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.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Wed., Nov. 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers | Material fee: $50
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make a seasonally appropriate centerpiece
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to construct Thanksgiving centerpieces using seasonal items such as pods, gourds, feathers and flowers. Then, learn how to dress up accessory items like votive candles to make the holiday table even more festive. 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 class or the next Thanksgiving Centerpiece class.

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

Mondays: Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9 and 16 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $140 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

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

Tuesdays: Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $140 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Floral Wholesaler Field Trip: Keystone Ribbon and Floral Supply | Rose Grealish, CFD

Sat., Nov. 30 | 8 a.m. – 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 at the wholesalers, but all students will be permitted to make purchases after the tour concludes.

Outdoor Evergreen Decor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Sat., Dec. 7 | 10 a.m – noon

$25 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design attractive and long lasting winter urn 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 other containers that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed and take home handouts with design tips and evergreen options for each project. Purchase your own evergreens at Gifts and Green Market. 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 class or the next Outdoor Evergreen Décor class.

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thurs., Dec. 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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

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 basic or unique trims for the holiday season. 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 class or the next Nature's Splendor Urn class.

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wed., Dec. 11 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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

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 basic or unique trims for the holiday season. 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 class or the next Nature's Splendor Urn class.

Holiday Workshop: Greens, Fruits and Naturals | Laura Schoch

Sat., Dec. 14 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers | Material fee: $50
Students should 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

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 spaces in this class or the next Holiday Workshop: Greens, Fruits and Naturals class.

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

Wednesdays: Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Snow date: Wed., March 4) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$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

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

Permanent Botanical Wreath | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thurs., Feb. 20 (Snow date: Tues., Feb. 25) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$24 members | $29 nonmembers | Material fee: $45 Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a wreath using permanent botanicals
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Push away the winter doldrums and develop your botanical crafting skills by creating a wreath that will brighten up your home until spring. Floral Design Certificate elective

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

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

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