Home Floral Design Certificate Program
A 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.
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!”
“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.
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:
Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana
Wednesdays, May 14, 21, June 4 and 11, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. Top floral designer’s recognize that a command of ikebana results in better, more sculptural design work. In this four-lesson course, students will be introduced to the unique design principles of Ikebana by creating arrangements in moribana (flat, shallow) containers. Students will learn about line, mass, dimension and asymmetry as well as techniques for successfully using a pinfrog. During each lesson there will be demonstration/lecture, hands–on design by students, and critique.
Fee: $275 members; $330 non–members. Fee includes all floral materials. Students will provide some materials; a short materials list will be available upon registration or it can be downloaded in advance from our web site under the class description.
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Discover how to alter the character of foliage to create new shapes. Such “designed foliage” can become a focal element in a modern or minimalist arrangement and increase an arrangement’s visual excitement without adding more materials. Students will work with 5 different foliage materials.
Fee: $90 members; $110 non–members. Fee includes all materials.
Table Settings for Summer Entertaining
This class has been cancelled— Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 am–11:30 am
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 then matches them with table settings. A display of beautiful table settings will inspire you to make your next occasion a special one.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non–members. Fee includes all materials.
Cutting Garden Design
Saturday, July 12 or Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Discover how to design a cutting garden that suits your style, space and needs. Become familiar with a variety of materials, learn how to evaluate and pick the right plants and receive helpful growing tips for maintaining your new garden. Class includes a visit to the Filoli cutting garden where you are sure to be inspired!
Fee: $37 members; $45 non–members.
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Floral arrangements add beauty to your home, but a display of living plants can rival any cut flower arrangement and will embellish your surroundings for months. Baylor Chapman is the author of The Plant Recipe Book, a guide to planting 40 popular, easy–to–find plants in unforgettable designs on their own, with complementary plant varieties, and in show-stopping special occasion bouquets. Watch as she demonstrates how to make these unique centerpieces, and then create a living arrangement to take home for continued enjoyment.
Fee with the book: $150 members; $180 non–members.
Photographing Flower Arrangements
Tuesday, July 22 or Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Floral arranging is an art! Learn how to preserve your arrangements as artworks in photographs for your portfolio or pleasure. This class will give you the secrets of professionals to photograph your work as a “still life” and is for all levels of photographers; compact digital cameras will work fine. Please bring a flower arrangement, props such as a background cloth and/or other decorative items and a digital camera with computer cable. Some props will be available in class.
Fee: $65 members; $80 non–members.
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