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.

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

Mondays: Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10 and 17 | 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

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

Tuesdays: 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

Nature's Splendor Urn Arrangement | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Wed., Dec. 12 New session added! | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 non-members | Material fee: $30
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement, and learn how to personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Create a gathering of natural materials with winter foliage in this 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 basic to unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective course

Creative Bow Making | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Thurs., Nov. 29 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make bows for a variety of floral design projects and gifts; and gain a better understanding for proper ribbon selection and usage.
Prerequisites: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn how to turn ribbon into a variety of beautiful bows, and master the technique with practice. Acquire helpful tips and knowledge needed to choose ribbon selections and calculate yardage, while learning the proper mechanics for successful bow making. 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 the next Bow Making class.

Nature's Splendor Urn Arrangement | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 non-members | Material fee: $30
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement, and learn how to personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Create a gathering of natural materials with winter foliage in this 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 basic to unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective course

This class is now filled. Please see the Dec. 12 session above.

Creative Bow Making | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Thurs., Dec. 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make bows for a variety of floral design projects and gifts; and gain a better understanding for proper ribbon selection and usage.
Prerequisites: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn how to turn ribbon into a variety of beautiful bows, and master the technique with practice. Acquire helpful tips and knowledge needed to choose ribbon selections and calculate yardage, while learning the proper mechanics for successful bow making. 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 the next Bow Making class.

Holiday Workshop: Greens, Fruits and Naturals | Laura Schoch

Sat., Dec. 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$30 members | $40 nonmembers | Material fee: $50
Meet in the Welcome Center at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To be able to design and affix natural and faux decorations to create a festive holiday centerpiece or wreath
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: None

In this unique workshop, Phipps Display Horticulturist Laura Schoch will inspire you to make a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece or wreath from scratch and help you create a custom-designed work to complement your home décor. Engage in a relaxed, creative atmosphere with a variety of materials to achieve different styles from natural to more contemporary. Plus, discover tips for keeping these creations fresh throughout the holidays. Registration is capped at 20 participants, so early registration is strongly encouraged. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring additional materials to match your own décor. Please bring your own pruners if you have them. 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 the next Holiday Workshop.

Contemporary European Design | Rose Grealish, CFD

Thursdays: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 | 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

Registration for this class is now closed. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Contemporary European Design class.

Pavé Floral Design I | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Mondays: Nov. 5, 12 and 19 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create artistic design compositions using basing technique skills
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn the pavé-basing technique using parallel or angled insertions of short-stemmed materials to create an artistic, low, uniform composition with minimal variation in depth. Designs will incorporate different concepts of this technique each week. 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 the next Pavé class.