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.

Cancellation policy:

Contact edu@phipps.conservatory.org or 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 to cancel a class registration.

  • Up to two weeks before the class (or the first class date, for a multi-session class), you may receive a full refund minus a non-refundable $10 adminstrative fee.
  • Up to 72 hours (3 days) before the class or the first class date, you may receive a 50% refund.
  • Less than 72 hours (3 days) before the class or the first class date, there are no refunds.
  • Special events like conferences will have a separate cancellation policy and refund deadline.

All times are Eastern Time Zone.

Want to sign up with a gift certificate?

Contact Phipps at edu@phipps.conservatory.org or 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 with your choice of class to sign up with a gift certificate. If there is a remaining balance for the class or a remaining balance on the gift certificate, we will discuss those details.

Current Classes

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  • Colors of Fall Series | Kaitlyn Caramela

  • Bouquet Design Series Bundle | Kaitlyn Caramela
    • Loose and Airy Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela | Tues., Sept. 26 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
    • Cascading Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela | Tues., Oct. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
    • Tropical Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela | Tues., Oct. 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | This class is now filled.

Classes Currently in Progress

  • Phipps Flower Club: Late Season | Polly Berginc AIFD | Wednesdays: Aug. 9, 23; Sept 6, 20; Oct. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Basic Floral Design: An Introduction to Western Geometric Arranging | Korkey Noah Kibbey | Wednesdays: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Bouquet Design Series: Loose and Airy Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tues., Sept. 26 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $40 supply fee

Objective:  to be able to create beautiful bouquets in a range of popular styles 
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Looking to challenge your floral design skills a bit more? Our Loose and Airy bouquet workshop is designed to take your basic floral knowledge skills to the next level by adapting your techniques and flower choices to create a more organic style bouquet, one of the most highly requested and difficult bouquet styles. Floral Design Certificate core.

Bouquet Design Series: Cascading Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tues., Oct. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $45 supply fee

Objective: to be able to create beautiful bouquets in a range of popular styles 
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Building on the skills covered in Traditional Bouquet class, or other floral design classes, this class will elevate your design skills to create different forms with your flowers. Cascading bouquets have been a very popular style over the last 10 years and offer a fuller, more interesting look than your traditional bouquet. Floral Design Certificate core.

Bouquet Design Series: Tropical Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tues.,Oct. 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $45 supply fee

Objective: to be able to create beautiful bouquets in a range of popular styles 
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

In this bouquet class we will use skills learned in previous bouquet sessions to construct a modern tropical botanical bouquet, highlighting some of your most favorite tropical plants you will find walking around Phipps Conservatory. Floral Design Certificate core.

This class is now filled. Please email edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be placed on the waiting list. Not all Bouquet sessions are needed for the core requirement.

Dried Flowers 101 and Make Your Own Bouquet | Collette Walsh and Erica Adamson

Wed., Nov. 8 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $60 supply fee

Objective:  To create a mixed dried bouquet from locally available flowers and to become familiar with the flower drying process 
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Extend the season’s beauty by designing a dried flower bouquet for your home. All class flowers have been grown locally by your instructor, Collette Walsh, at Sol Patch Garden. Collette will also provide an overview of the flower drying process so you can begin planning your own cutting garden for next year. Floral Design Certificate elective

Colors of Fall | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tues., Nov. 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $40 supply fee

Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Join Kaitlyn Caramela, owner of Steel City Florals in our two class Colors of Fall workshop where we dive into color theory, one of Kaitlyn’s favorite topics. In this class we will experiment with using different color combinations to invoke the different feelings and different portrayals of fall and base the palette off subtle hues of nature for the time of year. We will discuss why certain colors are associated with the season, the different types of flowers typically available around the fall months and how to achieve a color balanced floral design. Floral Design Certificate elective.

Abundant Beauty Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Naoma Neff

Tues., Nov. 21 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $50 supply fee

Objective: To be able to create a Thanksgiving themed arrangement
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Bring autumn indoors!! Capture the colors of the season with a spectacular table arrangement of beautiful flowers and dried accents. Enjoy all the vibrancy of a crisp fall day with our “Abundant Beauty” centerpiece bursting with beautiful orange roses, gerbera daisy, spray mums, dried lotus pods, and cattails, this beautiful centerpiece is sure to be a seasonal favorite you can make time and time again!! “Abundant Beauty” is an all-sided arrangement perfect for your Thanksgiving Day dining table or any area where it would be viewed from all sides. Floral Design Certificate elective

Outdoor Evergreen Decor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tues., Nov. 28 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Virtual program presented through Zoom
$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Objective:  To be able to design attractive and long-lasting winter 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 decorative porch container options that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed. Instructional guidelines with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed will be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Mon., Dec. 11 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Live program presented through Zoom
$25 members | $30 nonmembers | $45 supply fee

Objective:  To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement 
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

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. Materials can be picked up before class from Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park during our annual Greens Sale, December 7, 8 and 9. Floral Design Certificate elective

Deck the Halls: Sustainable Evergreen Kissing Ball | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tues., Dec. 12 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $40 supply fee

Objective:  To be able to construct an evergreen sphere with sustainable mechanics 
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Enhance your holiday décor featuring a kissing ball of mixed evergreens accented with holiday trims. Floral Design Certificate elective

Comfort and Joy Candle Centerpiece | Naoma Neff

Wed., Dec. 13 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $45 supply fee

Objective: To be able to make a candle centerpiece
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

If you love that country-farmhouse style then come and join us while we make our “Comfort and Joy” candle centerpiece!! This centerpiece has all the country charm that will bring the joy of the holiday season to any space! A timeless mix of fresh assorted seasonal greens complimented with red roses, berries, snowy white accent flowers, pine cones, a trio of taper candles and decorative ribbon all nestled in a wooden box container. This arrangement will definitely add warmth to your holiday table…or…it could be the perfect gift for a friend!! Floral Design Certificate elective

Holiday Table Arrangement | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tues., Dec. 19 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$30 members | $35 nonmembers | $40 supply fee

Objective: To be able to make a seasonal centerpiece
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Join us in creating a seasonal centerpiece for your dinner table, we will be using winter suggestive plant material and unique ribbon to create a stunning long lasting design for everyone to enjoy at your holiday event.  Floral Design Certificate elective.

Phipps Flower Club: Late Season | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesdays: Aug. 9, 23, Sept. 6, 20, Oct. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$335 members | $355 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Live webinar through Zoom, pick-up in person at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park*

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

Tools needed for this elective (must be self-provided): Floral knife, stem pruners, wire cutters and scissors.   *Pick-up can take place the Tuesday afternoon, day before class (4 – 6 p.m.) or Wednesday the day of class (9 a.m. –  4:45 p.m.)

Basic Floral Design: An Introduction to Western Geometric Arranging | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesdays: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$180 members | $200 nonmembers | $240 supply fee

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

Mask and COVID-19 Policy:

Masks are optional and welcome in Phipps classes when the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level in Allegheny County is in “Low” (green) or “Medium” (yellow). You can check Allegheny County’s current status here. Masks will be required when the level is “High” (Red). People with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should refrain from attending classes.