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Home Floral Design

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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Large floral design from the Filoli Flower ShowAn elegant floral design and table setting from the Filoli Flower Show.

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.

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 teacher, excellent class.” From Going Green and Local with Katherine Glazier.

“Very inspiring instructors they are amazing, thank you!” From Blooming Branches and Blossoms with Studio Choo.

“Wendy’s classes are wonderful, she is a joy and so talented.” From Flower Arranging for Special Occassions with Wendy Morck.

“It was excellent!” From Living Centerpieces with Baylor Chapman.

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

“Please invite Bruno back! His lecture and workshop were very informative and fun. I learned a lot.” From Floral Artistry, with Bruno Duarte.

2016 Classes

2017 class dates will be announced October 2016.

Filoli offers a wide–ranging schedule of Floral Design classes for all levels of experience. It is not necessary to enroll in the Floral Design Certificate Program to participate in these classes; however, prerequisites must be completed.

Program Details and Materials Lists can be downloaded* in advance and unless otherwise noted, fees include all in-class plant materials and containers. Biographies for all instructors are available under each class title and will toggle open when you click on the instructor's name and then close when you click a second time.

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

JanuaryJune

There are no Floral Design classes scheduled this month.

Flower Arrangements for Summer Entertainment E
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Armatures for Floral Arrangements E
Tropical Arrangements E
FebruaryJuly
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Beginning Floral Design R
Desserts Without Calories E
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
MarchAugust
Introduction to Home Floral Design (Saturdays) R
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Introduction to Home Floral Design (Fridays) R
Spring Flowering Nests E
Leaf Manipulation E
Floral Design Styles R
Living Wall Art E
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
AprilSeptember
Contemporary Floral Designs E
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Layering with Scent and Texture E
Mixing Up Spring Palettes E
Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R
In The Company of Flowers Lecture and Demonstration E
Spring Wreaths E
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Floral Design Themes R
Living Centerpieces E
Fall Wreaths E
MayOctober
Wedding Workshop: Designing Personal Flowers E
Living Centerpieces for Parties E
Floral Arrangements for Special Occasions R
Flower Arrangements with Fruits and Flowers E
Ikebana — Fridays R
Ikebana — Saturdays R
Ikebana — The Art of Flower Arrangements
A Posy in your Pocket
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
November
Contemporary Garlands and Other Swag E
Fanciful Ribbons and Bows E
Holiday Table Settings E
Bouquets for a Winter Wonderland E
Scents for a Winter Wonderland E
Traditional Garlands E
Celebrated Holiday Wreaths E
brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

arrangement with roses and orchids

Introduction to Home Floral Design — Saturdays R

Saturdays, March 5 and 12, 2016, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Begin your journey of learning the art of home floral design in this introductory course. Be introduced to the mechanics, tools, conditioning and choosing of floral materials for longevity, health and seasonality. Take a walk into the Garden to identify, discuss how to grow and collect foliage. Color proportion and balance of these materials are taught through demonstrations and daily hands–on exercises. Use your new–found knowledge to create beautiful floral arrangements for your home.

Fee: $365 members; $440 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.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Friday, March 11, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

arrangement with roses and orchids

Introduction to Home Floral Design — Fridays R

Fridays, March 18 and 25, 2016, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Begin your journey of learning the art of home floral design in this introductory course. Be introduced to the mechanics, tools, conditioning and choosing of floral materials for longevity, health and seasonality. Take a walk into the Garden to identify, discuss how to grow and collect foliage. Color proportion and balance of these materials are taught through demonstrations and daily hands–on exercises. Use your new–found knowledge to create beautiful floral arrangements for your home.

Fee: $365 members; $440 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.

arrangement with roses, daisies, and lilies

Spring Flowering Nests E

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

What do you think of when spring arrives? Vibrant blooms, soft greens blowing in the wind and birds singing in the trees. Learn how to bring the beauty of a spring garden indoors by creating a beautiful nest centerpiece using flowers, greens, branches and other things you would find in the garden. Discover how to artfully weave together branches and vines to create a nest, and then fill it with flowers and a few extra surprises! Watch our talented instructor create and then guide you in making your own arrangement to take home. Learn some simple ways to adapt this centerpiece to use in other seasons and have fun while creating something beautiful.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

bouquet with woven leaves around a purple orchid

Leaf Manipulation E

Wednesday, March 30 or Thursday, March 31, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Bruno Duarte of Fresh Floral Creations, Toronto, Canada

Discover the art of leaf manipulation. Watch as the instructor demonstrates techniques such as weaving pandanus, four different ways to manipulate aspidistra plus braiding palm leaves and how to weave them. Then, through careful guidance and hands-on instruction you will practice several until you are confident to do it on your own, without supervision. Following these exercises, the instructor will show you different ways to use them in floral designs. Expand your knowledge and design concepts by attending this new and exciting program.

