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Floristry 101 - Six Weeks

Join us to learn the fundamentals of floral design and the intricacies of the floral industry. Perfect for individuals who want to kick start their career as a floral designer and for those who want to gain confidence and skills designing with fresh flowers. This six-week course will provide you with the skills to take on an entry-level position at a flower shop and give individuals the confidence to design with flowers.

All the supplies required for the course are included in the cost:

• Fresh flowers and greenery
• Containers and vases
• Mechanics - wire, tapes
• PLUS a floral design tool kit that is yours to keep 

Course Breakdown by Week:

Week One: Processing, Handling, and Care of Flowers

Flowers usually arrive at a floral shop in the cardboard boxes the growers shipped them in and have been without a water source for several days. Learn how flowers arrive to us from the growers and how to process flowers when they are in this fragile state in order to prepare them for design and/or sale. Different types of flowers require different handling and care for various stages of their life. We will discuss this thoroughly and students will learn how to use the tools in their floral kits.

Week Two: Grid System Vase Arrangement

During this class you will acquire the skill of designing in a wide-mouthed vase. Using a grid system enables you to create an intricate design while fully supporting each stem.

Week Three: One-Sided Design Using Florist Wire

This class will focus on using wire to create floral arrangements that are one sided – perfect for mantles, sideboards or side tables. 

Students will be challenged with a more sustainable design technique for creating floral arrangements.

Week Four: All-Sided Design Using Florist Wire

In this class we will create an all sided arrangement in a vessel with florist wire. Students will be challenged with a more sustainable design technique for creating floral arrangements that are suitable for a table centrepiece, whereby making it aesthetically pleasing from all angles.

Week Five: Boutonnière Basics

Wiring and taping are an essential skill to have in floristry – this class will show you how to put it to good use. You will be shown how to create beautiful boutonnières for weddings, proms and events.

Week Six: European Hand Tied Bouquet

Hand tied bouquets are the most advanced design that we will be covering during the last week of the course. Instead of using a vase with a grid, chicken wire or floral foam, you will be creating a floral arrangement in your hand. This style of design takes planning, preparation and most importantly PATIENCE!


Wednesday, September 14th
Wednesday, September 21st
Wednesday, September 28th
Wednesday, October 12th
Wednesday, October 19th
Wednesday, October 26th

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Limited to 6 students.

If it is not safe to gather before or during the duration of the 6 weeks of class, we will postpone it to a later date.

This class is open to students of all levels over the age of 18. Full payment is required to reserve your spot. This class is non-refundable or transferable.

Living Fresh is happy to also offer

  • Daily local flower deliveries
  • Custom-made, garden styled hand-tied bouquets and vase arrangements starting at $50.
  • Terrariums, plants and custom indoor or outdoor planters
  • Gift certificates available for flowers, plants, classes and workshops