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Floral Certificate Part 1: Basic Floral Designs


Express your creativity in the popular art of floral design! Learn principles of basic floral arranging/design while creating beautiful arrangements. Under the guidance of our expert instructor, learn to properly condition fresh flowers, use floral foam, tape and wire. This hands-on course is designed for beginners, but is open to all skill levels. This class is the FIRST in our 5-part series leading to the Floral Design Certificate. 



  • Learn how to construct four different styles of arrangements: round, oval-horizontal, symmetrical and asymmetrical
  • Understand the basics mechanics and principles of design
  • Construct additional arrangements from basic floral designs for different occasions (wedding bouquets, party arrangements and funeral arrangements)


1. Introduction

  • Tools and supplies
  • Question cards
  • Diagram of round arrangement
  • Demonstration of round arrangement
  • Practice stem taping two gauges of wire

2. Review diagram of round arrangements

  • Assemble arrangements
  • Demonstration of grapevine wreath
  • Discuss types of wreaths (straw, foam)
  • Preview of oval-horizontal arrangements (diagram)
  • Stem mum (corsage)

3. Review diagram of oval-horizontal arrangements

  • Assemble oval-horizontal arrangements
  • Construct vase arrangements (oasis, tape grid, hand held)
  • Preview diagram symmetrical arrangements
  • Demonstrate how to make a bow
  • Practice making bows

4. Review diagram of symmetrical arrangements

  • Assemble symmetrical arrangements
  • Demonstrate garlands (paddle wire)
  • Discuss wedding bouquets and supplies
  • Demonstrate how to secure a cascade
  • Discuss reception arrangements (space bars)
  • Preview asymmetrical arrangements
  • Practice making a bow

5. Review asymmetrical arrangements

  • Make asymmetrical arrangements
  • Construct a corsage
  • Demonstrate corsage (glued)

6. Discuss cemetery arrangements (vase, saddle)

  • Demonstrate how to pleat a heart and cross
  • Demonstrate how to cover with flowers (heart)
  • Create a designer choice arrangement






Method of Instruction

Demonstration, lecture, and class participation


  • Exam: No
  • Class Participation: Yes
  • Demonstration of Skills: Yes