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Houseplant Festival Talk | Drying Flowers: From Amaranth to Yarrow

This talk is part of the Houseplant Festival, which runs 23-24 October 2021.

As summer comes to an end, autumn blooms are perfect for drying and will brighten up your home throughout the winter.

Join Carolyn Dunster (author of Cut and Dry), Yolly Chiaramello (founder of south east London flower shop Yolly) and Zena Alkayat (founder of Bloom Magazine) discuss the best flowers for drying and how to do it at home.


  • Zena Alkayat

    Zena Alkayat

    Zena Alkayat is the founder and editor in chief of Bloom. Bloom is an independent magazine for gardeners, plant admirers and nature lovers, inspiring everyone to find a deeper relationship with the outdoors. The 10th anniversary issue published in autumn 2021, and it's full of practical and colourful stories, from how to grow roses and spruce up your winter pots to stories about organic Christmas trees and a convent that has turned to permaculture.

  • Jane Caston

    Jane Caston


  • Yolly Chiaramello

    Yolly Chiaramello

    Yolly, is a Floral designer flower and plant shop owner with a previous career in photojournalism.

    She has worked with some incredible floral designers, Shane Connolly, Flora Starkey, Jamjar Flowers, That Flower Shop, provided florals for film premieres, large and small scale weddings and events, before opening her own Flower shop in 2018.

    Runs workshops, regularly crowd funds events for young people in both secondary and primary schools, vulnerable adults. The year Yolly exhibited, a natural dye installation at Hampton Court Flower festival, involving four different organisations. Wandsworth Hospital School, Horniman Primary School, Forest Hill School, Sydenham Gardens.

    Dried Flowers are a huge part of our ethos and what we do at Yolly, regularly drying floral waste in store, pressing, and using for in our natural dyes for our ribbons for weddings.

  • Carolyn Dunster

    Carolyn Dunster

    Carolyn is a botanical stylist, planting designer and garden writer. She trained at the Inchbald School of Garden Design and creates planting schemes for small urban plots. She grows as many flowers as possible in her own tiny garden in north London to use in her cut flower work. Urban Flowers, published by Frances Lincoln in 2017, shows readers how to do this themselves. Her second book, Cut & Dry, a modern guide to growing flowers for drying and styling was published in May by Laurence King.
    Carolyn writes widely about flowers, plants and productive gardens for various UK gardening and lifestyle magazines and exhibits her work at garden shows and flower festivals. In 2016 she staged a small cutting garden at Hampton Court Flower Show that won a silver medal and the RHS People’s Choice award.
    Follow her on Instagram @carolynrdunster

Image: Images from Cut and Dry by Carolyn Dunster