Fee for each class: $190 members; $225 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials.

contemporary floral designs on a brightly-decorated outdoor table

Contemporary Floral Designs E

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Pat Gibbons

This workshop begins with the instructor demonstrating several styles of modern arrangements and, with the use of a variety of containers and materials, then continues to show you how to create dynamic and modern designs. You’ll learn how to use the basic principles of design to create your own vibrant centerpiece. Lively and engaging, this class will teach you how fun it can be to experiment and expand on design techniques.

Fee: $155 members; $185 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

photo of example of layering with scent and texture

Layering with Scent and Texture E

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Instructors: Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, San Francisco

One sniff of a bloom can transport us to another time and place. The women of Studio Choo have always been fascinated by the effects of fragrance and enjoy weaving unique floral and herb scent combinations into the visual beauty of their designs. Alethea and Jill will demonstrate how to create their signature–style “garden in a vase” arrangement with an emphasis on scented blooms and foliage. Material selection and care, design basics, and the importance of air in a composition will be discussed. Lots of personal instruction and feedback is provided as you create a fragrant work of art to take home.

Fee: $155 members; $185 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

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Mixing Up Spring Palettes E

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Instructors: Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, San Francisco

While Springtime boasts a plethora of pretty pastel blooms, the women of Studio Choo prefer mixing them up with more unusual muted ingredients. Alethea and Jill will share their favorite ways to combine color while capturing the fleeting beauty of spring flowers and foliage. Sourcing the season’s best materials, watch as the instructors demonstrate, and later help you create, a beautifully moody composition. Material selection and care, design basics, and the importance of air in an arrangement will be discussed. Lots of personal instruction and feedback is provided as you create a work of art to take home.

Fee: $155 members; $185 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

brightly colored summer arrangement in a square container

Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R

Saturdays, April 16, 23, and 30, 2016, 9:30 am– 3:45 pm
Instructors: Wendy Morck & Katherine Glazier

Discover the many shapes and sizes of floral arrangements and the containers that best suit them. Through insightful demonstrations and hands-on exercises using seasonal flowers and foliage, you will learn to create stunning floral arrangements in a variety of shapes such as parallel, facing, oblong and crescent. Dining room tables aren’t the only surfaces to display floral arrangements; learn to create the right arrangement for a range of locations.

Fee: $550 members; $660 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.

bright reds on a floral centerpiece

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Presenter: 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: $75 members; $90 non–members.

yellow, green, and white floral wreath

Spring Wreaths E

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Find out how to make beautiful spring-themed wreaths using seasonal branches, leaves, foliage and flowers. The techniques you learn in class will enable you to make wreaths for any season.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant and design materials.

bride holding a bouquet

Wedding Workshop: Designing Personal Flowers E

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Pat Gibbons

The focus of this workshop will be how to design bridal bouquets and personal flowers for a wedding. The instructor will design two styles of bridal bouquets: a classic hand–tied bouquet and a natural, garden style. She’ll show students how to ‘build a bouquet’ by using color and texture to create different effects. You’ll also learn how to use tape, wire, and flowers to make corsages and boutonnieres. After the demonstrations, students will design their own bouquet though insightful instruction and personal guidance.

Fee: $170 members; $200 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials.

centerpiece of live plants

Living Arrangements and Décor

Various dates below; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Baylor Chapman

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 per class: $150 members; $180 non–members. Fee includes all floral materials and containers. The Plant Recipe Book will be available for purchase in class for $25.00, cash or check.

 

Living Centerpieces for Parties E

Saturday, May 14, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Living Wall Art E

Saturday, August 13, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Living Centerpieces E

Thursday, September 15, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

tall table-top arrangement

Floral Arrangements for Special Occasions R

Fridays, May 20, 27, and June 10, 2016, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Instructors: Wendy Morck & Katherine Glazier

Parties and other special occasions are complimented by floral arrangements. In this class you will complete large arrangements, themed arrangements, hand tied bouquets, flower and plant arrangements, and tropical arrangements.  We will celebrate the conclusion of the class with tablescapes that we create for our own "Vase to Table" luncheon.

