Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva has introduced a masterclass to uncover the art of floristry and create stunning floral arrangements. Participants will learn insider techniques to style gorgeous bouquets, understanding which colours and varieties work best to create the perfect floral sculpture. Launching on 23 June 2022, the masterclass is taught by leading Swiss floral stylist Serge Marzetta.
Born in Neuchatel northeast of Geneva, Marzetta studied landscape horticulture and, at the beginning of his career, worked alongside Thérèse Grübert, the country's celebrated florist crowned Worldwide Florist Champion in 1970. Today, Marzetta is one of the many talents behind Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, crafting captivating displays that perfectly complement the interiors. Marzetta's arrangements overflow with pure creativity, drawing inspiration from travel, fashion, art, jewellery and gastronomy.
The masterclass is suitable for amateurs and advanced florists alike. "Participants will learn how to play with textures, use greenery for contrast, and give life to each flower. Each composition is unique, transferring a personal message," explained Marzetta. "As a florist, I am lucky to always work with feelings. Whether celebrating a birth or someone's life, flowers are exceptionally rich in emotions."
Marzetta locally sources flowers and plants from small producers while looking further afield to northern Italy and France. Working closely with the seasons, he adopts a sustainable approach to floristry. Summer, for example, sees him use sunflowers, while in spring, roses, peonies, hydrangeas and fleur-de-lys are among his favourites.
With the masterclass, guests can let their imaginations run wild and take their flower arranging skills to the next level as they give life to bunches of wonderful seasonal blooms. At the start of the course, participants are supplied with a selection of flowers, learning how to care for and condition them to make them ready for use. They will uncover how best to clean the flowers, strip the leaves, and prune the stems before assembling their bouquet. Serge will also teach participants how to display their arrangement in a vase, focusing on balance, unity and harmony. With a maximum of 12 participants, the class size aims to offer supportive learning and one-to-one support.
Marzetta will equip participants with the fundamental skills used in floristry, building their confidence and providing practical guidance on floral artistry. He will closely guide participants, revealing his top tips and tricks on what makes a beautiful floral arrangement and simplifying the techniques needed to create stunning displays. "Each participant will be able to let their creativity shine. The final bouquet will reflect the individual's character and emotions," said Marzetta.
The masterclass will take place in the first-floor Salon Petit Mont Blanc, boasting scenic views of Lake Geneva and the Jet d'Eau, an impressive fountain that is one of the city's landmarks. At the end of the class, participants can soak up the stunning views while conversing with Marzetta over a selection of canapés and champagne.