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 2019 – April 2020

Holiday Floral Workshop

Fresh Swags for Indoors or Out | December 10

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.

Basic Courses

Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | January 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 OR February 20, 25, 27, March 3, 5

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

Basic Floral Design, Part 2 | March 24, 26, April 2, 7, 9

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

Themed Workshops

Fun with Foliage | January 13

Use foliage, branches and berries from the florist and/or garden to create interesting and unusual arrangements for your home.  Instructor David Pippin includes tips on how to add to it to make it pretty!

Floral Design with Tropicals | January 15

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

Arranging for the Altar | January 25

Designer David Pippin helps you learn how to design and execute exciting and long-lasting arrangements for religious settings that are also appropriate and inexpensive. After demonstrating various formats, David helps you create an arrangement.

Erin Go Braugh: An Irish-Themed Design | March 9

Create an arrangement that evokes the colors of the Irish flag in greens, whites, and oranges and also celebrates the coming of spring. David Pippin shows you how to incorporate sticks, moss, stones and maybe even potatoes into a perky seasonal design.

Floral Design in the French Manner | April 15

Instructor Laura Anne Brooks explores Pavé, Mil-fleur, Romantic and Modern European designs through lecture and demonstration. Participants then create a charming design in the French manner of their choice.


Lunchtime Lecture: Dueling Designers Do Tropicals | February 18

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. Gather ideas for your own winter-busting arrangements as David and Al explain why they used materials the way they did and show off their final creations.  Light lunch included.


The Spring/Summer 2020 season of classes will publish on April 1, 2020.

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