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.

Giant Fantasy Flowers | Sarah Needham

Mon., May 21 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to look at a flower and replicate it in a large size by using other flowers as building materials
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or other basic floral experience

Create spectacular, giant flowers by deconstructing several regular-sized ones and then using them as raw material to create one massive bloom. Gain a better understanding of mechanics and flower anatomy through this process. Floral Design Certificate elective

Registration for this class is now closed.

Vase Arrangements II | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Tuesdays: May 29; June 5 and 12 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to effectively arrange flowers in a vase
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Vase Arrangements I

Building on skills developed in Vase Arrangements I, utilize different techniques and mechanics to learn more advanced skills that florists use to design vase arrangements. Floral Design Certificate core course

Floral Styling for Social Media | Sarah Needham

Wed., May 30 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers | Material fee: $35
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to set up a visually impactful camera shot
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: None

From finding vendors who will participate to choosing the perfect themes, colors and flowers, learn all the ins and outs of creating a styled photo shoot. Create your own floral design and style a simple shot using the fabrics and objects provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

Registration for this class is now closed.

The Art of Armillary | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to build armillary frameworks and marry them with fresh floral displays
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

An old favorite reinvented, this class will teach you to use twigs, bamboo, grasses and wire to achieve unique floral displays featuring diverse design techniques. Floral Design Certificate elective

Introduction to the History of Floral Design | Rose Grealish, CFD

Wednesdays: June 6, 13, 20 and 27; July 11, 18 and 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$154 members | $174 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to integrate historical elements into today’s floral design efforts
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisites: None

Discover how western arranging forms have developed to become mainstream, how they collided with eastern thought and how they once separated but have now come back together. Make a unique arrangement each week inspired by a different era of floral design and gain an understanding of how the art and culture of that period influenced design. Floral Design Certificate core course

Basic Floral Design: An Introduction to Western Geometric Arranging | Rose Grealish, CFD

Tuesdays: July 10, 17, 24 and 31; Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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

Pavé Floral Design II | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Wednesdays: July 11, 18 and 25 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create artistic Pavé design compositions using more advanced techniques
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Pavé Floral Design

Building on skills and techniques developed in the basic Pavé class, we will explore new design concepts each week to create artistic, unique Pavé arrangements. Use parallel or angled insertions of short stemmed materials to design a low uniform composition with minimal variation in depth. Floral Design Certificate elective

Upcycled Wedding | Sarah Needham

Thursdays: July 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $20 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a wedding design using discarded and recycled objects
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to decorate a wedding using discarded or secondary market items. Create Chihuly glass-styled flowers from plastic bottles, heirloom bouquets from brooches, buttons and other found objects, paper installations that function as funky backdrops for ceremonies, and centerpieces from foraged and found items. You will receive a list of items to find before each class, plus extra items will be available. Floral Design Certificate elective

Arranging with Local Flowers | Rose Kocher

Thursdays: Aug. 9, 16 and 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create unique arrangements with locally sourced and sustainably raised flowers and greenery
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to transform basic farmers’ market bouquets and backyard cuttings into fun and unique arrangements. Celebrate the season’s beauty with locally sourced and sustainably raised flowers and greenery! Floral Design Certificate elective

Vase Arrangements I | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Tuesdays: May 8, 15 and 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $35 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to effectively arrange flowers in a vase
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn the tricks florists use to design vase arrangements, practice three distinctively different techniques and utilize varying mechanics. Floral Design Certificate core course

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to be placed on the waiting list.