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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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Detailed Listings

Bouquet Design Series: Cascading | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tuesday, Feb. 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Individual Session: $25 nembers | $30 non-members: | Material Fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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 elective.

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

Bouquet Design Series: Loose and Airy | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tuesday, Feb. 8 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Individual Session: Members: $25 | Non-members: $30 | Material Fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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 elective.

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

A Primer on Floral Design | Rose Grealish CFD

Mondays: Feb 21, 28; March 7 and 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$100 members | $115 non-members | Material Fee: $45 per session, $180 total
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create satisfying and technically sound floral design using best practices.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Floralphobia?  Let us help you get over it and equip you with the keys to conquer your fear of floral design.  In this hands-on workshop series, you’ll learn the basic information and skills you'll need to enjoy creating your own floral designs and boost your confidence to share them with your friends and family. Each week you’ll take home an arrangement you’ve made in class as you watch your skills bloom!  Floral Design Certificate elective.

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Dutch Floral Design | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesdays: Feb. 23 and March 9 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $50 | Non-members: $60 | Material fee: $55 per class, $110 total
Presented virtually through Zoom, Material Pick-up at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

The material pick-up option for this class will close on Feb. 1.

Objective: To be able to design arrangements in the Dutch style.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or equivalent experience

Inspired by Dutch floral still life paintings, learn how to artfully arrange blooms by highlighting the flowers with natural materials for today’s design. Over two sessions, gain confidence working with the design elements that make Dutch florals so luxurious and special. Floral Design certificate elective

Incorporating Non-floral Elements into Arrangements | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesday, March 2 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | $45 material fee
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to effectively incorporate non-floral elements into a design.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or equivalent experience

Designers are often tasked with incorporating additional elements into a design – teddy bears, angels, and more. Learn the skills needed to securely and attractively integrate these pieces into a design.  Floral Design certificate elective

Green Gets Its Turn in the Limelight | Rose Grealish CFD

Tuesday, March 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | $45 material fee
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create an effective floral design using only the color green.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

This class will emphasize the use of texture to produce an exciting monochromatic (green, of course!) floral design.  We will incorporate a variety of fresh cut flowers, succulents and foliage to design an arrangement celebrating green as a long awaited harbinger of spring! Floral Design Certificate elective

The Colors of Spring | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tuesday, March 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $25 | Non-members: $30 | Material Fee: $40
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a floral arrangement that evokes the feeling of spring through its color choice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

In this class we will experiment with using different color combinations to invoke the different feelings and portrayals of Spring. We will discuss why certain colors are associated with the season, the different types of flowers typically available around the spring months and how to achieve a color balanced floral design. Floral Design Certificate elective. 

A Study in Tulips | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesday, March 30 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members | $40 material fee
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create arrangements featuring tulips
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or equivalent experience

Spring is for tulips! Celebrate this beautiful, seasonal flower by learning a variety of ways to incorporate them into an arrangement. Students will make their own tulip focused design. Floral Design certificate elective

Designing with Branches | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, March 31 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $25 | Non-members: $30 | Material Fee: $45
Presented virtually through Zoom

The material pick-up option for this class will close on Mar. 10.

Objective: To be able to incorporate foraged or purchased branches effectively into an arrangement.
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or equivalent experience

Designing with branches lets us work with nature to create designs with structure, dimension and textural elements. Many useful branches can also be foraged locally from our yards, adding seasonal interest.  Forcing branches for designs will also be discussed. Floral Design certificate elective

Corsage and Boutonniere | Kaitlyn Caramela

Wednesday, April 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $25 | Non-members: $30 | Material Fee: $35

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None

Just in time for prom and wedding season, this hands-on workshop will teach you how to construct wrist corsages and boutonnieres that will be durable enough to withstand all the hugging, dancing and celebrating but are also still stylish and comfortable. We will cover proper wiring and taping, techniques for easy construction, and talk about some of the latest trends. Floral Design Certificate elective.

Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesday, April 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $50
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To learn creative techniques for wrapping bouquets of fresh cut flowers for gifting in a beautiful presentation.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

It’s all in the details; learn techniques to arrange and wrap impressive presentation bouquets in the European way.  Learn to properly prep and arrange two different bouquet styles from beginning to finish, which can be assembled and wrapped in class. Floral Design Certificate Elective  

Bouquet Design Series (Full Series) | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tuesday, Jan. 25; Feb. 1 and 8 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Full Series: Members: $75 | Non-members: $85 | Material Fee: $135
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create beautiful bouquets in a range of popular styles.
Level: Traditional Bouquet: Beginner | Cascade and Loose and Airy: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Traditional Bouquet (January 25): In this hands-on workshop, students will construct and arrange one of the most classes bouquet styles, a traditional tight bouquet, while becoming familiar with commonly used floral tools and flowers, and learning the essential tips and tricks of bouquet design. Floral Design Certificate elective.

Cascading Bouquet (Feb. 1): Building on the skills covered in Traditional Bouquet 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. 

Loose and Airy Bouquet (Feb. 8): 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 elective

The full series is now sold out. Individual sessions are listed separately.