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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.

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.

“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 with succulents in a pumpkin

Home Floral Design Shapes and Containers R

Saturdays, April 12, 26 and May 3 or Tuesdays, April 15, 29 and May 6, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Morck

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.

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.

colorful summer arrangement

Summer Inspirations: Blooms, Fruits and Veggies E

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Najat Nicola

Stunning arrangements that evoke all of our senses not only look beautiful, but also delectable and their aromas are intoxicating. Through an engaging demonstration, watch and listen as the instructor creates an exquisite example of this type of special floral arrangement. Then create your own personal masterpiece using seasonal blooms and fresh fruits and veggies. Everyone leaves with a gorgeous arrangement and the inspiration to create displays throughout the summer and beyond.

Fee: $145 members; $175 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

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.
floral arrangement

 

Photographing Flower Arrangements E

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

This workshop includes classroom instruction on equipment use and technique, photo shoots with plenty of individual attention and friendly critiques.

Fee: $65 members; $80 non–members.

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.