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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

  • Vase Design Techniques and Application (formerly Vase Arrangement I and II) | Polly Berginc AIFD | Thursdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 8, 15, 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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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. Download supply list (PDF)
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. Supply list (PDF)
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

Floral Design

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

Floral Design

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 “make123rf.co 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

Floral Design

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

Floral Design

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

Floral Design

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

Floral Design

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

Floral Design

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. Supply list (PDF)
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

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

Thursdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 8, 15, 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

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