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 2017

 

Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | August 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 FULL

Learn how to create the basic shapes and styles of floral designs—the building blocks for true creativity.  This course will introduce you to techniques and styles commonly used by professionals.   Instructor: Mimi Cassick


Basic Floral Design, Part 2 | September 7, 12, 14, 19, 21

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


Lunchtime Lecture: Farm to Table: Arranging with Locally Sourced Materials | September 21 

Designer David Pippin creates arrangements from materials found locally, and, as a plus, shows you techniques to stabilize your arrangements without the use of floral foam or other petroleum-based products.


Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn how to create the basic shapes and styles of floral designs—the building blocks for true creativity.  This course will introduce you to techniques and styles commonly used by professionals.   Instructor: Mimi Cassick


Wedding Floral Design | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Make a wedding truly unique by creating your own floral decorations!  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.


Ikebana of Richmond Ellen Gordon Allen Lecture | October 12

Celebrate the art of Japanese Flower arranging at the Ellen Gordon Allen Annual Lecture/Demonstration featuring Sozan Nakamura, Master Instructor from the Sogetsu Foundation Headquarters in Tokyo.


Design from Nature: Fall | October 24

Create a naturalistic design using items from the forest and fresh flowers for a different, and elegant, take on a harvest-themed decoration for late fall. Designer Laura Anne Brooks shows you how to create a unique seasonal design.


Botany for Floral Designers | November 11, 18

Current and aspiring floral designers can delve into the life of flowering plants to understand how they grow and their botanical characteristics.  Botanist Jill Spear introduces ways to understand the external structure of plants, how they are grouped in scientific classification, and the characteristics of various families of plants.


Holiday Design Series

Lunchtime Lecture: Dueling Designers Do Holiday Designs | November 15

Designers David Pippin and Al Brockwell return for this popular face off, as they take whatever the Garden throws at them to create designs suitable for the holiday season!

Wreaths and More from Nature | November 28

Learn to use the textures and colors of the late fall and early winter landscape to create wreaths, swags, or other hanging designs for your holiday décor. Designer Laura Anne Brooks helps you create elegant, creative decorations.

Making “Fairy Houses” with Dried Natural Materials | December 2 Morning, December 2 Afternoon, December 3 Afternoon

Learn what goes into these unique creations and make one of your own to take home, under the guidance of horticulturist Shannon Smith and volunteer Debbie Guckert.  Adults and adult/child groups  (children 5 years old and up; no more than two children per accompanying adult) create one house.

Fresh Wreaths with Natural Materials | December 11

Use fresh greens and sturdy florist materials to liven up a pre-made fresh wreath.  Embellish with a variety of decorations, and choose from attractive ribbons to finish off your design. Instructor: Mimi Cassick

Fresh Swags for Indoors or Out | December 18

Use fresh greens and sturdy florist materials to create a swag that can double as a door decoration or centerpiece.  Embellish with a variety of decorations, and choose from attractive ribbons to finish off your design. Instructor: Mimi Cassick

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