14-19 OF MAY


Andros is considered to be one of the greenest islands of Greece because of its natural springs and small rivers marbling the island beautifully. Spontaneous herbs and flowers grow abundantly in the surroundings, especially during Spring time, when all flowers are blossoming and the whole Andros perfumes intensely of wild thyme and lemon blossoms. 

Andros and Mèlisses will be the perfect scenery for our floral design and styling retreat, Join us for a full 5 days workshop with Taylor Patterson, Allegra Pomilio, Letitia Clark and guest participant Nicole Franzen. This workshop is open to all levels, from enthusiasts to professionals. We’ll be hosting a small group of participants in order to allow everybody to learn and practice as much as possible.

Taylor will teach you all the basics of flower arranging and design, creating beautiful compositions for mixed arrangements. We will go foraging together, hunting for beautiful blossoms and foliage to be used in our arrangements while Letitia and Allegra will prepare a floral inspired menu, incorporating fresh herbs and flowers to our menus and Nicole will be joining our team, adding her special touch. Everyday we’ll explore Andros’ most beautiful corners, relax, gather around the table for beautiful flower arrangement classes and share wonderful meals together, and have aperitivo by the pool of course!

Here’s some more practical information about the workshop:


Mèlisses, Andros, Greece.


May 14th-19th, 2019;

Check in: from 3 pm onwards;

Check out: from 12 pm onwards.

Our Hosts:

Taylor Patterson is the founder and creative director of Fox Fodder Farm, a floral and garden design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. As a floral design company, they create custom and unique floral designs and concepts for events, installations, weddings, private residences, and editorial styling. Adapting to and exploring new ideas to aesthetically suit their clients' needs allows them to experiment with new interpretations of beauty in flowers. Named "One of Six Florists to Keep on Call" by Vogue Magazine as well as a Top Floral Designer by Martha Stewart, Fox Fodder Farm's work has been featured in numerous publications and spans from the simplest gesture to large scale installations. 

Allegra Pomilio our culinary host has been working in the field for many years. She assisted and spent time in Mimi Thorisson’s kitchen, in the heart of the French countryside. She spent two years honing her skills, studying at the Alain Ducasse Academy, as well as attending many prestigious Italian chef’s classes. Her photography and visual art background studies combined with her passion for food found perfect balance in Andros. Greece is her second home and Mèlisses is her continuous source of inspiration, gathering like minded people together to discover the wonders of the island, each time, under a different perspective.

Letitia Clark is a trained chef turned home-cook, illustrator, and writer. Her various kitchen jobs subsequently included head baker, pastry chef and chef-de-partie at Spring, pastry chef and chef-de-partie at Ellory (now Leroy) and grill chef at Morito, Hackney.At the moment she lives between Sardinia and England and she’s currently working on her first (illustrated!) recipe book, Bitter Honey, which will be published in Spring 2020, as well as a book of food cartoons. 

Nicole Franzen is an interiors, travel and food photographer based in New York City. Her photos have been published on Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, Kinfolk Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and much more. She will be documenting the whole workshop and will be sharing tips about photography and styling, helping to create wonderful flower compositions. We’re so lucky to have her joining our team !

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What’s included in our workshop:

  • 6 days & 5 nights accommodation at Mèlisses;

  • Daily cooking demos and classes, hands on practices hosted by Allegra & Letitia, showing you how to incorporate spontaneous herbs and flowers to your menus ;

  • All Flower arranging & styling classes hosted by Taylor. You will practice the basics of flower arranging and floral design on how to process flowers, how to select blooms, create compositions for mixed arrangements; styling for photoshoots and tables-capes, creating also large installations and compositions.

  • All meals during the workshop (5 dinners, 4 lunches, 5 breakfasts, aperitivos/snacks, drinks & refreshments);

  • All activities and excursions, including all transfers on the island to and from the house*;

  • Mèlisses full use of all its facilities.


  • Visits of Andros’ most beautiful villages and sightseeings;

  • Island’s excursions;

  • Getting to know and documenting locals and the island;

  • Taylor’s floral arrangement and styling classes, 

  • Meals in a local taverna;

  • Cooking classes with Letitia & Allegra, mastering the art of incorporating flowers and herbs to your recipes.

What’s not included in our workshop:

Airfare and/or Transportation to & from the island.


At Mèlisses, everything is aimed to endorse the local flora and fauna; the house is located in the exclusive and majestic bay of Paleopoli. There, underwater, you can still see the old city, once the main harbour of Andros. The bay is opposite the extraordinary scenery of Ghiaros’ island, which is still today considered legendary and protected for its marine wildlife.

The property is completely isolated with its private access to the sea. All around the house there is quietness and peace. The property has been realised by the best team of landscape designers and architects, completely respecting the surroundings by using local plants and rough stones, creating a continuous harmony with the environment. Mèlisses is surrounded by crystal waters and countryside, where wild figs and grapes grow uninhibited, together with plenty of fruit trees and its own vegetable garden.

Not to mention the elegantly thought interior design, a mixture of Hellenic antique furniture combined with a hint of Italian extravaganza. The outdoor area is designed to seduce all guests thanks to its breathtaking sea view.
Enjoy a good swim in the crystal waters of the sea or in one of its natural sea water pools while relaxing under the pergola shade, pampered by the Aegean breeze.

This is Mèlisses.


How to reach us:

Please consult our Mèlisses’ guidelines here for all details and extra assistance.

Total cost per Participant:

The Sea Urchin suite (workshop + private accommodation) BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 3500,00 €

  • double occupancy: 2450,00 €

The Red Mullet suite (workshop + private accommodation) BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 3500,00 €

  • double occupancy: 2450,00 €

The Coral Apartment (workshop + private bedroom, shared common areas) 

-Master Bedroom BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 3100,00 €

  • double occupancy: 2170,00 €

-Bunk beds BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 2800,00 €

  • double occupancy: 1960,00 €

 The Oyster Rooms (workshop + private bedroom, shared common areas) 

-Room one BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 3100,00 €

  • double occupancy: 2170,00 €

-Room two BOOKED

  • single occupancy: 3100,00 €

  • double occupancy: 2170,00 €

Cancellation Policy:

Please know that due to nature of the event, there will be no refunds or cancellations. So please ensure you are able to attend before registering. Please contact us for any additional information.

Bookings & Contacts:

If you wish to reserve your spot, please email us at 

NB: Deposit of 50% will be needed for registration and a final payment will be due March 14th, 2019.


See you soon ! xx

ph credits: Reneè Kemps; Fox Fodder Farm; Allegra Pomilio.

* NB: Andros is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades, all participants will be driven by us on 4x4 cars, as some roads may be not paved. A little bit of adventure is what we love !

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