NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are strongly recommended for all guests and required for unvaccinated guests ages 2 and up. Learn more about how you can join us!

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. 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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Classes Currently in Progress

  • Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education | Polly Berginc, AIFD | Late season virtual classes: Wednesdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 1, 15 and 29, Oct. 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Halloween Pavé Centerpiece | Rose Grealish

Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $50

In-person class at Phipps Garden Center

Objective: To be able to design in a pavé style inside a prepared pumpkin.

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

Join us for a fun evening tricking up a pumpkin for Halloween.  We'll be using a pavé technique to transform a pumpkin into your Halloween-worthy interpretation of the holiday.  Learn the trick to preparing a fresh pumpkin to last for several weeks without collapsing on itself and some techniques for making 'spider webs' to up the scare factor! Floral Design Certificate elective

COVID note: Class sizes will be limited to allow for adequate social distancing during class. Masks are required for all guests attending in-person classes. Phipps closely monitors changing guidelines and may need to make adjustments to this class or our requirements to ensure a safe student experience.

The Garden of Good and Evil | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Nov. 9 |  7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To be familiar with both edible and toxic flowers used regularly in floral arrangements

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

Students will learn about edible and/or medicinal flowers as well as toxic flowers and greens that gardeners and florists use regularly. Class will include recipes for edible botanicals as well as cautionary tales about bad run-ins with toxic botanicals. The instructor will demonstrate an arrangement using various edible and toxic florals so that students can recognize these florals in a design. Floral Design Certificate elective

Renewable Thanksgiving Arrangement | Rose Grealish

Thurs., Nov. 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $50

In-person class at Phipps Garden Center 

This class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Objective: To be able to create long lasting thanksgiving arrangement.

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

With the holidays fast approaching, who has time to make a new centerpiece every week?  Join us to learn how to utilize a mix of fresh, preserved and permanent materials to assemble a centerpiece that can be refreshed as needed to keep your arrangement going until you're ready to switch it out for the next holiday. Floral Design Certificate elective

COVID note: Class sizes will be limited to allow for adequate social distancing during class. Masks are required for all guests attending in-person classes. Phipps closely monitors changing guidelines and may need to make adjustments to this class or our requirements to ensure a safe student experience.

Nature’s Splendor Urn (Virtual) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tues., Dec. 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Optional material fee: $40 

Class presented virtually through Zoom

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

Level: Beginner to intermediate 

Prerequisites: 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. Floral Design Certificate elective

Nature’s Splendor Urn (In-Person) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thurs., Dec. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 

In-person class at Phipps Garden Center 

This class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

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

Level: Beginner to intermediate 

Prerequisites: 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. Floral Design Certificate elective

COVID note: Class sizes will be limited to allow for adequate social distancing during class. Masks are required for all guests attending in-person classes. Phipps closely monitors changing guidelines and may need to make adjustments to this class or our requirements to ensure a safe student experience.

Old Williamsburg-Style Della Robbia Christmas Wreath | Sarah Needham

Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Optional material fee: $75

Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To create a Della Robbia Christmas wreath in an Old Williamsburg style

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

This is a make-along class for those wanting to learn how to make Old Williamsburg style designs for Christmas. We will discuss what Della Robbia is, why Williamsburg uses this style, where to get product and how things are constructed. The wreath will be approximately 19” in diameter.  Floral Design Certificate elective

Creating with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $40

This class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

In-person class at Phipps Garden Center 

Objective: To be able to use the mechanics necessary to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

Hands on opportunity to create a gift or keep for your own. A study of the most popular home décor item, lanterns. Fresh greens, baubles, and bows will enhance this joyous project. Floral Design Certificate elective

COVID note: Class sizes will be limited to allow for adequate social distancing during class. Masks are required for all guests attending in-person classes. Phipps closely monitors changing guidelines and may need to make adjustments to this class or our requirements to ensure a safe student experience.