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 2019

Basic Courses

Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | August 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 OR January 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

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 | September 3, 5, 12, 17, 24

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

Wedding Floral Design | October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15

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.

Hands-On Workshops

Arranging with Local Flowers | August 15

Learn what materials can be found locally, and, as a plus, learn techniques to stabilize your arrangements without the use of floral foam or other petroleum-based products.

Container Challenge: Working with Awkward Containers | September 10

Have a container you love but just can’t make it work for a floral design? Bring your most irritating container (restrictions apply) and work with David to outsmart your design blues.

Design Styles: Monochromatic | September 30

Create a monochromatic arrangement, while reveling in the endless variations of flowers within a particular color palette. David Pippin walks you through the best ways to mix flowers of slightly different shades to create a garden-inspired, open and airy beauty.

Garlands: Not Just for Christmas! | November 20

Learn how to use different greenery, flowers, and other material to create garlands for many different occasions.  Instructor: Mary Ann Webb

Holiday Floral Workshops

Fresh Wreaths with Natural Materials | December 3

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 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.


Ikebana of Richmond Ellen Gordon Allen Demonstration | October 3

Celebrate the art of Japanese flower arrangement at the Ellen Gordon Allen Annual Lecture/Demonstration featuring Ingrid Luders,

Dueling Designers Do Holidays | November 14

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! Gather ideas for your own holiday embellishments as David and Al explain why they used materials the way they did and show off their final creations.  Light lunch included.


The Winter/Spring 2020 season of classes will publish on December 4, 2019.

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