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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.

Current Classes

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Classes Currently in Progress:

  • Transparent Suspense | Korkey Noah Kibbey | Tues., July 28 and Aug. 4 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Floral Design

Advanced Bouquet Series: Spiral Bouquet | Sarah Needham

Thursday, Aug. 6 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Single session:  $25 members | $30 non-members
Materials: Students may source their own materials to ‘make along’ with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Material list (PDF)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create more advanced bridal bouquets
Level: Intermediate / advanced for ‘make-along’, beginner for demo only
Prerequisite: Bridal Work or Corsage and Body Flowers class recommended if making along. 

In this class, students will learn more advanced techniques for creating bouquets such as hand wired bouquets, making armatures for creating European flavored bouquets, fantasy composite bouquets and alternative bridal bouquets.  Students are encouraged to seek out local flower farms and yard forage for product. A general list of supplies and flowers will be given so that the student has a chance to source material. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Essential Containers for Floral Arranging (Both Sessions) | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesdays:  Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Both Sessions: $40 members | $45 non-members

  • Week 1: Accent Displays
  • Week 2: Centerpiece Style

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom, Demonstration class
Objective: To be able to utilize a range for floral design containers suitable for a variety of needs for living with flowers and entertaining
Level: Basic - Intermediate
Prerequisite: Some floral design experience encouraged but not required

Description: Learn to assemble a collection of containers to cover a variety of needs for living with flowers and entertaining. This class will showcase a streamlined approach to the ‘must have’ containers to cover a variety of designs and accents for your personal environment. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Essential Containers for Floral Arranging: Accent Displays | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesday, Aug. 11 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session:  $22.50 members | $27.50 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom, Demonstration class

Objective: To be able to utilize a range for floral design containers suitable for a variety of needs for living with flowers and entertaining
Level: Basic - Intermediate
Prerequisite: Some floral design experience encouraged but not required

Learn to assemble a collection of containers to cover a variety of needs for living with flowers and entertaining. This class will showcase a streamlined approach to the ‘must have’ containers to cover a variety of designs and accents for your personal environment. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Designing with Locally Sourced Flowers | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Wed., Aug. 12, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students may source their own materials to ‘make along’ with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. A material list will be sent after registration.
Objective: To create unique arrangements with locally sourced flowers and greenery
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of flowers/design recommended

Gather the colors and textures of seasonal flowers and greenery to create refreshing summer arrangements. Transform locally sourced flowers and greenery such as farmer's market bouquets and backyard cuttings into your own unique design to enjoy. Floral Design elective

Floral Design

Advanced Bouquet Series: Fantasy Flower Bouquets | Sarah Needham

Thursday, Aug. 13 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Single session:  $25 members | $30 non-members
Materials: Students may source their own materials to ‘make along’ with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Material list (PDF)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create more advanced bridal bouquets
Level: Intermediate / advanced for ‘make-along’, beginner for demo only
Prerequisite: Bridal Work or Corsage and Body Flowers class recommended if making along.

In this class, students will learn more advanced techniques for creating bouquets such as hand wired bouquets, making armatures for creating European flavored bouquets, fantasy composite bouquets and alternative bridal bouquets.  Students are encouraged to seek out local flower farms and yard forage for product. A general list of supplies and flowers will be given so that the student has a chance to source material. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Creating a Boho Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, August 18 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 non-members
Materials: Students may source their own materials to ‘make along’ with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Material list (PDF)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a floral arrangement in the ‘Boho’ style.
Level: Beginner / intermediate
Prerequisite: Some floral design experience recommended if making along. 

In this class students will learn the basics of putting together a Boho styled arrangement. Several examples will be shown to help clarify the elements of the style and an original arrangement will be created for students to see the mechanics and make along with the instructor if they desire. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Advanced Bouquet Series: Bridal Fan | Sarah Needham

Thursday, Aug. 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Single session:  $25 members | $30 non-members
Materials: Students may source their own materials to ‘make along’ with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Material list (PDF)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create more advanced bridal bouquets
Level: Intermediate / advanced for ‘make-along’, beginner for demo only
Prerequisite: Bridal Work or Corsage and Body Flowers class recommended if making along.

