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A natural tied funeral sheaf of early summer flowers by Galloway Flowers

Funerals inspired by nature

Flowers from the Farm members create beautiful, evocative flowers for funerals, bringing a personal touch to celebrate a life.

A natural casket spray with spring flowers and catkins. Funeral flowers by Gabriel's Garden

A beautifully informal spring casket spray with hellebores, ranunculus and catkins by Gabriel's Garden, Norfolk.

Different styles of funeral flowers

The language around funeral flowers can be confusing, so here we explain the meaning of  common words used describe arrangement styles. Don’t feel, however, that you have to choose any of these traditional formats – funeral flowers can be anything you want them to be.

Casket spray

An arrangement which sits on top of the coffin. Available in different sizes and often termed ‘double ended’ or ‘single ended’.  Double ended tapers to a point at both ends, whereas single ended has a straighter edge at the head end, tapering to a point towards the foot.  It’s often chosen as the main arrangement.

Wreath

Usually an open centred ring or sometimes an open centred heart.  These can be fully decorated, or garlanded  to cover only part of a decorative base.  Natural wreath bases can be woven willow or twiggy bases, or frames covered in moss.  Can be the main flowers or used as  additional arrangements for a funeral.

Tied sheaf

A tied sheaf is a beautifully simple form of funeral flowers. Like a large flat-backed bouquet, a sheaf is made to lie on top of the coffin and can be used instead of a casket spray or wreath. Can be used as the main flowers or as an additional arrangement for funerals.

Posy

Posy can mean different things, so check with your chosen florist. A ‘posy pad’  is a round dish (usually of floral foam) filled with flowers.  Posies can also be small tied bunches of flowers which can be attached to the sides of the coffin or placed on it as small tributes as part of the ceremony. Can also be used to decorate the wake, placed in small jars or vases.

Garland

A garland can be made of foliage, flowers or a mix of both and is wrapped around the coffin. It isn’t possible to weave flowers through willow or rattan coffins so garlands are a practical way to add flowers to the sides. Check with your undertaker if you’re not sure how the garland might be added to your chosen type of coffin and they will be able to advise you.

Swag

Swags are small ‘bars’ of flowers which can be attached to the sides and ends of the coffin and are an alternative to decorating it using a garland all the way round.  You can attach swags either in the areas between the handles, or on the ends of the coffin, or both, depending how flowery you want it to be.

A natural choice

Our flower farmers work with the seasons and create funeral flowers to reflect a person, a time and a place. With a softer, wilder feel they are as individual as the people they’re made for.

A natural woven cross decorated with grasses, flowers and crab apples by Field House Flowers, Yorkshire.

A woven funeral cross with crab apple detail by Fieldhouse Flowers, Yorkshire.

Hiking boots filled with vibrant and wild early summer flowers in shades of orange by Tuckshop Flowers, Birmingham

Favourite boots are filled with early summer flowers for a funeral by Tuckshop Flowers, Birmingham.

An understated woven wreath is decorated with tree ivy and catkins and a rustic hessian bow by Little Park Flowers.

An understated textured early spring funeral wreath by Little Park Flowers, Berkshire.

A colourful spring casket spray by the Yorkshire Dales Flower Company.

Colourful spring funeral flowers - leafy casket spray by The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company.

A pastel summer sheaf with pink roses by the Sussex Cutting Garden

A soft pastel tied funeral sheaf with garden roses by The Sussex Cutting Garden.

A small swag for a funeral attached to a wicker coffin. Tuckshop Flowers

A small swag of flowers attached to a woven coffin.

An autumn casket spray for a funeral, featuring rich dark and peachy dahlias with plumes of grass and seasonal foliage.

An autumnal casket spray with rich colours and grasses by Farhill Flowers, Monmouthshire.

An autumnal funeral sheaf with dahlias and blackberries by Blackbird Garden.

A natural tied sheaf of autumn flowers even includes a sprig of blackberries. By Blackbird Garden, Hampshire.

A tied sheaf with pampas grasses and eucalyptus by Briar Rose.

A tied sheaf by Briar Rose, Glasgow.