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.

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

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

Registration for this class is now closed.

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

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

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

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

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

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 Upcycled Wedding class.