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.

Classes are offered in-person, as synchronous (live) online programs, or using hybrid methods with both in-person and virtual content.  Class delivery methods are denoted next to each listing as VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, or HYBRID.  Please note Covid-19 related requirements for in-person classes.  All guidelines are subject to change.

Class Schedule December 2021 – April 2022

Holiday Wreath Workshop | December 11 OR December 15 IN-PERSON

Join us in the Garden to create a unique holiday wreath. Use common evergreens to create a base wreath on a wire form, then add accent greens cut from the Garden’s collections and various decorations, including a bow. Work outdoors in a safely distanced setting to complete your wreath.


Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | January 18, 20, 25, 27, February 1 IN-PERSON

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


Arranging for the Altar | January 22 IN-PERSON

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. Designs emphasize using common garden greens and purchased material as accents.


Arranging From the Winter Garden | February 15 VIRTUAL

David Pippin looks to the winter garden for a surprising selection of color, line, and texture with which to design, highlighted with a thoughtful selection of floral materials. Design along with David using a list of winter-hardy materials found in Central Virginia and container selections, or send him your images later for comment.


Basic Floral Design, Part 2 | February 22, 24, March 1, 3, 8 IN-PERSON

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


A Spring Surprise | March 17 IN-PERSON

Bring spring inside! Create an evocative, garden-y arrangement with David Pippin as your guide. Learn what materials could be included that would unfold leaves or blooms over the life of the design. Some limited materials cut from the Garden’s collection are available.

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