Flower arranging used to be seen as being a somewhat old-fashioned pastime, but times have changed.
These days, thanks largely to Instagram, there’s a renewed interest in learning more about the art of floristry. People in their 20s and 30s who might not have a lot of experience working with flowers are taking classes to learn more about both the blooms and the skill behind arranging them.
Flower arranging works well as a social event, and is a great alternative to a night painting or cooking with friends, wine in hand. Like those popular activities, flower arranging lets you be creative for a few hours and you can enjoy what you learned afterwards.
And because flowers are proven to ease stress and anxiety, flower arranging can boost your mood while connecting you with nature - something that young urban professionals are looking for.
George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Garden Scheme, told The Guardian recently that “flower arranging can be hugely therapeutic and creative. It provides a wonderful sense of wellbeing.”
But it's not just for young adults - flower arranging is also a perfect hobby for seniors too. Along with the health benefits of exercising their fine motor skills and improving their joints, the class can combat feelings of loneliness and isolation common with seniors.
Check with your local florist to see if they have any classes available, and if plants and succulents are more your style, many places also offer classes in building terrariums too.