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 2018

NOTE: Online registration opens Wednesday, August 1, at 7 am.

Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | FULL August 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 OR September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18

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


Design From Nature: Fall | September 19

Honor fall’s rich textures and colors in this workshop. 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. Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks


Design Styles: Victorian and English Garden | September 20, 27

Explore the classic floral design styles of formal Victorian and loose, open, airy English Garden. David Pippin explains the characteristics of these flower-full styles, and leads you through the creation of your own expression of them.


Ikebana of Richmond: Ellen Gordon Allen Lecture | October 4

Celebrate the art of Japanese Flower arranging at the Ellen Gordon Allen Annual Lecture/Demonstration featuring Rumiko Manako, Professor of Ikenobo Tokyo Busoukai, President of Manako Flower Academy, President of Manako Jafas Paris, and Special Instructor of Society National Horticulture de France.


Basic Floral Design, Part 2 | October 9, 11, 16, 18, 23

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 30, November 1, 6, 8, 13

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.


Dueling Designers Do Holiday Designs | Wednesday, November 14 (Originally published as Thursday, 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!


Holiday Floral Design Workshops

Dueling Designers Do Holiday Designs | Wednesday, November 14 (Originally published as Thursday, 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!

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. Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks

Fresh Wreaths with Natural Materials | December 4

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 11

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

 

The Winter/Spring 2019 season of classes will publish on November 28, 2018.

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