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Workshop + Flora & Fauna Fashion Show

Date: April 29 - May 2, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

Location: Hope Flower Farm | Waterford, Virginia

(Note: Designers who meet the Chapel Designer criteria will have the option of becoming a Chapel Designer at the conclusion of the workshop. For criteria: click here)

Image courtesy of   Emily Gude Photography

Image courtesy of Emily Gude Photography

Join us at Hope Flower Farm for an adventure of learning and creating under the direction of world renowned floral artist Gregor Lersch and Chapel Designers Founder Holly Chapple with special guest teachers Francoise Weeks Hitomi Gilliam, Susan Mcleary and Alison Ellis. We'll spend each day on the serene grounds of Hope Flower Farm studying the mechanics and design aesthetics perfected by our highly sought after teachers. Our time together will draw to a close with a Flora & Fauna Fashion Show where you will see your work hit the runway worn by some very special models.

Image courtesy of   Victoria Heer Photography

Image courtesy of Victoria Heer Photography


Gregor Lersch & Holly Chapple

Image courtesy of   Victoria Heer

Image courtesy of Victoria Heer

From Holly: In 2016 we produced a powerful and exciting Flora and Fauna Fashion Show in NYC. The show was one of our most remarkable events. After purchasing Hope Flower Farm, we had a new vision for the Flora and Fauna Fashion show to be born again in the dairy barn at Hope. We imagined models walking the runway (aka feeding trough) in the dairy barn. We're excited to bring the concept to life at this workshop with the help of our instructor world-renowned designer Gregor Lersch. Designers Francoise Weeks, Hitomi Gilliam and Susan McLeary will also provide short sessions as our esteemed guest teachers.  I will be instructing on a small scale and will be offering our business courses alongside Alison Ellis. In addition, we have joined up with Team Mathias and Along Comes Hope, which are organizations that benefit youth with pediatric cancer. Our fashion show models will be courageous cancer survivors. We will fully decorate the dairy barn in preparation for the show and make wearable designs for our models throughout the week . The fashion show portion of the workshop will surely be a powerful and moving experience. Tickets will be sold to the public for the fashion show and any proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to our two charities.

We have intentionally set the dates and times of this workshop so that wedding and event designers can still provide services on the weekend prior to the workshop and the weekend after the workshop.

Attendees should know that the barns at Hope are not temperature controlled. In addition we are providing this schedule as a guideline. However we have a very comfortable and casual vibe on the farm. Many of our teachers (myself included) like to stay late into the evening discussing design or prepping for the following day. Gregor is known for that. This late nighttime is not something I can promise, but I would highly advise you to keep your schedule open in the evening in case you would like to stay. Students who need to leave at the end of the day are often torn about leaving. At the very least we will gather on the porches or in the barn to talk. The evenings are some of my most favorite times at the farm.

Guest Teachers:


Sunday, April 29th

Lunch is not provided on this day but snacks will be available throughout the workshop.

1 pm  - Opening remarks and welcome to Hope Flower Farm

2 pm – Demonstrations and Theory with Gregor Lersch

5:30 pm - Business Coaching with Holly Chapple and Alison Ellis

6:30 pm - Official end of Day 1


Monday, April 30th

8:30 am – Demonstration - Francoise Weeks 

10:00 am - Break

10:15 am - Demonstration by Hitomi Gilliam (snacks provided during demonstration)

12:00 pm - Lunch served

12:45 pm - Demonstrations and design time with Gregor Lersch

3:15 pm -  15-minute break

3:30 pm - Resume demonstrations and design time with Gregor Lersch

5:30 pm - Business with Holly Chapple and Alison Ellis

6:30 pm - Official end of Day 2


Tuesday, May 1st

8:30 am - Demonstration - Susan McLeary

10:00 am - Gregor Lersch - Continued education and design time

12:30 pm - Lunch served

1:30 pm - Design time with Gregor Lersch creating pieces for the fashion show and decorating the runway of the barn

3:30 pm -  15-minute break

3:45 pm - Resume design time with Gregor Lersch creating pieces for the fashion show and decorating the runway of the barn

5:30 pm - Official end of Day 3


Wednesday, May 2nd Final Day

8:30 am - Final preparations to the runway and dairy barn (must be complete by 10:30 am)

11:30 am - Floral & Fauna Fashion Show begins (Tickets will be sold to this event to raise money for cancer charities. Attendees will be seated as guests at this event.) 

2 pm - Fashion Show concludes

2 pm - Official end of CD Workshop event - Students may depart according to travel schedules or work obligations. Attendees who would like to stay are welcome to stay on for visiting and celebrating.


$2600 (includes light breakfast and lunch)


Note: We will be designing in the barn and on the grounds of Hope Flower Farm. The barn is not climate controlled. You'll want to dress comfortably for full days of designing!

Accommodation Near Hope Flower Farm:

Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm  571.209.1450

Idyll Time Farm  703.443.2992

Hampton Inn & Suites  703.669.8640

Comfort Suites 703.669.1650

Homewood Suites  571.258.1031

Earlier Event: April 8
Chapel Designers Scotland