In this class, students will learn more advanced techniques for creating bouquets such as hand wired bouquets, making armatures for creating European flavored bouquets, fantasy composite bouquets and alternative bridal bouquets.  Students are encouraged to seek out local flower farms and yard forage for product. A general list of supplies and flowers will be given so that the student has a chance to source material. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Essential Containers for Floral Design: Centerpiece Style | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesday, Aug. 25 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session:  $22.50 members | $27.50 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom, Demonstration class

Objective: To be able to utilize a range for floral design containers suitable for a variety of needs for living with flowers and entertaining
Level: Basic - Intermediate
Prerequisite: Some floral design experience encouraged but not required

Learn to assemble a collection of containers to cover a variety of needs for living with flowers and entertaining. This class will showcase a streamlined approach to the ‘must have’ containers to cover a variety of designs and accents for your personal environment. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Creating Floral Jewelry | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To be able to learn techniques in creating floral jewelry, including sourcing product and care
Level: Beginner through advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one floral class completed.

In this class, students will be shown how to create jewelry armatures on which to attach flowers. As time permits, students will see a necklace, bracelet and earrings created. There will also be a discussion about the best flowers to use and how to prep them for maximum life.

Floral Design

Vase Design Techniques and Application (formerly Vase Arrangement I and II) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 (Makeup date: Oct. 22) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

$190 members | $210 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students will need to source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor. Material lists with options will be provided for the course.
Objective: To be able to effectively arrange flowers in a vase
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the application of design techniques needed to create a variety of vase design styles, from more basic to higher skill level work. From classic garden to modern styles, build your knowledge with the use of foliage, armatures and creative techniques.  Gain a better understanding for selecting appropriate floral, foliage and materials for vase compositions. Please Note: Photos of your design will need to be submitted to the instructor following each class for course credit. Floral Design Certificate core course, equivalent to Vase Arrangements I and II

Floral Design

Floral Design: A History in Images | Rose Grealish, CFD

Monday, Sept. 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To appreciate how history has shaped the art of floral design
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None
Materials: None, lecture only

Join us for a look back through the millennia to learn about how culture, religion, necessity and politics influenced what we now think of as Floral Design.   Beginning with the first evidence of the use of flowers found in Egyptian historical records, following through the expansion of cultures across the globe, find out how external forces shaped what we now consider floral art.  Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Della Robbia Wreath | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Monday, October 5 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective:  To be able to construct a wreath in this distinct style incorporating techniques and mechanics demonstrated with permanent botanical fruits and berries.
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required

A study in compositions which include fruits and berries, known as Della Robbia style. In addition to learning to construct this wreath, demonstrations during the class will include more applications and designs in this theme. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Creating Floral Crowns | Sarah Needham

Monday, Oct. 12 | 7- 9 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To be able to create a floral crown using several techniques
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior floral class completed.

In this class students will learn the various techniques of creating a floral crown. We will also discuss types of flowers best for this and how to properly prep them. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Halloween Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Monday, Oct. 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To create a fun yet elegant Halloween centerpiece for your table
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

In this class, students will see several techniques being employed to create a cool Halloween themed centerpiece. We will discuss the flowers and foliage to use for the biggest impact and where to source some of the rarer items. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Elegant Autumn Arrangements | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesday Nov. 18 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Use unusual color combinations for fall entertaining to create a long and low centerpiece with fresh floral materials.

A diversion from “expected” fall colors will be featured in this demonstration of centerpieces and table-scapes.  The key project will feature a long and low centerpiece constructed of fresh and dried materials. Additional inspiration and styles will be demonstrated. Floral Design Certificate elective

Deck the Halls Series

Full series: $120 members | $147 nonmembers

Basic Bow Making Lunch and Learn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Nov. 19 | noon – 12:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To be able to make classic bows for your holiday decorating
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn to create classic bows for indoor or outdoor holiday decorating. Instructional guidelines on ribbon materials, widths, and yardage estimates will also be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Door Décor for the Holidays | Rose Grealish CFD

Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To learn to make and decorate a wreath or swag for your holiday door.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None 

Personalize your home for the holidays!  Rose will demonstrate the mechanics needed to actually make your own wreath or swag with live materials.  You can decide if you want to work along, if you’d like to purchase a live wreath from a nursery or garden center to decorate yourself, or to just observe for inspiration. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Outdoor Evergreen Décor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It’s 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 will be provided with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Modern Approach to the Holiday Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To be able to create a sculptural holiday centerpiece
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior flower class completed.

