a passion for community and is excited to share her knowledge, her creative process and insight into the floral industry. Hosted by the breathtaking Chantecler Gardens, this inaugural two-day collaboration will be an inspiring floral escape and an opportunity to learn from Melanie and work with some incredible flora grown in the established gardens and foraged from the lanes and roadside surrounding the property.
In Spring, the garden is alive with colour, with snowdrops, tulips, bluebells and daffodils planted in a palette of brilliant colours. At the same time, the early and midseason rhododendrons and azaleas are in flower creating a magical wonderland amongst the majestic mountains that surround the garden.
The Spring Masterclass is intended to be an intimate and generous workshop, bearing this in mind, numbers are limited.

To book email Michele at

Spring Masterclass Program
Friday, October 18 - 2019 10am - 4pm
Saturday 19th October - 2019 10am - 4pm
Day One - The day starts with a tour of the gardens followed by light refreshments
and a talk by Melanie. Mel will demonstrate a spring bouquet and vase arrangement. We will then make our way to the picking garden where you have the opportunity to select and pick all of the flowers for your arrangement.

A simple picnic lunch in the gardens before we are back in the potting shed where we will start creating our own arrangements under the guidance of Melanie. During the day a photographer will be on hand to document the day and photograph your work.

Day Two - We will start the day in the potting shed with co ee and pastries, • then make our way to the hay barn where the making will take place. Melanie will • demonstrate a large scale installation using a number of foam-free techniques. We will forage from around the property, hawthorn, elder ower, grasses and foliage and together create a large scale installation.
Our day finishes with a sumptuous late lunch in the paddock with food from Lavish Grazing and a selection of local wines.
A photographer will be on hand during the day to document and photograph your work.


  • Foam free discussions and techniques.
  • Honest and generous question and answer opportunities.
  • A once in a lifetime chance to personally pick from Chantecler’s cutting garden.
  • Your choice of incredible flowers and foraged plant material from the gardens.
  • Hands-on flowering on both a small and large scale.
  • Floral snips supplied.
  • Cecilia Fox vase from Lightly Design, Melbourne.
  • Cecilia Fox Tote Bag.
  • Cecilia Fox Apron.
  • Personal garden tour with Mike, the master of Chantecler Gardens.
  • Professional photographs of the day and your work, for you to use as you choose.
  • Open invitation to Day 3 discussion and demonstration.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on day 1 and long luxurious lunch and wine on day two. Plus plenty of delicious snacks and coffee!
  • Individual and group instruction and feedback from Melanie.

Total investment - $2000 NZD
Travel, accommodation & transport to and from the farm is NOT included. Upon booking, a list of hotel recommendations close by will be provided. To book email Michelle at

To book email Michele at

Industry Demonstration & Talk
Sunday, October 20th - 2019. 10am - 12:30pm
Melanie has a passion to share her story and cultivate a supportive international flowering community. We will begin with a talk covering the birth and growth of Cecilia Fox as well as chat about her inspiration and share her wealth of industry knowledge. Come with your thoughts and questions, nothing is taboo!
If you are based in the south but can’t make our masterclass this is a great opportunity to learn and be inspired by an industry expert.
At the completion of this talk, you are invited to explore the gardens at your leisure.

Total investment - $150 NZD
$50 from each ticket will be donated to local community help centre Happiness House.

To book email Michele at


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