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.

Contemporary European Design | Rose Grealish, C.F.D.

Tuesdays: July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10 and 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers | Material fee: $280 ($35 per week)
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

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 spaces in this class or the next Contemporary European Design class.

Dried Floral Designs | Sarah Needham

Mondays: Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee:$140 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to design arrangements using dried flowers
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the mechanics and fine motor skills required to arrange fragile dried preserved flowers and botanicals. Projects include table arrangements, bouquets, floral crowns and floral wreaths/hoops. You are encouraged to forage for additional items to use in class. Floral Design Certificate elective

Arranging with Local Flowers | Rose Kocher

Thursdays: Aug. 15, 22 and 29 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $120 ($40 per week)
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

Woodland Botanical Nature Design | Polly Berginc, A.I.F.D.

Thurs., Aug 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$55 members | $60 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To design a natural looking woodland botanical arrangement, and learn how to use plant materials you may gather 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 gathering of nature’s materials, plants and floral in this unique design, capturing the reflection of a woodland garden. Floral Design Certificate elective course

Intermediate Floral Design (Formerly Color Study) | Polly Berginc, A.I.F.D.

Tuesdays: July 16, 23 and 30, Aug. 13, 20 and 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$144 members | $164 nonmembers | Material fee: $210 ($35 per week)
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

Develop your floral design skills with an in-depth study of the principles and elements of design, which are essential to 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

Artistic Silks and Permanent Botanicals | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesdays: July 17, 24 and 31, Aug. 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers | Material fee: $80 ($40 each for weeks 1 and 2; bring your own materials for weeks 3 and 4)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: Gain skill and confidence when selecting and designing with permanent botanicals
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Discover how to work with permanent botanicals through projects inspired by art (materials provided) and freestyle workshops (students provide materials). Demonstrations will be provided throughout the course. Floral Design Certificate elective