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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

D.I.Y. Wedding Decor Boot Camp (Demo Only) | Sarah Needham

Tues., June 1 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to describe the primary wedding flowers and arrangements

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Get a crash course on all of the major components of a wedding and pepper your instructor with questions as she demonstrates several pieces. Topics include types of bouquets, how to make a boutonniere and wrist corsage, demonstration of garland and table arrangements, as well as a discussion of the appropriate flowers to use on cakes. Get professional tips on what to make yourself versus what to leave to the professionals. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education (Both Seasons) | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Early season pickup: Tuesdays: June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 | 2 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Early season virtual classes: Wednesdays: June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Late season pickup: Tuesdays: Aug. 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 12 | 2 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Late season virtual classes: Wednesdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 1, 15 and 29, Oct. 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Both seasons: $525 members | $575 nonmembers

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements and principles of design, and lots of other tips and techniques for great looking arrangements at home. Floral Design Certificate elective 

Floral Design

Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education: Early Season | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Early season pickup: Tuesdays: June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 | 2 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Early season virtual classes: Wednesdays: June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Single season: $275 members | $305 nonmembers

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements and principles of design, and lots of other tips and techniques for great looking arrangements at home. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Fresh Cut and Plants Together | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wed., June 16 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $75 members | $80 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to successfully mix fresh cut flowers with live plants in your arrangements

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Adding live plants to your arrangements, such as air plants and succulents, adds a fresh dimension to your arrangements, as well as something for guests to take home. Learn how to incorporate live plants into your dazzling arrangements and design your own arrangement along with the instructor. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Floral Necklace Art | Sarah Needham

Tues., July 13 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $70 members | $75 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create a floral necklace

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Some floral design experience recommended

Learn several wire techniques to create an artistic armature in which to attach various flowers and botanicals. Discussions will include proper tools, types of wire, materials and types of flowers best suited to staying fresh without a water source and proper material positioning. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Topiary in Floral Design | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wed., July 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $75 members | $80 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create topiaries using fresh cut flowers

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Topiary arrangements help a designer make a big statement. Learn the techniques and mechanics of floral topiary design utilizing fresh cut flowers. Pick up materials from Phipps and design your own topiary piece along with the instructor.  Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

A Study in Sunflowers | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wed., Aug 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $75 members | $80 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use sunflowers in a variety of floral design styles

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Is there anything more iconic than a sunflower? Be inspired by this late season stunner and learn multiple ways you can use sunflowers in different designs. Pick up the materials to make your own arrangement along with the instructor. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education: Late Season | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Late season pickup: Tuesdays: Aug. 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 12 | 2 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Late season virtual classes: Wednesdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 1, 15 and 29, Oct. 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Single season: $275 members | $305 nonmembers

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements and principles of design, and lots of other tips and techniques for great looking arrangements at home. Floral Design Certificate elective