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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.

Confirmations will be emailed the day before each class, including a Zoom link for virtual classes. Please check your spam/junk mail folder, and if you have not received the link, email edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Virtual classes are recorded and made available to all registered participants for one month after the program.

All times are Eastern Time Zone.

Current Classes

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  • Phipps Flower Club | Polly Berginc AIFD | Registration for this class is now closed.
    • Late Season | Tuesdays: Aug. 9, 23; Sept 6, 20; Oct. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Floral Foam Alternatives | Kaitlyn Caramela | Wednesday, July 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | This class is now filled.

  • Bespoke Garden Style Floral Arrangement | Korkey Noah Kibbey | Tuesday, July 19 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Locally Farmed and Foraged Arrangement | Kaitlyn Caramela | Wednesday, Aug. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | This class is now filled.

  • Glorious Gladiolus | Korkey Noah Kibbey | Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Floral Crowns | Kaitlyn Caramela | Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Classes Currently in Progress

  • Phipps Flower Club: Early Season | Tuesdays: May 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Floral Foam Alternatives | Kaitlyn Caramela

Wednesday, July 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $45

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to table arrangements using chicken wire and other floral foam alternatives. 

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Pre-requisite: None

Floral foam can be a useful floral tool, but isn’t appropriate for every setting. Learn how to work with alternate mechanics, like chicken wire, floral frogs and natural branches to create arrangements and other floral décor, including your own table arrangement to take home. Your instructor will also demonstrate an arch arrangement using chicken fencing – useful for special events and weddings. Floral Design Certificate elective.

This class is now filled. Please email edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Bespoke Garden Style Floral Arrangement | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesday, July 19 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $45 ($35 if bringing your own container)

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create an arrangement in the on-trend bespoke style

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Pre-requisite: None

Lush and sophisticated while still feeling organic, bespoke garden designs make us feel fancy without feeling overly formal. Come be inspired and create your own bespoke arrangement to take home. Students have the option to design in their own container! Recommended container: footed compote, revere bowl or low-profile urn, size ranging 7"- 9" top opening and 3"-4" interior depth. Floral Design Certificate elective.

Locally Farmed and Foraged Arrangement | Kaitlyn Caramela

Wednesday, Aug. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $45

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create an arrangement using seasonal items – both farmed and foraged.  

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Pre-requisite: None

Celebrate the season with natural beauty! In this ALL LOCAL class, students will arrange with items both farmed and foraged. Learn what grows here and how to turn it into a gorgeous floral arrangement. Bring your own foraged items if you want to add something special from your own yard. Floral Design Certificate elective.

This class is now sold out. Please email edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be added to the waiting list.

Phipps Flower Club: Late Season | Polly Berginc AIFD

Late Season | Tuesdays: Aug. 9, 23; Sept 6, 20; Oct. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Single season: $280 members | $310 nonmembers

Virtual Class offered through Zoom, Pick-up in person at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park*

*Pick-up can take place the Monday afternoon, day before class (4-6 p.m.) or Tuesday the day of class (9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.)

Fill your home with flowers this summer with Phipps’ 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’ lead floral instructor, Polly Berginc, demonstrates how to turn your flowers into a beautiful vase arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, working with foliage, vase design styles, color theory, local foraging, and helpful tips for enjoying your custom arrangement at home. Floral Design certificate elective. Students may also count this as a core class (Vase Design) by alerting the education department and completing additional class requirements: complete all 5 class arrangements, submit photos of each arrangement, and arrange and submit photographs for a 6th and final arrangement using flowers you purchase within 1 month of the final class session. 

Glorious Gladiolus | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $45

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To become familiar with the uses of gladiolus in floral arrangements.   

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Pre-requisite: None

Gladiolus is a perennial summer star – with spires of brightly colored flowers that scream summer. This class spotlight gladioli, showcasing a variety of ways to use them in arrangements. Students will then create their own arrangement featuring this special flower. Floral Design Certificate elective.

Floral Design
Nicolette Paige

Floral Crowns | Kaitlyn Caramela

Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $35

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create wearable crowns decorated with flowers

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Pre-requisite: None

Weddings, baby showers, or just for fun – floral crowns are beautiful ways to make someone feel special. Learn the mechanics and best practices for creating your own stunning floral crown. Floral Design Certificate elective.

Phipps Flower Club (Both Seasons) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Early Season | Tuesdays: May 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Late Season | Tuesdays: Aug. 9, 23; Sept 6, 20; Oct. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Both seasons: $540 members | $600 nonmembers

Virtual Class offered through Zoom, Pick-up in person at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park*

*Pick-up can take place the Monday afternoon, day before class (4-6 p.m.) or Tuesday the day of class (9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.)

Fill your home with flowers this summer with Phipps’ 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’ lead floral instructor, Polly Berginc, demonstrates how to turn your flowers into a beautiful vase arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, working with foliage, vase design styles, color theory, local foraging, and helpful tips for enjoying your custom arrangement at home. Floral Design certificate elective. Students may also count this as a core class (Vase Design) by alerting the education department and completing additional class requirements: complete all 5 class arrangements in either season, submit photos of each arrangement, and arrange and submit photographs for a 6th and final arrangement using flowers you purchase within 1 month of the final class session. 

Registration for the early season is now closed.

Phipps Flower Club: Early Season | Polly Berginc AIFD

Early Season | Tuesdays: May 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Single season: $280 members | $310 nonmembers

Virtual Class offered through Zoom, Pick-up in person at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park*

*Pick-up can take place the Monday afternoon, day before class (4-6 p.m.) or Tuesday the day of class (9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.)

Fill your home with flowers this summer with Phipps’ 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’ lead floral instructor, Polly Berginc, demonstrates how to turn your flowers into a beautiful vase arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, working with foliage, vase design styles, color theory, local foraging, and helpful tips for enjoying your custom arrangement at home. Floral Design certificate elective. Students may also count this as a core class (Vase Design) by alerting the education department and completing additional class requirements: complete all 5 class arrangements, submit photos of each arrangement, and arrange and submit photographs for a 6th and final arrangement using flowers you purchase within 1 month of the final class session. 

Registration for this class is now closed.