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.

Vase Arrangement Design | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tuesdays: March 10, 17, 24 and 31, April 7 and 14 (Snow date: Tues., April 21) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$144 members | $164 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to effectively arrange flowers in a vase
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the design techniques and mechanics needed to create a variety of vase design styles, from more basic to higher skill level work. From classic garden to modern styles, build your knowledge with the use of foliage, armatures and different design techniques. Gain a better understanding for selecting appropriate floral, foliage and materials for vase compositions. Floral Design Certificate core course, equivalent to Vase Arrangements I and II

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 Vase Arrangement Design class.

Going Global | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesdays: March 11, 18 and 25, April 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$96 members | $106 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to incorporate globe shapes into floral displays
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Learn how to incorporate globe shapes into your floral arrangements using a diverse array of styles and design techniques. Elevate your designs and go global! Floral Design Certificate elective

Corsage and Body Flowers | Sarah Needham

Thursdays: March 19 and 26, April 2 and 9 (Snow date: Thurs., April 16) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$96 members | $106 nonmembers | Material fee: $20 per session
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

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 Corsage and Body Flowers class.

Floral Wholesaler Field Trip: Pennock Florist | Rose Grealish CFD

Sat., March 21 | 8 – 10 a.m.
$15 members | $20 nonmembers

Objective: To be familiar with one of Pittsburgh’s wholesale floral shops
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Explore one of Pittsburgh’s floral wholesalers. Typically only registered businesses can shop a the wholesalers, but all students will be permitted to make purchases after the tour concludes.

Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wed., April 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$24 members | $29 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create and wrap bouquets in the Parisian style
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

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 or the next Parisian Wrapped Bouquets class.

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

Tuesdays: Jan. 14, 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 18, and 25, Mar. 3 and 10 (Snow date: Mar. 24) | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. New Session Added!

$192 members | $222 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
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

Registration for this class is now closed.

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

Wednesdays: Jan. 15, 22 and 29, Feb. 5, 19 and 26, March 4, 11 (Snow date: Thursday, Mar. 12) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please note new dates.

$192 members | $222 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
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. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, March 2, 16 and 23 (Snow date: Mon., March 30) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$192 members | $222 nonmembers
Material fee: $35 per session
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

Registration for this class is now closed.