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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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  • Bouquet Design Series | Kaitlyn Caramela           
    • Cascading | Sept. 28 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | This class is now filled.
    • Loose and Airy | Oct. 5 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Bouquet Design Series: Cascading Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela

Sept. 28 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Individual Session: Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | 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
Pre-requisite: None

Cascading Bouquet (Sept. 28): Building on the skills covered in the 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 filled. Please email edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Bouquet Design Series: Loose and Airy Bouquet | Kaitlyn Caramela

Oct. 5 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Individual Session: Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | 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
Pre-requisite: None

Loose and Airy Bouquet (Oct. 5): 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.

Stem Study: Cut Orchids in Floral Design | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesday, Oct. 18 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

$30 members | $35 non-members | $45 material fee
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create arrangements featuring orchids. 
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Pre-requisite: Basic Floral Design, Phipps Flower Club, or equivalent experience

Registration for this class will close on Oct. 4.

Orchids elevate a floral design. Celebrate this beautiful, classic flower by learning a variety of techniques to incorporate them into an arrangement. Students will make their own orchid focused design. Floral Design certificate elective

Colors of Fall | Kaitlyn Caramela

Wed., Oct. 26 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $40
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a floral arrangement that evokes the feeling of fall through color choice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Pre-requisite: None

In this class we will experiment with using different color combinations to invoke the different feelings and portrayals of Fall. 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

Fall Dried Wreath Workshop | Pisarcik Flower Farm

Thursday, Oct. 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$50 members | $55 nonmembers | Material Fee $100
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective:  To be able to make a fall dried wreath with locally grown and foraged flowers
Level:  Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: None

Work with locally grown and foraged dried flowers that have been naturally dried to capture their everlasting beauty.  Learn the process of preserving and drying and to work with care for dried flowers.  All materials you will need will be provided and you will leave with your very own dried wreath! Floral Design Certificate elective 

Make Your Own Dried Flower Bouquet | Collette Walsh and Erica Adamson

Wednesday, Nov. 9 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members | $50 material fee
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create a mixed dried bouquet from locally available flowers and to become familiar with the flower drying process
Level: beginner to intermediate
Pre-requisites: 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

Gorgeous Gourd Centerpiece | Kaitlyn Caramela

Tues., Nov. 15 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Material Fee: $50
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a fall-themed centerpiece featuring a gourd
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Pre-requisite: None

Nothing says fall in Western Pennsylvania like gourds! Come build your own fall-themed centerpiece to get you into the seasonal spirit. The arrangement will be designed to be long lasting with the inclusion of a lot of dried and textural elements, so should still look great for your Thanksgiving table. Floral Design Certificate elective. 

Outdoor Evergreen Decor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

$10 members | $15 nonmembers
Presented as live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students will need to source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It is recommended to watch the class as a demo, then design your décor following the course.

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

Holiday Door Swag (demo) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tues., Dec. 6 | 7 – 8 p.m. 

$15 members | $20 nonmembers (class only, does not include greens/supplies)
Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To be able to design a door adornment made out of cut evergreen material
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: None

Learn the mechanics for how to make your own holiday door swag from cut evergreen materials and other holiday decorations. The instructor will also share “recipes” for you to purchase your own greens, and all students will receive a recording of the class for review. Floral Design certificate elective. 

Nature’s Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Mon., Dec. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | 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. Materials can be picked up before class from Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park during our annual Greens Sale, December 8, 9 and 10. Floral Design Certificate elective

Customize Your Holiday Décor (Open Workshop) | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tues., Dec. 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

$70 members | $80 nonmembers 
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To create a custom holiday design
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Pre-requisite: Basic Floral Design or equivalent experience

This class will include demonstrations to get you inspired and enhance the finishing touches on decking your own halls.  This class will enable you to incorporate your own baubles and bling.  Our workshop inventory will include greens, wreaths, ribbon, and holiday accessories. This is the perfect opportunity to create a centerpiece and/or door piece of your choosing to complete your gift list.  Floral Design certificate elective

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. 

Registration for this class is now closed.