Bloom is a collective of four independent florists working together to educate and energize through floral design,
offering inspired classes for first-time designers and professionals in Southeast Michigan.


Upcoming Classes

All classes begin at 6:30pm and pre-registration is required unless otherwise specified.

April 23: Handtied Bouquets with Susan

May 21: Petite Pedestal Centerpiece with Tracy

Handtied Bouquet: April 23 – SOLD OUT -

handtied bouquet bloom florist collective class ann arborThe hand tied bouquet, also known as the “Dutch bouquet” or the “spiral bouquet” is an essential skill in floral design.    Once mastered, one can easily and quickly make round, luscious bouquets constructed so that each bloom is displayed perfectly.

Made in the hand and tied simply, these bouquets can easily be dropped in a vase or finished with ribbon to make a lovely bridal bouquet. Students will learn this wonderful skill and make their own bouquet to take home and enjoy.

$95 Instruction : Sue at Passionflower Events: 2401 South Industrial, Ann Arbor



Petite Pedestal Centerpiece: May 21

pedestal centerpiece bloom flower class ann arborWe love long centerpieces with draping greenery and flowing blooms.  We’ll make a centerpiece in a re-usable flat dish that can be placed on a small pedestal (a wide candlestick, a vase, etc.) to provide that dramatic, flowing, professional look.  The technique is simple and one that you’ll be able to repeat at home for that next dinner party!  We’ll use lush spring colors and blooms and lots of beautiful foliages and textures for a spectacular piece – you’ll be so impressed with yourself!

$110 Instruction : Tracy at Passionflower Events: 2401 South Industrial, Ann Arbor



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IMG_8370Susan Mcleary of Passionflower Events

What inspires me? I am inspired by many things… the layers of foliage of a landscape, the farmer’s market in August, the places I’ve traveled- but I am especially inspired by unusual, uncommon, and hard to find floral elements. Just as it is in good cooking, I believe in floral design, each floral “ingredient” should be of the best quality, and should be interesting in it’s own right.

Do I have a favorite flower? Well, the passionflower did spark something in me when I first saw one years ago. They are striking, unusual, and last only one day after they are picked! I’d take one bloom over a dozen roses any day!


Holly Rutt of Sweet Pea Floral Design

By day I am a Wedding Floral Designer for my indie biz Sweet Pea Floral Design. By other parts of the day I am an heirloom soap maker with a passion for the best body care ingredients available. I love fusing the organic beauty fresh flowers with the refined artistry of great design.

What inspires me? I am completely inspired by nature, that golden spiral that appears in so many places, leaf veins, nautilus shells, wood grain, and feathers, camp fires, and my house plants (of which there are many). Whenever I’m uninspired a good drive to the country or walk in the woods fixes me right up. A strong cup of black coffee and James Taylor’s greatest hits will do the trick when I can’t get away.

Do I have a favorite flower? Trillium

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Tracy Swinburn of Red Poppy Floral Design

I started with a single floral design class while living abroad in London and then fell in love and completed training at the Jane Packer Studio.  Riding home on the bus after class, clutching that evening’s design, I loved the many smiles from strangers.  I love being a part of that shared joy.  I have been professionally designing for five years, and I proudly started Red Poppy in 2011.

What inspires me? I am inspired by the creative possibilities with floral design — and by how we use flowers to communicate things we can’t say in words.  It sounds cheesy, but it’s true – I work with people at their most emotional, and I feel honored people trust and connect with me.  I love travel, national parks, and gardens of all kinds.

Do I have a favorite flower? Maybe peonies – especially the amazing variety at the Arb!



Gift Certificates

Give the gift of Bloom!

Bloom offers gift certificates for a creative gift for your artistic friends and family members!

You can buy gift certificates online and print them instantly or email them instantly to the recipient.

Click here to purchase a gift certificate in a dollar amount of your choosing ($25 increments).  Depending on the materials, class price varies.  This will give your recipient the flexibility to use this gift certificate toward any Bloom class.

All certificates are valid for one year from the date of issue.



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Cancellations (via email: 14 days in advance of the class will receive a full refund.  Cancellations less than 14 days in advance will receive a credit for a future Bloom class equal to the amount paid minus the amount of any perishable or non-returnable supplies purchased for you.