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June 9, 2021

Laurie Starke floral design seminar June 24 at Weston

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The four-hour “Fun With Flowers” workshop will take place at Weston, an 18th-century homestead near Casanova. Proceeds will support establishment of on-profit education and art center there.
Laurie Starke launched a floral design business in 1987.
Professional floral designer Laurie Starke will conduct a workshop Thursday, June 24, at historic Weston near Casanova.

The “Fun With Flowers” workshop, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will cover the mechanics and design of various styles of flower arranging. The $100 fee, which covers everything except clippers, will support the establishment of a non-profit education and art center at Weston.

The deadline for registration is Friday, June 18.

To register or for more information, call 540-229-0114.

Checks, payable to the Warrenton Antiquarian Society, should be mailed to P.O. Box 239, Warrenton, Va. 20188.

The workshop leader in 1987 started Lauren Starke Floral Design, creating arrangements and large flower features for events, weddings and parties. She later conducted several workshops at the William Woodward School of Fine Art in Warrenton.

Born to two gardeners – a mother who painted and arranged flowers for the home and a geologist father who tended roses and played jazz – Ms. Starke moved from California to Fauquier County after marrying landscape architect Barry Starke, founder of Earth Design Inc.

As newlyweds, they lived at Weston, which Mr. Starke had rented as a bachelor.

A stately Victorian encompassing an early 19th-century log cabin and surrounded by masses of old daffodils and native flowers, Weston remains gardener’s paradise. While living there, Ms. Starke became inspired by the Nourse women who lived at Weston and made their living primarily by painting, graphic arts and opening their home to others as a girls’ camp and soldiers retreat during World War II. Ms. Starke, who commuted to D.C. to work as a science writer and editor, began planting her own garden, joined the Warrenton Garden Club and the Warrenton Antiquarian Society and began studying horticulture and flower arranging.

As her interest and commitment to flowers and gardening grew, Ms. Starke expanded her involvement, showing, teaching, judging and serving on committees with the Garden Club of Virginia and the Garden Club of America.
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