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Home Floral Design Certificate Program

How to Register

Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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Adult Education at Filoli: Floral Design ClassesA student discovers how to make a floral arrangement.

Floral arrangements have graced the House at Filoli since its completion in 1917. This long–standing tradition makes Filoli the ideal location to study home floral design. The Floral Design program at Filoli not only teaches students how to create stunning arrangements, it provides them with lifelong skills they can use for personal and professional endeavors.

The Home Floral Design Certificate Program provides students with an overall understanding of flower arranging through comprehensive hands–on courses on techniques, color theory, arrangement shapes and styles using different containers and special occasion arrangements. A Certificate of Completion is given to all students completing all required classes and three elective classes of their choosing. Unless otherwise noted, fees include all in–class plant materials and containers.

The folloing classes have already begun or occurred. 2015 class dates will be available on our website October 24, 2014.

  • Introduction to Home Floral Design
  • Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers
  • Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana

Enrollment in the Certificate Program is not necessary to take any of the classes however prerequisites must be met. To enroll in the certificate program, complete the Enrollment Form. Certificate Program enrollment includes a student handbook, course material binder, classroom materials and handouts.

Students who have received their Certificate of Completion are qualified to volunteer on the Friends of Filoli Floral Design Committee and/or apply to become a House Flower Arranger.

Our students say it best…

“Outstanding! Loved the class and learned so much! Thank you. I would recommend this class to everyone.” From Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

“Great class! Great insructor! Very inspiring!”
“Wendy was an excellent teacher, easy to follow, patient, so talented.”
Both from Home Floral Design Certificate Program class, 2013.

“Great atmosphere for learning— creative, inspring, supportive, and comprehensive content” From Intro to Floral Design.

“I really enjoyed the instructor’s knowledge of Ikebana — history, vocabulary, respect for Japanese culture.” From Ikebana, 2013.

2014 Classes

With the exception of Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone! all classes listed below are part of the Home Floral Design Certificate Program and are noted using the following key:

R Required Courses

E Elective Courses

arrangement for special occasion

Floral Arrangements for Special Occasions R

Saturdays, September 6, 13 and October 4, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
The Tuesday class has been cancelled.
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Engagements, weddings, birthday and anniversary parties and other special occasions are complemented by the right floral arrangements. Find out how to make the small, the large and the uniquely–shaped in this inspiring class. Once again, through comprehensive demonstrations and hands–on learning you will create themed arrangements in a variety of shapes and sizes from the delicate wristlet to the over–sized wedding arrangement. The last day of class you will broaden your floral design knowledge by working with other materials such as tropical and dried flowers. This class will end with you presenting a large, themed arrangement of your very own design.

Fee: $390 members; $470 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are required to complete homework assignments given in class for which you are responsible for purchasing the plant materials.

pumpkin planted with succulents

Succulent Pumpkins E

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: Jo Pomeroy

These succulent topped pumpkins are gorgeous and will be the stars of your fall décor. They will last for months and can be planted in your garden when the season changes. What’s the secret? Come and learn! These babies are unusual and sophisticated and make wonderful centerpieces throughout the fall season. Join Jo Pomeroy as she leads you through the process of making your own beautiful creation.

Fee: $65 members; $80 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

pink roses in a twig watering can

In the Company of Flowers E
A floral design lecture and demonstration

Friday, October 17, 2014, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Instructor: Ron Morgan

Through his imaginative use of flowers, fruits, vegetables and unusual items, Ron Morgan transforms the ordinary into the exquisite. He artfully arranges striking materials into masterpieces. Listen as he shares his experiences and knowledge, watch as he creates breath–taking arrangements and become inspired to create your own floral works of art. Ron is one of the most sought–after and well–recognized floral designers in the United States. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from a master!

Fee: $25 members; $30 non–members.

Christmas holiday arrangement

Holiday Table Settings E

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:30 pm–3:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Table settings set the mood for special meals from intimate and formal to festive and free–wheeling. Flower arrangements are the crucial element for pulling the table setting together. Watch as Wendy creates stunning arrangements that compliment seasonal table settings, and then create your own. A display of beautiful table settings will inspire you to make your next occasion a special one.

Fee: $65 members; $80 non–members. Fee includes all materials.