Floral Design

Floral Design Fundamentals II
Wednesdays, March 2 to 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
In this follow-up to Fundamentals I, gain in-depth knowledge of plant material and design techniques. Create more complex designs in class, such as a columnar line design, line mass design and asymmetrical triangular mass design, and get key tips on what floral judges are looking for in an award-wining design. Materials list will be e-mailed prior to the course start date. Prerequisite: Floral Design Fundamentals I.
[PG16W26] Pat Ware


Advanced Floral Design: Creative Design 102
Mondays, March 7 to 28, 6:30 to 9:30 (4 sessions)
Public $190; Members $155
Are you a graduate, or soon to be, of the Floral Design Certificate? Use what you’ve learned so far and expand your skills through our Advanced Certificate course. This course will build on your knowledge and skills related to the creative design trends begun in the 60s. New designs are still being created which break all the rules of traditional design and extend our scope as designers. We will learn angular design, multi-rhythmic design, tapes¬try design and transparency design, all of which challenge conventional ideas. Prerequisites: Floral Design Certificate or the five mandatory Floral Design courses in preparation of the certificate.
[PG16W28] Margaret Taylor


Floral Design Fundamentals I *SOLD OUT*
Wednesdays, April 6 to 27, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
This popular course is suitable for com¬plete beginners, whether for personal or professional interest. Learn floral design fundamentals such as how to select and condition flowers, how to use floral design supplies and different types of designs. In this hands-on course, each week you’ll create one of the following designs in class using the principles and elements of design and colour: water viewing, hand-tied bouquet, crescent and triangular. Materials lists will be e-mailed prior to the course start date. This course is the prerequisite to all other courses in our Floral Design program.
[PG16-P03] Ellen Clark

Modern Floral Design
Thursdays, April 7 to 28, 6:30 to 9:30 (4 sessions)
Public $190; Members $155
Explore the world of modern design through this structured series of teach¬ings covering modern line, modern line mass, modern mass and layer design. Students will be challenged to create unique arrangements that fit the mould of each particular style while showing personal flair. Prerequisites: Floral Design Fundamentals I & II.
[PG16P04] Celia Roberts


Spring Garden Centrepiece
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Public $45; Members $40
Join our resident Floral Design Program Coordinator, Margaret Taylor for a one-off class to practice your floral design skills or glean new ones. Take advantage of the season and the bounty of spring flowers to create a simple, yet intentional piece perfect for any table. No experience necessary – materials are included but students are encouraged to bring their own additional materials from their gardens. This class does not contribute to the certificate.
[PG16P08] Margaret Taylor


Floral Design is one of our most popular programs – here are some FAQ’s to see if it’s right for you!

Can I take Floral Design courses if I’ve never done it before?

  • Yes! Our Floral Design courses are structured to welcome anyone/everyone with an interest in designing with flowers.

Can I choose from any of the available courses?

  • To ensure the program develops students knowledge based on the same set of skills, the Floral Design Fundamentals I & Fundamentals II courses as prerequisites that are required to be taken first. Please only register for courses that you meet the requirements for, otherwise a cancellation fee may apply.

How long are the courses?

  • Each course is structured to run with in-class learning one day a week, for three hours, over four weeks. Students are encouraged to strive for perfect attendance as there are no make up options for classes.

Are the flowers and  hard materials included?

  • Course fees do not include floral material or supplies. We require students to procure flowers and containers as part of the learning process. Once you have registered for a course, a specific floral material list with be provided that gives you several options. The list is a learning aid for selecting appropriate plant material for a design.
  • You’ll require particular hard supplies for any/all courses. Below is the list of supplies recommended for both the Introductory and Basic courses. All of these supplies are available in the TBG Garden Shop:


  • Snippy Tips I booklet (for fresh plant material)
  • Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards booklet
  • 8 cm (3″) kenzan (pinfrog), preferably with rubber base
  • Stickum — 30 cm (12″) roll in green or white
  • Narrow green waterproof tape — 0.6 or 1.3 cm (¼ or ½”)
  • Standard oasis — 1 block
  • Deluxe oasis — 1 block
  • Chicken wire — 90 cm (3′) (prepackaged by the garden shop)
  • Scissors
  • Secaturs (straight- or curved-edged)
  • Green floral wire, either 22 or 24 gauge (paddle, spool or stick)
  • Container for floral arrangements*

*Containers cannot always be found in the shop specifically for courses, but are widely available in places such as garage sales, dollar stores, hardware stores and department stores, etc.

How much will the materials cost?

  • Each student will have different costs depending on the design and materials chosen. Some students will purchase materials from a florist, or the grocery store while others may collect from their own gardens/houseplants.

What if I want to receive your Certificate in Floral Design?

  • All Floral Design courses can be applied towards the certificate unless noted otherwise. Students are required to meet certain criteria before being eligible for the certificate, see more details here.

I already have experience with Floral Design and just wish to take one particular course – do I still need to take the Introductory?

  • All students are required to attend the mandatory and elective courses in the required order above regardless of previous experience.



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  • Lisa Dale

    If the Intro level is the gatekeeper to all the other levels of Floral course registrations, and it is sold out before 2015 even begins, why bother with all the other courses at all? Why not offer another Intro before dangling before us so many others closed for participation?

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    Will there be an additional Floral Design Fundamentals I ” since there is large interest?