2019 professional

Floral Design Program


The comprehensive Professional Program course requirements.


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Floral Design Program Curriculum

The Floral Design Program is comprised of multiple series and individual classes that focus on subject matter that is critical to succeeding in the floral design industry. The curriculum is outlined below, with approximations of the hours required to complete each series.

The Floral Design Program also requires a 50 hr internship after completing the 82 hours of curriculum.


Class 1: Introduction to Design I: Hard-Stemmed Flowers

Learn about the hybrid tea roses and other varieties. How are they grown and where. How are they shipped and how does this process effect the price and quality of the product. What characteristics can you expect from the different shipping and growing countries including longevity and flower conditions. Techniques to help hydrate roses and other hard stemmed flowers after shipping. How to use floral equipment safely and effectively. Students complete “Rose Twist” design using the knowledge and skills taught during the session .

Class 2: Introduction to Design II: Soft-Stemmed Flowers

Learn about about soft-stemmed flowers; how they grow and who grows the best varieties. How to get them to hydrate and last. Methods of conditioning soft-stemmed flowers. Learn a set of general designs to help soft stemmed flowers keep their shape including manipulating the stems so their best face is always shows and using other materials as aids to hold designs together. Student complete a graphic twisit design using only soft-stemmed flowers as a test of student knowledge.

Class 3: Garden Centerpiece Design

Learn to start mixing different flowers and textures. How to achieve a chic seemingly garden look while keeping to a strict set of design instructions. Students will learn how to condition hydrangea and the other seasonal elements. The positives & negatives of floral foam and how to use it correctly. The techniques of building a composition so it can be consistent in design and travel well. Each student is responsible to build on arrangement using the above-demonstrated method as a test of student knowledge.

Class 4: Hand Tied Bouquet

Traditional Dutch method where bouquet is made in the hand. This style and look is reminiscent of classic Dutch still life paintings. Students will learn the methodical construction of making bouquets by having all the stems going in the same direction and evenly distributed. Students will all build Dutch hand tied bouquet of their own as a test of student knowledge.

Class 14:  Hair Flowers and Boutonnieres

Students will learn how to choose flowers for corsages, boutonnieres and head wreaths based on longevity and appropriateness for each application. Hand-wiring techniques will be demonstrated for specific flower types and then applied to each application. Students will take home a head wreath and boutonniere as created in class.

Class 15: Monumental Urn Arrangements for Ceremony

In this class, students will learn how to decorate a ceremony site with large-scale, 180-degree arrangements. A short talk will focus on vessel choice and scale of arrangements. The instructor will demonstrate how to prep a large-scale container with oasis and chicken wire, and create a three-sided arrangement that is structurally balanced as well as stunningly beautiful! Students will work in groups to recreate large-scale arrangements.

Class 16: Elevated Centerpiece Designs

This class will feature elevated designs for events or weddings. This style allows for a floral component to be raised at least 24 inches off the table, which greatly changes the direction and viewpoint of the design. Students must concentrate on viewer’s perspective as well as making a perfectly round design as an advanced technique of Class #3.

Class 17: Wedding Canopy and Flower Covered Arches

A brief discussion on the meaning and appropriateness of Chuppahs, arches and canopies for wedding ceremonies. Construction of a canopy or Chuppah will be created and students will learn specific techniques for applying flowers to such canopies. The floral canopy will be decorated collectively by the group, weather permitting, in our beautiful outdoor garden space.

Class 18: The Cascading Bridal Bouquet

Students will learn how to create a modern, cascading bridal bouquet constructed entirely out of hand-wired blossoms. Students will learn how to wire stems to create length, how to manipulate stems and blooms to feature the flowers best features and how to create a lush, cascading bouquet to produce an overall dramatic effect. Students will take home their romantic bouquets!