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Home Floral Design Certificate Program

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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.

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

Ikebana arrangement

Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana R

Wednesdays, May 14, 21, June 4 and 11, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Nancy “Sorin” Locke

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.

example of leaf manipulation

Leaf Manipulation E

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Nancy Locke

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.

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  • Prerequisite: Intermediate floral design skills.
colorful table setting for summer

Table Settings for Summer Entertaining E

This class has been cancelled— Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 am–11:30 am
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 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.

phot of a cutting garden

Cutting Garden Design E

Saturday, July 12 or Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

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.

colorful table setting for summer

Living Centerpieces E

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 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 with the book: $150 members; $180 non–members.
Fee without the book: $125 members; $150 non–members Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

floral arrangement


Photographing Flower Arrangements E

Tuesday, July 22 or Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Instructor: Susan Rosner

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.

accomplished student shows off her floral arrangement

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

Saturdays, July 26 or September 20, 2014, 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 spring 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: $75 members; $90 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

pink roses in a twig watering can

Creative Containers E

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

Have you ever considered using a colorful gift bag, children’s toy, corrugated paper or watering can as a floral arrangement container? Explore the beauty and artistry of making these and other decorative elements part of your flower arranging for entertaining, gifts and home enjoyment. This class also introduces the basic techniques of decoupage that adds a personal touch to your arrangements. Then create a fun flower arrangement in your own personalized container. These attractive containers add another dimension of creativity!

Fee: $80 members; $95 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

yellow, orange and green arrangement

Going Green and Local — It’s easy being green! E

Saturday, August 16 or Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

Using all California– and U.S.–grown flowers, and arranged in containers without using floral foam, this class will allow you to explore ways of creating beautiful floral arrangements that are more sustainable and support local growers and our environment. Discover methods for making your arrangements take the shape you want whether it’s upright, vertical, or cascading. Use alternate methods of support such as wire or natural grids. Come join us for this NEW class and discover how it’s easy to be green!

Fee: $95 members; $115 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and containers.

arrangement for special occasion

Floral Arrangements for Special Occasions R

Saturdays, September 6, 13 and October 4 or Tuesdays, September 9, 16 and October 7, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
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.

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.