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Home Floral Design

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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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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.

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

2015 Classes

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.

Filoli’s Flower Conditioning Guidelines.

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.

Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Wedding Design Workshop E

FebruaryJuly
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Introduction to Home Floral Design R
MarchAugust
Introduction to Home Floral Design (Fridays) R
Introduction to Home Floral Design (Saturdays) R
Tiny Delicates - Spring Flower Arrangements E
Spring Flowering Nests E
Living Centerpieces E
Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers E
Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R
AprilSeptember
Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R
Floral Artistry: Lecture and Demonstration E
Floral Artistry: Hands-On Workshop E
Fall Wreaths E
MayOctober
Tropical Arrangements E Floral Arrangements for Special Occasions R
Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana R
Slow Flowers Lecture E
Slow Flowers Hands-on Workshop E
brightly colored springtime arrangement

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

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 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.

arrangement with roses and orchids

Introduction to Home Floral Design — Fridays R

Fridays, March 6 & 13, 9:30 am–3:30 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: $250 members; $300 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

Introduction to Home Floral Design — Saturdays R

Saturdays, March 7 & 14, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 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: $250 members; $300 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.

delicate flowers

Tiny Delicates — Spring Flower Arrangements E

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Instructors: Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, San Francisco

There are few things these two instructors love more than the fleeting, delicate beauty of spring flowers, barely here before it goes. Capture the floating magic of Narcissus, flowering Quince, Lilac and Fritallaria in this early spring time class. Sourcing the season’s best materials, watch as the instructors demonstrate, and later help you create, a lovely and whimsical spring flower arrangement. Material selection and care, design basics, techniques and the important of air in a composition will be discussed and demonstrated. 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 materials.

arrangement with roses, daisies, and lilies

Spring Flowering Nests E

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 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: $95 members; $115 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

brightly colored arrangement of roses and orhids

Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R

Friday, April 17, Saturdays, April 25 and May 2, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 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: $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.

brightly-colored arrangement with orchids

Floral Artistry: Lecture and Demonstration E

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: Bruno Duarte of Fresh Floral Creations, Toronto, Canada

Bruno’s approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. Every leaf, every branch, every bloom is a piece of art unto itself. His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry. Nature provides the inspiration for all of his designs. Watch as he combines organic materials using various techniques to both fascinate and engage the beholder.

Fee: $50 members; $60 non–members.

low arrangement in bright pink orchids

Floral Artistry: Hands–On Workshop E

Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Bruno Duarte of Fresh Floral Creations, Toronto, Canada

In this intimate setting, you will watch, listen and learn how to create floral art through practicing Bruno’s techniques of using all that nature has to offer combined with found objects. Blooms, branches, leaves and other beautiful organic materials will be combined as you create your own visually stunning arrangement. Don’t miss this special opportunity to study with one of Canada’s most well–know designers. His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and A–list celebrities in Canada as well as international glitterati like Rene Zellweger, Patti LaBelle, and Sir Elton John.

Fee: $165 members; $200 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

tropical arrangement in red, orange, and yellow

Tropical Arrangements E

Saturday, May 16, 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: $95 members; $115 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

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

Saturday, June 6, 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 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.

arrangement in lavenders, whites, and greens

Wedding Design WorkshopE

Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, 2015, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Francoise Weeks from Francoise Weeks’ A European Floral Design, Portland, OR

Discover the mechanics behind creating textural and detailed designs that will expand the way you think about flowers. Discuss and design personal flowers, unique centerpieces and ceremony arrangements. This workshop offers practical, hands–on experience that will further develop your own skills and increase your confidence to explore outside the box. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, you will design your own pieces that include:
Reception Flowers: Explore a plethora of ideas for the wedding reception, including centerpieces, arrangements for the buffets and cake decorations
Ceremony Flowers: Together you will design elements for the wedding ceremony, including archway decorations and pew arrangements
Personal Flowers: Become comfortable with designing flowers for the wedding party, including the bridal bouquets, flower crowns, pomanders, corsages and boutonnieres.

Hone your artistic talents, be encouraged to listen to your intuition and further your own vision!

Fee: $750 members; $900 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

brightly colored springtime arrangement

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructors: Wendy Morck

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.

multi-colored floral arrangement

Introduction to Home Floral Design R

Saturdays, July 18 and 25, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 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: $250 members; $300 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.

multi-colored floral arrangement

Living Centerpieces E

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 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 book: $150 members; $180 non–members.
Fee without book: $125 members; $150 non–members. Fee includes all classroom plant materials and container.

book cover, seeing flowers

Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers E

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Author and presenter: Teri Dunn Chase

We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Seeing Flowers is a visual feast that splendidly portraits popular garden flowers using a unique photo process that allows one to see details few have ever seen of each exquisite flower structure such as the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils or the subtle shadings on a petals. Author Teri Dunn Chace's lyrical and illuminating presentation compliments these images and offers insights on each flower by exploring their distinguishing characteristics and sharing fascinating tidbits, tales and lore. Whether you're a nature lover, gardener, a photography buff or someone who simply responds to the timeless beauty of the floral world, Seeing Flowers will be a source of enduring delight. A book sales and signing will immediately follow the presentation.

Fee: $25 members; $35 non–members. Fee includes same day admission to Filoli and the other programs offered during our summer programs, The Great Big Garden Bonanza. Check back for complete program details.

brightly colored summer arrangement in a square container

Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R

Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 29, Friday, September 11, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 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: $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.

autumn-colored wreath

Fall Wreaths E

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Katherine Glazier

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

Fee: $95 members; $115 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

tall table-top arrangement

Floral Arrangements for Special Occasions R

Saturday, October 3; Fridays, October 9 and 16, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructors: Wendy Morck

Engagements, weddings, birthday and anniversary parties and other special occasions are complimented 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.

autumn-colored wreath

Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana R

Wednesdays, October 7 and 14, or Saturdays, October 10 and 17, 2015, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Nancy “Sorin” Locke

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 floral materials. Download a small list of other materials using the link below.

Slow Flowers
Four Seasons of Locally–Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow, and Farm

Friday, October 23, 2015
Instructor: Debra Prinzing, a Seattle and Los Angeles-based Outdoor Living Expert

autumn-colored wreath

Morning Lecture E

Friday, October 23, 2015, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Debra Prinzing, award–winning author and outdoor living expert will reveal the “big picture” story about the resurgence of American flower farms and the emerging eco–floral design movement. Discover a healthier alternative, for you, your home, and the planet. It calls for living seasonally and locally, using a sustainable approach to flower consumption and floral design. Her visually–elegant presentation explores the “slow–flower” concept featured in The 50 Mile Bouquet, her 2011 book that discusses local, seasonal and sustainable ways to use flowers often times grown right in your own backyard. The presentation will also feature the personal projects from Debra’s new book, Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm. Learn who is leading this movement, how to source locally–grown flowers in your community and why this cultural shift is so important to gardeners. A book sale and signing will immediately follow the presentation.

Fee: $40 members; $50 non–members

autumn-colored wreath

Afternoon Hands–on Workshop E

Friday, October 23, 2015, 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
Using California–grown flowers, foliage and botanical ingredients, you will create a thoroughly local and seasonal arrangement in your own vase. Express your personal style and employ eco–techniques that avoid chemically–laden products like oasis. Instead, using natural or easy-to-recycle materials like twigs, excelsior and chicken wire, you will create a lavish (and healthy) arrangement to bring home. Students are encouraged to bring cuttings from your own garden, especially greenery, to use and share. This reinforces the “we must cultivate our own garden” theme.

Fee: $125 members; $150 non–members. Fee includes plant 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.