Fee: $550 members; $660 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.

brightly colored floral arrangement on an outdoor table

Flower Arrangements for Summer Entertainment E

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Set the mood for your next special meal, from intimate and formal to festive and free–wheeling, with the right display of flowers. Floral 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: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes classroom plant materials and containers.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

pink and yellow hand-held bouquet

Armatures for Floral Arrangements

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Armatures are used to secure a floral arrangement into a special shape or form. They are made from a variety of materials such as curly willow and other types of branches. Watch as Katherine demonstrates the techniques of creating armatures and the floral arrangements that can go with them. Then create your own well–crafted armature with floral arrangement to take home for further enjoyment.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant and design materials.

tropical arrangement in red, orange, and yellow

Tropical Arrangements E

Saturday, June 25, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Tropical flowers make exquisite modern designs with their spare, severe look and clean, dramatic lines. They are showy so “less is more.” Tropical flowers also last much longer than other flowers and can take more heat, making them ideal for rooms too hot for regular flowers. Through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning watch Wendy create beautiful arrangements as she discusses plant selection and conditioning and then create one of your own.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

arrangement with roses, daisies, and lilies

Beginning Floral Design — Fridays R

Friday, July 15 and 22, 2016, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Begin your journey of learning the art of home floral design in this introductory course. Be introduced to the mechanics, tools, conditioning and choosing of floral materials for longevity, health and seasonality. Take a walk into the Garden to identify, discuss how to grow and collect foliage. Color proportion and balance of these materials are taught through demonstrations and daily hands–on exercises. Use your new–found knowledge to create beautiful floral arrangements for your home.

Fee: $365 members; $440 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.

faux dessert out of flowers

Desserts Without Calories E
Faux Desserts from Flowers

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

These flower arrangements posing as cakes, sundaes and other sweets are a feast for the eyes and nose, but not for the tummy. They can be elegant or whimsical and always convey a sense of celebration. Learn how to create these wonderful desserts without calories that are perfect for your party table or as a hostess gift.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

round white floral design example

Floral Design Styles R

Fridays, August 12, 19, and 26, 2016, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Instructors: Wendy Morck & Katherine Glazier

Insightful demonstrations and hands-on exercises using seasonal flowers and foliage will teach you to create stunning floral arrangements in an array of shapes such as parallel, facing, and crescent using unique and unusual containers. Dining room tables aren’t the only place to display floral arrangements; learn to create a variety of arrangements to fit many locations. Seize the opportunity to visit the San Francisco Flower Mart with your Instructors the morning of August 18. More details to be given in class.

Fee: $550 members; $660 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.

Living wall art


Living Wall Art E

Saturday, August 13, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Baylor Chapman

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 per class: $150 members; $180 non–members. Fee includes all floral materials and containers. The Plant Recipe Book will be available for purchase in class for $25.00, cash or check.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members.

tall table-top arrangement

Floral Design Themes R

Saturdays, September 10 and 17 and October 1, 2016, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Instructors: Wendy Morck & Katherine Glazier

Parties and other special occasions are complimented by floral arrangements. In this class you will complete large arrangements, themed arrangements, hand tied bouquets, flower and plant arrangements, and tropical arrangements.  We will celebrate the conclusion of the class with tablescapes that we create for our own "Vase to Table" luncheon.

Fee: $550 members; $660 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.

Living Centerpieces


Living Centerpieces E

Thursday, September 15, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Baylor Chapman

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 per class: $150 members; $180 non–members. Fee includes all floral materials and containers. The Plant Recipe Book will be available for purchase in class for $25.00, cash or check.

autumn colored wreath

Fall Wreaths E

Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Find out how to make beautiful fall-themed wreaths using seasonal branches, leaves, foliage and flowers. The techniques you learn in class will enable you to make wreaths for any season.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant and design materials.

autumn-colored wreath

Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana R

Fridays, October 7 and 14, or Saturdays, October 8 and 15, 2016, 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Jane Naito

Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. The world’s top floral designers recognize that a command of ikebana design principles 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 classroom plant materials.

round floral centerpiece in reds and oranges

Floral Arranging with the Garden Harvest E

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

The garden this time of year is full of colorful woody plants such as toyon berry, buckeye and snow berry as well as a harvest variety that includes apples, squash, peppers and more. Bring the garden into your floral arrangements by using these wonderful garden gifts as colorful accessories. This workshop includes demonstrations and hands-on instruction while participants make their own creative arrangement to take home for further enjoyment.

Fee: $130 members; $155 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

Ikebana: the art of flower arrangements

Ikebana — The Art of Flower Arrangements

Thursday, October 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Katsuko Thielke

Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. Katsuko Thielke is a local, talented ikebana artist and Sogetsu instructor well known for her mastery of weaving techniques of leaves and grasses. She will inspire us with her artful and creative arrangements. Discover how you can incorporate some of the techniques she will demonstrate into your own designs. Katsuko has written two books; one about Weaving and one about Bamboo. Currently, she is writing two additional books on using lotus leaves and palm fronds in iIkebana arrangements. Following her demo there will be a reception, book sale and signing. Please join us for an enriching afternoon.

