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.

Floral Wholesaler Field Trip: B.W. Wholesale Florist | Rose Grealish

Sat., May 25 | 9 – 11 a.m.

$15 members | $20 nonmembers

Objective: To be familiar with one of Pittsburgh’s wholesale floral shops.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Explore one of Pittsburgh’s floral wholesalers. Typically only registered businesses can shop at the wholesalers, but all students will be permitted to make purchases after the tour concludes.

This class is now filled. 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 Floral Wholesaler Field Trip class.

Floral Design

Floral Interpretation | Sarah Needham

Wed., May 29 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To be able to translate the colors and style of a piece of art into a floral design
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design required, additional coursework encouraged 

Express your creative floral design prowess. Use the provided flowers and supplies and either follow along with the instructor or come up with your own new vision of a fine art painting. Floral Design Certificate elective

European Hand-Tied Bouquet | Polly Berginc, A.I.F.D.

Mon., June 3 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Objective: To be able to use the spiral method and mechanics needed to create and bind a selected group of flowers in Euro-style for home design or hand-held presentation.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The spiral method is the most widely used technique in classic European hand-tied bouquet work. Learn how to choose flowers and foliage, arrange in your hand and use the classic binding method for finishing. Explore containers used to enhance the presentation of your bouquet at home and tips for maintaining your bouquet once completed. Floral Design Certificate Elective Course

Vase Arrangements II | Polly Berginc, A.I.F.D.

Wednesdays: June 5, 12 and 19 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $105 ($35 per week)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use more advanced techniques for vase arrangements.
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 Sculpture | Sarah Needham

Sun., June 30 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$65 members | $75 nonmembers | Material fee: $55
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to utilize appropriate mechanics to build a floral sculpture
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the skills and mechanics required to make a fine art sculptural piece, crafted from flowers and other botanical material. Floral Design Certificate elective

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

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

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

Vase Arrangements I | Polly Berginc, A.I.F.D.

Tuesdays: May 7, 14 and 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers | Material fee: $105 ($35 per week)
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 get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Vase Arrangements I class.