Floral Design Classes

Learn the art of floral design and flower arranging through hands-on workshops and demonstrations.  Courses include traditional and modern styles of floral art and instruction in a variety of settings, ranging from step-by-step classes to sophisticated workshops and programs.

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Class Schedule December 2015-April 2016


Holiday Designs Series

Artificial Wreath Workshop | December 4 or December 5

Join Garden Shop Staff for this fun and creative workshop to help you design and make your very own holiday wreath!

Fresh Boxwood Trees for Holiday Decoration | December 6

Create a 15″ boxwood tree and decorate it. Learn tips and tricks to change out or refresh your tree for special occasions.  Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

Making Fairy Houses with Dried Natural Materials

Beginner Adult/Child Workshops | December 5 or December 12

Learn what goes into these unique creations and make one of your own to take home, under the guidance of horticulturist Shannon Smith and experienced staff and volunteers.  (Children ages 5 and up with accompanying adult)

Intermediate Adult/Child Workshops | December 5 or December 12

Veterans of past fairy house workshop and accomplished crafters are welcomed in this workshop during which they create one whimsical house.  (Adults, or adults with children ages 10 and up)

Arranging for the Altar: Floral Design in Religious Spaces | January 9

Horticulturist Dawn Lerch and designer David Pippin help you learn how to design and execute exciting and  long-lasting arrangements for church settings that are also appropriate and inexpensive.

Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | January 19, 21, 26, 28, February 2 OR February 23, 25, March 1, 3, 8

Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements.  Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

Glass Class: Terrariums, Dish Gardens, and Pot-et-Fleur | January 26

Keep a green spot in your home all year round with one of these traditional landscapes-in-miniature.  Instructor: Laura Ann Brooks.

Lunchtime Lecture: Dueling Designers Do Tropicals | February 17

Snap out of the winter doldrums as David Pippin and Al Brockwell, two Richmond designers known for their creativity and exciting floral creations, take on tropical plants.

Beginning Botany | February 17, 24, March 2, 9

Learn about the ‘secret life of plants’ with instructor Sheila Hayden.  This class introduces you to the way plants make food, grow, and reproduce.

Floral Design with Tropicals | March 22, 29

Brighten up gray winter days with tropical flowers and greens. Instructor Mimi Cassick shows you how to create stunning, designs with these exotic materials.

Basic Floral Design, Part 2 | April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3

This class continues Mimi Cassick’s beginning class:  expand your knowledge of composition, cut flower preparation, and mechanics for various types of arrangements.



Interested in gaining a thorough foundation in the art of floral design?

Explore our Floral Design Certificate Program.

Explore the Certificate