Fee: $30 members; $40 non–members.

A Posy in your Pocket

A Posy in your Pocket Living with the Language of Flowers

Friday, October 21, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Sabankaya

A posy is a floral greeting card! It is a bouquet of flowers and herbs whose meaning in the historic language of flowers conveys a message. Learn about their history and how to use the language of flowers to create heartfelt and highly unique gifts for all occasions. Watch as the instructor creates exceptional posies as she shares with you the meaning of the flowers she is using, then create your own posies to take home.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

A perfect place to start . . .
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone!

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment.

Fee: $100 members; $120 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

Home Floral Design Certificate Program

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.

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.

*Program details and materials lists can be downloaded in advance under each course description. The primary instructors and curriculum developers are Wendy Morck and Katherine Glazier. Biographies for all instructors are available under each class title and will toggle open when you click on the instructor's name and then close when you click a second time.

NEW! Décor Series - Home for the Holidays

Join us in celebrating 100 years of holidays at Filoli in this new series for the home. Learn how to create fabulous holiday décor to adorn your house this season, using only the best materials and with imaginative demonstrations, well thought-out curriculum, and hands-on instruction. These new programs are all electives to our Home Floral Design Certificate Program and have no prerequisites. Enrollment in the Certificate Program is not necessary to attend. Fees include all materials and containers.

Garland and Swag

Contemporary Garlands and Other Swag

Wednesday, November 2, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Baylor Chapman

Fall is an amazing time to gather from nature and bring it home. Whether decorating for a Thanksgiving feast, a holiday celebration, or a Happy New Year, garlands and swags are a fabulous way to adorn doors, fireplaces, and tabletops. Using a sumptuous fall color palette and nature’s beautiful fruits, berries, and bits, Baylor will provide inspiration and practical tips for how to create and care for lovely natural displays. This hands–on class offers a class demonstration and one-on-one instruction. Each participant makes their very own draping garland to enjoy for the season.

Fee for each class: $150 members; $180 non–members

Ribbons and Bows

Fanciful Ribbons and Bows

Wednesday, November 2, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Pat Gibbons

Take your gifts, packages and holiday arrangements to new levels with exciting finishing touches. First, Pat will teach you how to make a basic florist's bow. Then, she will demonstrate how to embellish the simple bow using a variety of textures and materials. These can be natural materials such as birch, cones, and berries for a rustic effect; or a sparkly rhinestone band for a glitzy effect. Whether your taste leans to modern, Asian-themed, stylized, or eclectic, let your imagination run wild with items from Pat's collection.

Fee for each class: $80 members; $95 non–members

Holiday Table Setting

Holiday Table Settings

Friday, November 4, 9:30 am – 12:30 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 then matches them with seasonal table settings. A display of beautiful table settings will inspire you to make your next occasion a special one.

Fee for each class: $130 members; $155 non–members

Floral Arrangement

Bouquets for a Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Pat Gibbons

Using beautiful aromatics such as pine, citrus, and cinnamon, along with accenting berries and branches, you will learn how to create several different holiday centerpieces. A variety of containers will be demonstrated to show you the different effects and give you ideas on how to make your home sparkling for the holidays. Then create one of your own in a beautiful birch container.

Fee for each class: $130 members; $155 non–members

Floral Arrangement

Scents for a Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 9, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Instructor: Laurie Stern

Get carried away by pleasant and healing scents with a perfumery adventure and an introduction to botanical perfume essences. You will have the rare opportunity to smell aromatic treasures from around the globe including Bulgarian Rose Otto, 100-year old Indian Sandalwood, night blooming jasmine and more. Then the focus will be on respiratory oils and their anti-viral and aroma-therapeutic effects of the conifer oils such as silver fir and Templin pine. Everyone will leave the class with their own roll-on bottle of defense against winter colds, and an aromatic winter wonderland room or linen spray.

Fee for each class: $130 members; $155 non–members

Garland with lights

Traditional Garlands

Wednesday, November 11, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Decorative garlands are a lovely way to adorn an entryway or table for the holidays. Learn the mechanics of garland construction and how to transform a lush assortment of greenery and seasonal materials into a holiday masterpiece for your home. Join us to create your own festive garland to enjoy further in your own home.

Fee for each class: $130 members; $155 non–members

Garland with lights

Celebrated Holiday Wreaths

Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Wreaths are a welcoming sight on front doors throughout our neighborhoods. Create a decorative holiday wreath for your home. You will learn the mechanics of wreath construction with ample opportunity given in class to embellish your creation with seasonal ribbons, pods, cones, and more. Join us for a fun, fragrant afternoon at Filoli as you kick-off the holiday season.

Fee for each class: $130 members; $155 non–members