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.

Contemporary European Design | Rosemary Grealish, CFD

Mondays: Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Snow date: March 5) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to incorporate European techniques into various arrangement styles
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn techniques for creating floral designs that incorporate the European styles of parallelism, landscape vegetative, multi-plane and hand-tied. Floral Design Certificate core course

Ceremony and Sympathy | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Jan. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 (Snow date: Thurs., Feb. 1) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $50 per week
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design appropriate arrangements for houses of worship, special ceremonies and funerals
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the protocols, mechanics and techniques you need to confidently create traditional, basket, easel, casket, altar and pew displays. If you wish to take both this course and Bridal Work, you may miss the final session of Ceremony and Sympathy. Floral Design Certificate core course

Bridal Work | Sarah Needham

Wednesdays: Jan. 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28; March 7, 21 and 28 (Snow date: April 4) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $32 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. If you wish to take both this course and Ceremony and Sympathy, you may miss the final session of Ceremony and Sympathy. Floral Design Certificate core course

Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Thurs., March 8 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
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

Thursdays: March 22 and 29; April 5 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
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

Floral Wholesaler Field Trip: Pennock | Rose Grealish

Sat., March 24 | 9 – 11 a.m.

$15 members | $20 nonmembers | Meet at Pennock (more details supplied upon registration)

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 at the wholesalers, but all students will be permitted to make purchases after the tour concludes.

Survey of Ikebana Arranging | Instructors from each school of Ikebana, coordinated by Rosemary Grealish, CFD

Mondays: March 26, April 9, 16, 23 and 30 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$110 members | $130 nonmembers | Material fee: $32 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to distinguish the similarities and differences of five schools of Ikebana arranging and feel more confident arranging in those styles
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: None

This comparative study of Ikebana will include a demonstration and discussion of Ohara, Sogetsu, Ikenobo, Ichiyo, and Keika Kazan. Each week will showcase one of the schools with a short talk, a demonstration of a basic design in the style of the school, and an opportunity for you to try your hand at designing in that style. Floral Design Elective

Corsage and Body Flowers | Rose Kocher

Tuesdays: April 3, 10, 17 and 24 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 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

Deck the Halls, Walls and More! | Rose Grealish, CFD

Mondays: Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11 and 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To use greens in holiday creations
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about different types of holiday greens and floral design techniques, and create arrangements to decorate your home both inside and out. Floral Design Certificate elective course

This class is now filled. Please see an additional session of the class below.

Deck the Halls, Walls and More! | Rose Grealish, CFD

Tuesdays: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12 and 19 | 7 – 9 p.m.

New Session Added!

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To use greens in holiday creations
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about different types of holiday greens and floral design techniques, and create arrangements to decorate your home both inside and out. Floral Design Certificate elective course