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.

Intermediate Floral Design (Formerly Color Study) | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Wednesdays: Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$132 members | $152 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
Prerequisites: 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

Registration for this class is now closed. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Intermediate Floral Design class.

Ceremony and Sympathy | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Mondays and Tuesdays: Sept. 24, 25, Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $50 per week
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design appropriate arrangements for houses of worship, special ceremonies and funerals
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the protocols, mechanics and techniques you need to confidently create traditional basket, easel, casket, altar and pew displays. Floral Design Certificate core course

Contemporary European Design | Rose Grealish, CFD

Thursdays: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 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: None

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

The Garden of Good and Evil | Sarah Needham

Tuesdays: Oct. 16 and 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$44 members | $49 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To learn about and 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

Floral Design Showcase: Gorgeous Greens, Nature's Way

Sun., Oct. 21 | 1 – 3 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Special Events Hall

In partnership with Phipps Conservatory's Education Department and The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), join our panel of professional floral designers for an afternoon of inspiration and education to grow your floral design artistry. From traditional to woodland to modern designs for the season, our panel of designers will create décor with products produced from the earth, and integrate natural and locally sourced materials and botanicals into their designs.

Professional florists are invited to sign up at the Phipps Member rate for this event, regardless of member status.

AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers)

Pavé Floral Design I | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Mondays: Nov. 5, 12 and 19 | 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 design compositions using basing technique skills
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn the pavé-basing technique using parallel or angled insertions of short-stemmed materials to create an artistic, low, uniform composition with minimal variation in depth. Designs will incorporate different concepts of this technique each week. Floral Design Certificate elective

Deck the Halls, Walls and More! | Rose Grealish, CFD

Mondays: Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10 and 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To use greens in holiday creations.
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about different types of holiday greens and floral design techniques, and create arrangements to decorate your home both inside and out. Floral Design Certificate elective course

Deck the Halls, Walls and More! | Rose Grealish, CFD

Tuesdays: Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11 and 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To use greens in holiday creations.
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about different types of holiday greens and floral design techniques, and create arrangements to decorate your home both inside and out. Floral Design Certificate elective course

Creative Bow Making | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Thurs., Nov. 29 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make bows for a variety of floral design projects and gifts; and gain a better understanding for proper ribbon selection and usage.
Prerequisites: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn how to turn ribbon into a variety of beautiful bows, and master the technique with practice. Acquire helpful tips and knowledge needed to choose ribbon selections and calculate yardage, while learning the proper mechanics for successful bow making. Floral Design Certificate elective

This class is now filled. Another class session is listed below. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Bow Making class.

Nature's Splendor Urn Arrangement | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 non-members | Material fee: $30
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement, and learn how to personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Create a gathering of natural materials with winter foliage in this 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 to unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective course

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Nature's Splendor Urn Arrangement class.

Creative Bow Making | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Just Added!

Thurs., Dec. 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to make bows for a variety of floral design projects and gifts; and gain a better understanding for proper ribbon selection and usage.
Prerequisites: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn how to turn ribbon into a variety of beautiful bows, and master the technique with practice. Acquire helpful tips and knowledge needed to choose ribbon selections and calculate yardage, while learning the proper mechanics for successful bow making. Floral Design Certificate elective

Holiday Workshop: Greens, Fruits and Naturals | Laura Schoch

Sat., Dec. 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$30 members | $40 nonmembers | Material fee: $50
Meet in the Welcome Center at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To be able to design and affix natural and faux decorations to create a festive holiday centerpiece or wreath
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: None

In this unique workshop, Phipps Display Horticulturist Laura Schoch will inspire you to make a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece or wreath from scratch and help you create a custom-designed work to complement your home décor. Engage in a relaxed, creative atmosphere with a variety of materials to achieve different styles from natural to more contemporary. Plus, discover tips for keeping these creations fresh throughout the holidays. Registration is capped at 20 participants, so early registration is strongly encouraged. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring additional materials to match your own décor. Please bring your own pruners if you have them. 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 the next Holiday Workshop.