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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.

Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wed., April 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

$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

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 or the next Parisian Wrapped Bouquets class.

Transforming the Grocery Store Bouquet | Rose Grealish CFD

Wednesday, April 22 | 10 a.m. – noon

$20 members | $25 non-members
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to transform a store-bought bouquet into a more elegant table centerpiece
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to arrange a store-bought ‘chop-and-drop’ bouquet into an elegant centerpiece you would be proud to use at your next dinner party. Class will be taught as a demonstration, and students will be provided with a material list of flowers that they can purchase on their next grocery store trip to recreate the design at home. Floral Design Certificate elective

Flower Power for Emotional Well-Being | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tuesday, April 21 | 1-3 p.m.

$20 members | $25 non-members
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to make simple arrangements for the home to help with emotional well-being.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Flowers in your home have a positive influence on a human’s emotional status. Flowers can ease stress and anxiety, increase happiness, and boost creativity.

Join Polly on this tutorial of home healing and appreciation of flowers, and find inspiration and peace of mind. She will demonstrate simple techniques using containers readily available in your home to lift your spirits. Follow-up literature and photo ideas will be emailed to class participants following the course. Floral Design Certificate Elective

Pavé Floral Design | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesdays: May 6, 13, 20 and 27, June 3 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$120 members | $135 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create artistic Pavé design compositions utilizing a variety of basing technique skills

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the Pavé basing design technique, which uses parallel or angular insertions of short stemmed materials to create an artistic, low uniform composition with minimal variation in depth. Explore design concepts with a variety of basing techniques and materials to create artistic, unique Pavé arrangements. Floral Design Certificate elective, equivalent to Pavé I and II

Transforming the Grocery Store Bouquet | Rose Grealish CFD

Wed., May 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$60 members | $70 nonmembers (material fee included)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to transform a store-bought bouquet into a more elegant table centerpiece

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Learn how to arrange a store-bought ‘chop-and-drop’ bouquet into an elegant centerpiece you would be proud to use at your next dinner party. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Table Décor for Entertaining | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesdays: May 13, 20 and 27 | 2 – 4 p.m.

$72 members | $82 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design creative floral table décor for a meal or party

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended

Learn to effectively estimate, plan and create the perfect tablescape based on the occasion, event theme and table size. Refresh your design ideas for future entertaining with a selection of creative and unique table settings that use readily available containers and supplies. Floral Design Certificate elective

Creative Bow Making | Polly Berginc AIFD

Mon., May 18 | 2 – 4 p.m.

$32 members | $37 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make bows for a variety of floral design projects and gain a better understanding of proper ribbon selection and usage

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Learn how to turn ribbon into beautiful bows and master the technique. Acquire helpful tips to make ribbon selections and calculate yardage while learning the proper mechanics for successful bow making. Floral Design Certificate elective

Creative Bow Making | Polly Berginc AIFD

Mon., May 18 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$32 members | $37 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make bows for a variety of floral design projects and gain a better understanding of proper ribbon selection and usage

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Learn how to turn ribbon into beautiful bows and master the technique. Acquire helpful tips to make ribbon selections and calculate yardage while learning the proper mechanics for successful bow making. Floral Design Certificate elective

Introduction to Floral Design Mechanics | Rose Grealish CFD

Thursdays: May 21 and 28 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$48 members | $58 nonmembers | Material fee: $30 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use the fundamental tools of floral design in making arrangements

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Learn the fundamentals of floral design, including how to properly use a variety of floral tools, prepare containers, wire, tape, use floral mesh and more. Floral Design Certificate elective; please note that this class is a prerequisite course for Contemporary European Design or History of Floral Design if a student has not already taken Basic Floral Design

Advanced Bouquet | Sarah Needham

Mondays: June 1, 8, 15 and 22 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$96 members | $111 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create more advanced bouquet arrangements

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Bridal Work

Learn advanced techniques for creating a variety of bouquets, such as hand wired, European-style with armatures, fantasy composite and alternative bridal bouquets. Floral Design Certificate elective

Woodland Botanical Nature Design | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wed., June 3 | 2 – 4 p.m.

$24 members | $29 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design natural-looking woodland botanical arrangements and use plant materials to enhance your design work

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Botanical design is an American design concept featuring at least five different parts of plant materials in a composition presented in a natural-styled setting. Create a unique design that captures the essence of a woodland garden. Floral Design Certificate elective

Contemporary European Design | Rose Grealish CFD

Thursdays: June 4, 11, 18 and 25, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 | 2 – 4 p.m.

