The Scent of Summer Workshop with Abigail and Mike was just amazing!! I LOVED it. The studio itself was so welcoming and homely and triggered lots of creativity. I learnt lots from cutting, storing, feeding and growing your own flowers as well as creating the wonderful floral masterpiece. The candlemaking with the lovely bearded Mike was just as much fun experimenting with the scents. Can’t wait to burn my own candles...
— Claire Egan - Scent of Summer alumni

The highly anticipated third event from PETAL & The Bearded Candle Makers is here. In a Seasonal series of masterclasses, where we spend the day exploring the Seasons - in this class, the first signs of Spring - inspired by tender, beautiful, highly scented blooms, flowering blossom branches and budding leaves - our Workshops explore the inextricably linked relationship between Flowers & Fragrance. As the days draw out, and we turn our attention to the garden, and the scents springing from the damp earth, looking forward to time outdoors, and the warm season's ahead, this is our chance to revel in the very first beauties provided by Mother Nature. Appreciating the cycle of growth and rebirth, capturing those feelings in Scent and with natural floral arrangements.

In the morning, PETAL studio’s Abigail will demonstrate how to create a fresh, scented and natural floral arrangement using eco-friendly Oasis free techniques. You will then have the opportunity to design your own arrangement to take home (similar to the ones pictured), alive with the textures and Scents of Spring - all under Abigail’s expert guidance and tuition.

Abigail is on a mission to exclusively use UK & Irish grown blooms and foliage (April-late October) to be truly in tune with what is growing natively season on season, and these, along with foraged leaves, blossom and garden goodies will have you in floral heaven.

Following a delicious, antipasti lunch with home baked bread, the afternoon will focus your attention on scent building and candle making with one of Belfast’s celebrated “Bearded Candle Makers”.

Mike will skilfully guide you through designing an exquisite fragrance blend for Scented Candles that captures the spirit of Spring, using the most luxurious essential oils, and eco-friendly soy wax, inspired by the blooms used in the earlier part of the day and the scent stories the Season of Spring holds. Your very own, unique, bespoke fragrance, will then be used to scent three hand-poured, soy wax candles to take home… Mike will then turn his attention to teaching you how to make your very own beeswax tapered candles, which are incredible for purifying and grounding ritual!

While the candles set, the day ends with a relaxing coffee and chat, along with some delectable treats supplied by The Lily Pink Bakery- Belfast’s coolest cupcakes!

You can read the blog post & see more images from our previous (some peppered through this page!) PETALXBCM masterclass right HERE!

Thoroughly enjoyed the “Scent of Summer” full day workshop.
Abi provided the most heavenly blooms for us to work with and gave us expect tuition, allowing us to leave at the end of the day with arrangements to die for!
Abi is artistically talented and a natural teacher: She inspired us beyond our natural abilities. In addition, the afternoon candle making session with Mike was fun and I adore the unique scented candles that I hand poured! Will be back!
— Leonie Ewing - Scent of Summer alumni