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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.

Current Classes

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Floral Design

Outdoor Evergreen Décor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It’s recommended to watch the class as a demo, then design your décor following the course.
Objective: To be able to design attractive and long-lasting winter displays for your home
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to enhance your home’s curb appeal during the winter season with outdoor décor. Polly will design unique outdoor arrangements based with evergreens in a pedestal urn and decorative porch container options that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed. Instructional guidelines will be provided with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Modern Approach to the Holiday Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to create a sculptural holiday centerpiece
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior flower class completed.

In this class, students will see how to make an armature to create extra interest for their holiday centerpiece. Various techniques will be displayed, and a discussion on design elements in order to create the best piece possible will be included. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, December 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Instructional guidelines will be provided with container and evergreen options, natural botanicals, ribbon yardages and décor accent ideas. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Level: Beginner to intermediate; Basic floral design recommended, but not required
Prerequisites: None

Using a variety of natural materials and winter foliage, create a classic urn arrangement. This design features fresh evergreens with natural cones and pods, accented with faux berries and trims for winter seasonal appeal. Learn how this piece can be personalized to your home décor with the addition of unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Creative Holiday Design with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursday, Dec. 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Light up and learn the mechanics to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Enhance the holiday for your home or as a gift giving idea with lanterns. Imaginative and versatile ideas will be created using fresh and artificial materials. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Deck the Halls Series

Full series: $120 members | $147 nonmembers

Basic Bow Making Lunch and Learn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Nov. 19 | noon – 12:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to make classic bows for your holiday decorating
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn to create classic bows for indoor or outdoor holiday decorating. Instructional guidelines on ribbon materials, widths, and yardage estimates will also be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Door Décor for the Holidays | Rose Grealish CFD

Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To learn to make and decorate a wreath or swag for your holiday door.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None 

Personalize your home for the holidays!  Rose will demonstrate the mechanics needed to actually make your own wreath or swag with live materials.  You can decide if you want to work along, if you’d like to purchase a live wreath from a nursery or garden center to decorate yourself, or to just observe for inspiration. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Outdoor Evergreen Décor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It’s recommended to watch the class as a demo, then design your décor following the course.
Objective: To be able to design attractive and long-lasting winter displays for your home
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to enhance your home’s curb appeal during the winter season with outdoor décor. Polly will design unique outdoor arrangements based with evergreens in a pedestal urn and decorative porch container options that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed. Instructional guidelines will be provided with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Modern Approach to the Holiday Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to create a sculptural holiday centerpiece
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior flower class completed.

In this class, students will see how to make an armature to create extra interest for their holiday centerpiece. Various techniques will be displayed, and a discussion on design elements in order to create the best piece possible will be included. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD 

Thursday December 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Instructional guidelines will be provided with container and evergreen options, natural botanicals, ribbon yardages and décor accent ideas. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Level: Beginner to intermediate; Basic floral design recommended, but not required
Prerequisites: None

Using a variety of natural materials and winter foliage, create a classic urn arrangement. This design features fresh evergreens with natural cones and pods, accented with faux berries and trims for winter seasonal appeal. Learn how this piece can be personalized to your home décor with the addition of unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Creative Holiday Design with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursday Dec. 17, | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Light up and learn the mechanics to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Enhance the holiday for your home or as a gift giving idea with lanterns. Imaginative and versatile ideas will be created using fresh and artificial materials. Floral Design Certificate elective

Green with Envy: Designing with Fab Foliage | Rose Grealish CFD

Thurs., Jan. 14 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $30 non-members | Materials Pick-up: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join us to explore 'floral' designs without using actual flowers.  Learn various techniques to manipulate greens to create the 'flowers' you'll use to create a design that will challenge both your crafting and design skills.  In this project, it's truly all about the greens!  Floral Design Certificate Elective

Corsage and Body Works | Sarah Needham

Wednesdays: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$96 members | $106 nonmembers | Materials not included; supply list will be sent before class
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Valentine’s Day Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Thurs., Feb. 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | Materials Pick-up: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

In this class, students will create an interesting 3- dimensional heart arrangement that can be propped up, laying down or even hung on a door or wall. Skills learned will include creating an armature, optimal flower placement and best materials to use for similar designs. Floral Design Certificate Elective

Fresh Ideas for Arranging with Roses | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thurs., Feb. 25 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | Materials Pick-up: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use design techniques to showcase roses in a variety of forms.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: none

Love roses, but tired of the same old standard bouquets? Roses lend themselves well in many design styles. Explore a variety of ways to feature these beautiful blooms in arrangements around your home and make a design of your own for your home or to give as a gift.  Floral Design Certificate elective

Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thurs., March 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $ 30 nonmembers | Materials Pick-up fee: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To learn creative techniques for wrapping bouquets of fresh cut flowers for gifting in a beautiful presentation.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None 

It’s all in the details; learn techniques to arrange and wrap impressive presentation bouquets in the European way.  Students will learn to properly prep and arrange two different bouquet styles from beginning to finish, which can be assembled and wrapped in class. Instructional design notes will be provided.  Floral Design Certificate Elective 

Spring Door Wreath | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thurs., March 18 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | Materials Pick-up: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create a spring wreath made of permanent botanicals.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: none

Ready to shed that winter look and usher in spring? Brighten up your door with this spring inspired wreath made with permanent botanicals that you can use from year to year.  The class will also the how to choose quality permanent botanicals, and showcase other inspiring door décor. Floral Design Certificate elective

Creating a Spring Bulb Container Garden | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thurs. Apr. 8 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$ 25 members | $30  non-members |  Materials Pick-up: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create a spring bulb plant garden in a decorative container
Level:  Beginner
Prerequisite:  None

Learn to create a refreshing live bulb plant garden to enjoy as the blooms emerge and open.  Learn how to properly arrange the plants and finish with moss and trims for a natural finished look. The potted bulb plants can later be separated and planted in your home garden to rebloom next year.  Instructional notes will be provided.  Floral Design Certificate Elective

Make Your Own Boho-Style Bouquet | Sarah Needham

Thurs., Apr. 29 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | Materials Pick-up: $50
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

In this class, students will learn how to create the trendy bohemian style bouquet using an assortment of fresh and dried materials. We will discuss how the shape, color and textures play into the style and what kind of ribbon to use to complete the look. Floral Design Certificate Elective