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
The 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.
We 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!
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!
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
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!
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