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 August-December 2015

Wedding Floral Design | September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13

Instructor Mimi Cassick will cover the basic types of wedding arrangements from centerpieces to altar pieces, with tips for keeping your creations fresh for the big day.

Contemporary Floral Design Techniques: Spheres | October 8

Take a fresh approach to a traditional globular composition for an appealing design.   Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

Holiday Designs Series

Lunchtime Lecture: Dueling Designers Do Holiday Designs | November 18

Join David Pippin and Al Brockwell, two Richmond designers known for their creativity and exciting floral creations, as they take whatever the Garden throws at them to create designs suitable for the harvest season!

Gifting: Making Living Holiday Presents | November 21

Make a gift that literally will keep on giving:  using your own container, learn to create “living gifts” including package wrap terrariums, dish gardens, hanging designs, and living ornaments.  Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks.

Fresh Thanksgiving Centerpieces | November 23

Make and take a festive harvest centerpiece that will stay fresh for your Thanksgiving table!  Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

Fresh Wreath Decorations and Ideas | November 30

Learn ways to decorate a fresh holiday wreath for your home with fresh, dried, and artificial elements.   Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

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)


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

Explore our Floral Design Certificate Program.

Explore the Certificate