In this class, students will see how to make an armature to create extra interest for their holiday centerpiece. Various techniques will be displayed, and a discussion on design elements in order to create the best piece possible will be included. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD 

Thursday December 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Instructional guidelines will be provided with container and evergreen options, natural botanicals, ribbon yardages and décor accent ideas.
Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Level: Beginner to intermediate; Basic floral design recommended, but not required
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 unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Creative Holiday Design with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursday Dec. 17, | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Light up and learn the mechanics to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Enhance the holiday for your home or as a gift giving idea with lanterns. Imaginative and versatile ideas will be created using fresh and artificial materials. Floral Design Certificate elective

Basic Bow Making Lunch and Learn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Nov. 19 | noon – 12:30 p.m.

Single session: $10 members | $12 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To be able to make classic bows for your holiday decorating
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn to create classic bows for indoor or outdoor holiday decorating. Instructional guidelines on ribbon materials, widths, and yardage estimates will also be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

Door Décor for the Holidays | Rose Grealish CFD

Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To learn to make and decorate a wreath or swag for your holiday door.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None 

Personalize your home for the holidays!  Rose will demonstrate the mechanics needed to actually make your own wreath or swag with live materials.  You can decide if you want to work along, if you’d like to purchase a live wreath from a nursery or garden center to decorate yourself, or to just observe for inspiration. Floral Design Certificate elective

Outdoor Evergreen Décor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It’s 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 will be provided with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed. Floral Design Certificate elective

Modern Approach to the Holiday Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Objective: To be able to create a sculptural holiday centerpiece
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior flower class completed.

In this class, students will see how to make an armature to create extra interest for their holiday centerpiece. Various techniques will be displayed, and a discussion on design elements in order to create the best piece possible will be included. Floral Design Certificate elective

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, December 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Instructional guidelines will be provided with container and evergreen options, natural botanicals, ribbon yardages and décor accent ideas.
Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Level: Beginner to intermediate; Basic floral design recommended, but not required
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 unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

Creative Holiday Design with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursday, Dec. 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo.
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Light up and learn the mechanics to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Enhance the holiday for your home or as a gift giving idea with lanterns. Imaginative and versatile ideas will be created using fresh and artificial materials. Floral Design Certificate elective

Floral Design

Transparent Suspense | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Tuesdays: July 28 and Aug. 4 | 4 – 5:30 p.m.

$40 members | $45 non-members
Live webinar through Zoom 
Objective: To be able to build floral displays that incorporate a transparent or suspended component.
Level: Intermediate
Materials: Presented as a live webinar through Zoom, no materials required
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

A snapshot of the direction where floral design is headed. Be inspired and discover the trend to infuse see through elements such as floating glass and water vials into a variety of displays. The instructor will show structures that support hanging elements in floral design. This unique offering will feature a range of mechanics and materials to achieve these designs. Floral Design elective course

Floral Design

Advanced Bouquet Series (Full Series) | Sarah Needham

Thursdays: July 30; Aug. 6, 13, 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

  • July 30: European Hand Wired Wedding Bouquets
  • Aug. 6:  Spiral bouquet, utilizing an armature
  • Aug. 13: Fantasy flower bouquet. Build a giant flower!
  • Aug. 20: Bridal Fan: an alternative to the traditional bridal bouquet

Full series: $95 members | $ 110 non-members
Materials: Students may source their own materials to ‘make along’ with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Material lists: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create more advanced bridal bouquets
Level: Intermediate / advanced for ‘make-along’, beginner for demo only
Prerequisite: Bridal Work or Corsage and Body Flowers class recommended if making along. 

In this class students will learn more advanced techniques for creating bouquets such as hand wired bouquets, making armatures for creating European flavored bouquets, fantasy composite bouquets and alternative bridal bouquets.  Students are encouraged to seek out local flower farms and yard forage for product. A general list of supplies and flowers will be given so that the student has a chance to source material. Floral Design elective course