The Floral Design Certificate program offers the most extensive course of study available in the region, covering all aspects of floral design. The history and progression of floral design is integrated into each class so that students know how and why arrangements are done in a particular way. Participants are also provided with a strong foundation for building upon their own creativity and imagination.

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Basic Floral Design: An Introduction to Western Geometric Arranging | Rose Grealish, CFD

Wednesdays: Jan. 16, 23 and 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, March 6, 13 (Snow date: March 20) | 7 – 9 p.m. Please note new dates since brochure printing.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $280 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to construct symmetrical and combination arrangements, incorporating widely accepted principles of design
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Many forms of floral arrangement are based on western geometric style. Use this as a solid foundation to learn design principles, flower conditioning and mechanical techniques. Floral Design Certificate core course

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Basic Floral Design class.

Bridal Work | Sarah Needham

Mondays: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 and 18, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Snow date: April 1) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $280 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to begin to put together arrangements for and service a wedding
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Discover the potential of wedding arrangements, bouquets, flower preparation, basing materials and mechanical techniques and styles. Plus, learn how to pack and transport bridal work and how to set up for and service weddings. Floral Design Certificate core course

The Art of Armillary | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursdays: Feb. 21 and 28, March 7 and 14 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $140 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to build armillary frameworks and marry them with fresh floral displays
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

An old favorite reinvented, learn to use twigs, bamboo, grasses and wire to achieve unique floral displays featuring diverse design techniques. Floral Design Certificate elective

Corsage and Body Flowers | Rose Kocher

Tuesdays: Feb. 26, March 5, 12, and 19 | 7 – 9 p.m. Please note new dates.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $80 ($20 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create current fashion jewelry and accessories using flowers, greenery, ribbon and more
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Learn how to construct body flowers — from basic to couturier, and from traditional to more creative styles. Discover how to create boutonnieres, corsages, wristlets, floral jewelry, accessories and headpieces for special occasions using hand-wrapping and gluing techniques. Floral Design Certificate core course

Monobotanical Arrangements | Sarah Needham

Wednesdays: March 6, 13 and 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $105 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to arrange a design using only flowers that are closely related to one another
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Monobotanical arranging is the technique of using only plants/flowers that are closely related to one another. Learn which flowers and plants are related and how to take seemingly very different blooms and put them together for a cohesive look. Floral Design Certificate elective

Pavé Floral Design II | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Mondays: March 11, 18 and 25 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $105 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create artistic Pavé design compositions using more advanced techniques
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Pavé Floral Design I

Building on skills and techniques developed in the basic Pavé class, explore new design concepts each week to create artistic, unique Pavé arrangements. Use parallel or angled insertions of short stemmed materials to design a low uniform composition with minimal variation in depth. Floral Design Certificate elective

Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Mon., April 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use creative techniques for wrapping bouquets of fresh cut flowers for gifting in a beautiful presentation
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn techniques to arrange and wrap impressive presentation bouquets in the European way. Explore wrap materials suitable for everything from small, hand-held posies to a large presentation style bouquet. Assemble and wrap in class. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Table Décor for Entertaining | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Mondays: April 8, 15 and 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $105 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design and create floral designs to decorate a meal or party
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Learn to effectively estimate, plan and create the perfect tablescape based on the occasion, event theme and table sizes. A selection of creative and unique table settings will use readily available containers and supplies, refreshing your ideas for future entertaining. Floral Design Certificate elective