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 2022-April 2023

 

Holiday Wreath Workshop: Indoors | December 10 IN-PERSON

Join designers David Pippin and Mimi Cassick at the Garden to create a unique holiday wreath. Use common evergreens to create a base wreath on a straw form, then add accent greens cut from the Garden’s collections and various decorations, including a bow.


Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | January 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 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. Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements. Instructor: Mimi Cassick


Basic Floral Design, Part 1 | February 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 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. Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements. Instructor: Mimi Cassick


Tropicals Winter Workshop | February 18 IN-PERSON

David Pippin shows you how to liven up the short, cold days of winter by going “wild and crazy” with branches and foliage from the winter garden and some bright tropicals to add a welcome dash of warmth. Enjoy this class as a warm up for the March 21 Plants, Cuisine and Culture webinar on Hawaiian cuisine with chef Sheldon Simeon.


Basic Floral Design, Part 2 | March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 IN-PERSON

This class continues Mimi Cassick’s beginning class: learn variations and improve your skills in the elements and principles of design, composition, cut flower preparation and mechanics (underpinnings) while exploring different types of arrangements, including crescent, long and low and naturalistic style.


Winter into Spring: Working with Winter Garden Materials | March 9 IN-PERSON

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. Use a variety of winter-hardy materials found in Central Virginia and your own container to create a design bridging winter and spring.

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