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Floral Design

Whether you're a seasoned floral designer or weekend decorator, you will gain valuable understanding of the versatility of flowers.

From weddings to holidays to other traditions and milestone events, learn how the use of flowers can set the tone and make for a memorable event.

Floral Sculpture

Dates: Thursday, March 27; April 3, 10 and 17
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Needham
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members; $30 material fee
Location:

Thursday, March 27; April 3, 10 and 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.
$88 members | $128 nonmembers | Material fee: $30 per session
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a high-art installation using proper mechanics
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

In each class, students will discuss the uses for different styles of floral sculpture and the mechanics behind them while receiving helpful tips for creating floral sculptures of their own. Four major styles — framed art, suspended, hanging and free-form — will be covered throughout the course. Floral Design Certificate elective

This class is no longer accepting registrations. Call or e-mail with questions.

Church and Altar Arrangements

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15, 16, 22 and 23
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members; $50 material fee
Location:

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15, 16, 22 and 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.
$88 members | $128 nonmembers | Material fee: $50 per week (two weeks total)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to follow protocol for church or temple arrangements employing symmetrical, asymmetrical and paired-vase designs, as well as designs for freestanding altars and religious occasions
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

In this course, students will learn about the intricacies of arranging for religious settings and occasions, and gain the skills needed to create their own beautiful arrangements appropriate for places of worship. Floral Design Certificate core course

This class is no longer accepting registrations. Call or e-mail with questions.

Contemporary European Design II

Dates: Monday, May 5, 12 and 19; June 2, 9 and 16
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to make arrangements incorporating the newest European floral industry looks
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Contemporary European Design, Basic Floral Design
Fee: $ 132 members; $172 non-members; $28 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will create fresh, invigorating designs building on techniques learned in Contemporary European Design. Cutting-edge concepts of arranging will also be discussed. Floral Design Certificate elective

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Corsage and Body Flowers

Dates: Tuesday, May 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to create current fashion accessories using flowers, greenery, ribbon and more
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Basic Floral Design
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members; $15 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn how to construct body flowers, from basic to couturier. Hand-wrapping and gluing techniques will also be demonstrated as participants discover how to create corsages, wristlets, boutonnieres and headpieces for special occasions. Floral Design Certificate core course

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate core course

Arranging with the Seasons

Dates: Wednesday, May 14; June 25; July 23; Aug. 13
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr
Objective: To be able to make arrangements with locally grown plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this course, students will learn about and prepare arrangements using locally available flowers. Held once per month, this class changes naturally with the seasons. These sessions may be taken as a series at a discounted price or individually. Floral Design Certificate elective

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration. Single session prices: $25 members, $35 non-members; $30 material fee per session.

Sign up online - May or Full Series
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Or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Language of Flowers

Dates: Thursday, May 22
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Needham
Objective: To be able to create three small Victorian bouquets
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 22 members; $32 non-members; $35 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn the history of floriography, with particular emphasis on the Victorian era, a time when it was often used for secret communications. While the first part of the class covers the meanings of flowers, the last entails the creation of three small bouquets, each with a message. Floral Design Certificate elective

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Color Study

Dates: Tuesday, June 3, 10, 17 and 24
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to understand the impact of color on design and select flowers that provide color harmony and balance in an arrangement
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will explore how color impacts floral design by learning a variety of styles that incorporate color themes, and using the color wheel to create monochromatic and analogous designs, as well as complementary color combinations. New trends and color rule deviations will also be covered. Participants are required to bring clippers, 24-gauge paddle wire and floral tape, in addition to floral knives, wire cutters and scissors, to class. Floral Design Certificate core course

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate core course

Paper Weddings

Dates: Thursday, June 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Needham
Objective: To be able to make personalized bouquets, and ceremony and reception pieces out of paper
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Paper can be as fragile as fresh flowers or as sturdy as soft wood. In this course, students will be introduced to various paper products, learn multiple techniques for making paper flowers and decorations, and then apply new knowledge to create bouquets, and ceremony and reception pieces. Participants are required to bring X-ACTO® knives, in addition to floral knives, wire cutters and scissors, to class. Floral Design Certificate elective

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Free Design

Dates: Wednesday, June 11, 18 and 25
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to execute original designs from conception to creation
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Basic Floral Design, Contemporary European Design
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Crafting a new arrangement each week, students in this course will choose containers, colors, textures, styles and plants, with instructor guidance, to create original designs. While gaining skills for arranging independently, participants will also be better prepared for final presentations. Floral Design Certificate elective

Material fees vary by selection for this course.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Basic Floral Design: An Introduction to Western Geometric Arranging

Dates: Monday, June 23 and 30; July 14, 21 and 28; Aug. 4, 11 and 18
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to construct symmetrical and combination arrangements incorporating widely accepted principles of design
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 176 members; $216 non-members; $28 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Offering a solid foundation in Western Geometric style, a form of arrangement upon which many others are based, this course will cover design principles, flower conditioning and mechanical techniques. Floral Design Certificate core course

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate core course

Floral Final Review

Dates: Wednesday, July 16
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: All core courses and at least 24 hours of electives
Fee: $ 0 members; $0 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Ready for your final review? Please register at least two weeks in advance.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate final review

Sympathy Designs

Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 22, 23, 29 and 30; Aug. 5 and 6
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to produce family and sympathizer-requested work for funeral services
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Basic Floral Design
Fee: $ 132 members; $172 non-members; $50 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Flowers are integral to the mourning process. In this course, students will learn how to design baskets, overhead and foot sprays, easel displays, and interior casket pieces, and receive instruction on appropriate protocols for funeral home environments. Participants should bring pruners, in addition to floral knives, wire cutters and scissors, to class. Floral Design Certificate core course

The material fee is per week (three weeks total), and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate core course

Make Your Own Terrarium

Dates: Monday, July 28 or Tuesday, July 29
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr and Jonathan Weber
Objective: To be able to design and create a unique terrarium
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $25 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to create a living garden under glass while discussing different styles of terrariums and containers (open versus closed and wet versus dry), plant selection, visual design and proper care. Attendees are asked to bring a container — from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar — for making their own terrariums. All other materials, including soil, moss, rocks and plants, will be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

Sign up online - Monday
Sign up online - Tuesday
Or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Make Your Own Terrarium: Carnivorous Plants

Dates: Wednesday, July 30
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr and Jonathan Weber
Objective: To be able to design and create a unique terrarium using carnivorous plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this class, students will delve into the fun and fascinating world of carnivorous plants, discover the science behind their care and maintenance, and then create their own unique terrariums to take home. Containers, plants and other materials will be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective

Field Trip

Dates: Saturday, Aug. 2
Time: 8 - 10 a.m.
Instructor: Cindy Miller
Objective: To be able to gain familiarity with one of Pittsburgh’s wholesale flower shops
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 15 members; $22 non-members
Location: Pittsburgh Cut Flower

Participants in this field trip experience will explore one of Pittsburgh’s largest floral wholesalers. Typically, only registered businesses can shop at the wholesalers but all students will be permitted to make purchases after the tour concludes.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Working with Succulents

Dates: Thursday, Aug. 7, 14 and 21
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr
Objective: To able to comfortably work with succulents in floral design
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Basic Floral Design
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn creative uses for succulents, as well as techniques for working with them and other botanicals, while exploring unique selections. Floral Design Certificate elective

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Floral Design Certificate elective