$192 members | $217 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to incorporate European techniques into various arrangement styles

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Introduction to Floral Design Mechanics

Learn techniques for creating floral designs that incorporate the European styles of parallelism, landscape vegetative, multi-plane and hand-tied. Floral Design Certificate core course

Contemporary European Design | Rose Grealish CFD

Thursdays: June 4, 11, 18 and 25, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$192 members | $217 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to incorporate European techniques into various arrangement styles

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Introduction to Floral Design Mechanics

Learn techniques for creating floral designs that incorporate the European styles of parallelism, landscape vegetative, multi-plane and hand-tied. Floral Design Certificate core course

Arranging with Pollinator Friendly Local Flowers | Mary Winget, Pisarcik Flower Farm

Wed., June 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$24 members | $29 nonmembers | Material fee: $40
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create unique arrangements using pollinator friendly and sustainably raised flowers and greenery

Level: Beginner to advanced

Prerequisite: None

Choose from a bountiful display of seasonal flowers, greenery and textural elements to create fun and unique arrangements. Celebrate the season’s beauty and bounty with locally sourced and sustainably raised flowers and greenery. Floral Design Certificate elective

Arranging with Pollinator Friendly Local Flowers | Mary Winget, Pisarcik Flower Farm

Tues., July 7 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$24 members | $29 nonmembers | Material fee: $40
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create unique arrangements using pollinator friendly and sustainably raised flowers and greenery

Level: Beginner to advanced

Prerequisite: None

Choose from a bountiful display of seasonal flowers, greenery and textural elements to create fun and unique arrangements. Celebrate the season’s beauty and bounty with locally sourced and sustainably raised flowers and greenery. Floral Design Certificate elective

Arranging with Pollinator Friendly Local Flowers | Mary Winget, Pisarcik Flower Farm

Wed., Aug. 19 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$24 members | $29 nonmembers | Material fee: $40
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create unique arrangements using pollinator friendly and sustainably raised flowers and greenery

Level: Beginner to advanced

Prerequisite: None

Choose from a bountiful display of seasonal flowers, greenery and textural elements to create fun and unique arrangements. Celebrate the season’s beauty and bounty with locally sourced and sustainably raised flowers and greenery. Floral Design Certificate elective

Intermediate Floral Design | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesdays: July 8, 15, 22 and 29, Aug. 5 and 12 | 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 implement the principles and elements of design needed to create a successful floral composition

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Further develop your floral design skills with an in-depth study of the principles and elements of design, which are essential to the foundation of a successful floral composition. Each class will focus on understanding and exploring how these creative decisions influence your finished design work. Floral Design Certificate core course

Monobotanical Arrangements | Sarah Needham

Mondays: July 13, 20 and 27 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$72 members | $82 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create an arrangement using only flowers that are in the same botanical family

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Monobotanical arranging is the technique of using only plants and flowers that are closely related to each other. Learn which flowers and plants are related and how to take seemingly very different blooms and put them together for a cohesive look. Floral Design Certificate elective

Transparent Suspense | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesdays: July 14, 21 and 28, Aug. 4 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$96 members | $111 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to build designs that feature a transparent or a suspended component

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Discover how to infuse transparent and hanging features into your floral designs through this creative, hands-on study. Floral Design Certificate elective

Tropical Floral Design | Polly Berginc AIFD

Wednesdays, July 22 and 29, Aug. 5 | 2 – 4 p.m.

$72 members | $82 nonmembers | Material fee: $45 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design arrangements using tropical flowers and foliage

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn about different species of exotic flowers and foliage, plus how to properly handle and care for each variety. Explore a different design concept each week using tropical materials and explore the exotic textural contrasts in today’s floral market. Floral Design Certificate elective

The Garden of Good and Evil | Sarah Needham

Mondays: Aug.10 and 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$48 members | $58 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design with edible and medicinal flowers and plants, as well as their poisonous counterparts

Level: Beginner to advanced

Prerequisite: None

Create arrangements using various edible and medicinal flowers, as well as their poisonous counterparts. Gain a better understanding of the products you use and any special precautions that you should take when handling these plants. Floral Design Certificate elective