Floral Design Classes

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Floral design courses can be applied towards the Floral Design Certificate unless otherwise noted.

The Introduction to Floral Design and Basic Floral Design courses are prerequisites for other courses as indicated. When registering online, please only register if you have the prerequisite, otherwise a cancellation fee may apply.

Fees do not include floral material or supplies. Buying flowers and containers is always a challenge but also a part of the learning process. You may use a material you want to try that is available to you but not on the list provided to you beforehand.  The list is a learning aid for selecting appropriate plant material for a design. Each student will therefore have different costs, depending on the design and the materials, or whether materials are from a shop or your garden/house plants.

You will require special supplies in these courses. Below is the list of supplies recommended for both the Introductory and Basic courses. All of these supplies are available in TBG’s garden shop. (Hours may vary, please call ahead to ensure the shop is open, 416-397-1357, shop@torontobotanicalgarden.ca or to inquire about prices.) Alternatively, the shop usually remains open for the half hour before the first Introductory class and your instructor will join you to help you choose these items.

  • Snippy Tips I booklet (for fresh plant material)
  • Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards booklet
  • 3 inch kenzan (pinfrog) preferably with rubber base
  • Stickum – 1 ft roll (green or white)
  • Narrow Green Waterproof Tape (¼ or ½ inch)
  • Standard Oasis – 1 block
  • Deluxe Oasis – 1 block
  • Chicken Wire – 3 ft (pre-packaged 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.

Introduction to Floral Design 
Thursdays, March 20 to April 10, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn how to select and condition flowers. Create a dazzling floral design each week using principles of design and colour. A materials list will be supplied in advance of the course start date and you will need to bring your own supplies for floral design work. (To make this easier the TBG shop has stocked the supplies for the Introduction class. The shop will be open for the half-hour before the first class and your instructor will be there to provide guidance.)
[PG14P40] Sue Clarkson

Special Occasion Florals
Wednesdays, April 2 to 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn floral designs to celebrate a variety of occasions: hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages, centrepieces and floral cakes for weddings, birthdays, graduations and anniversaries. Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design.
[PG14P41] Margaret Taylor

Basic Floral Design
Tuesdays, April 15 to May 6, 1 to 4 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
In this follow-up to Introduction to Floral Design, gain deeper knowledge of plant material and design. Discover a new design style each week and take home your creation. A materials list will be provided. Prerequisite: Introduction to Floral Design.
[PG14P42] Celia Roberts

Creative Floral Design
Wednesdays, May 7 to 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn about the groundbreaking designs developed in the freedom-seeking 1960s, such as parallel, satellitic, synergistic, underwater and duo designs. Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design.
[PG14P43] Pat Ware

Farm Tour & Floral Decoration Workshop
Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Public $80; Members $65
Tour the awakening wildflower gardens and meadows at Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, Ontario, to explore the first floral jewels of spring. Practice wildflower floral decoration with fresh-cut spring blooming woodland and alpine wildflowers. Bring your own small vase, plus lunch and we’ll provide the rest! Driving directions and details will be provided. (This event does not apply towards the Floral Design Certificate program.)
[PG14P39] Miriam Goldberger

Introduction to Sogetsu Ikebana
Tuesdays, May 27 to June 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $230; Members $200

kebana is the ancient Japanese art form of flower arranging. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana reflects the modern lifestyle and focuses on encounters between two ever-changing entities: humans and nature. Suitable for absolute beginners and students returning for a refresher (note: only one Ikebana credit is counted toward the certificate). Plant material provided. No prerequisites required.

Back by popular demand, last spring Ada Hirschler, a very highy ranked Sogetsu teacher, introduced a group of students to Sogetsu Ikebana. Sogetsu is the most popular, most modern and fastest growing school of Ikebana in the world. It has evolved within the Japanese Ikebana tradition which has greatly affected our western design styles. The course being offered this year is not a duplication of last year’s course and so if you took it last year and wish to continue with it you may take it again and learn more. However, only one Ikebana course can count towards a certificate in floral design studies.  [PG14S03] Ada Hirschler

 

Florals for Dining Alfresco
Thursday, June 5, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Public $50; Members $40
Eating outside is one of the treats of the warmer weather. Join our workshop to get inspired ideas for your table this summer. Plan a special occasion, like Father’s Day, as an outdoor event. A materials list will be provided. (This course does not apply towards the Floral Design Certificate).
[PG14S04] Margaret Taylor

Designing with Lilies, Roses, Orchids and Tropicals
Tuesdays, July 8 to 29, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Each session covers the unique characteristics in designing with these four elegant flower categories. Learn about their botany, relevance for design, proper care and more. Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design.
[PG14S21] Pat Ware

Wildflower Farm & Florals Tour
Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Public $80; Members $65
Tour acres of wildflower gardens and meadows at Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, Ontario. Practice harvesting and floral decoration with fresh-cut summer-blooming prairie wildflowers and native grasses. Bring your own small vase, plus lunch and we’ll provide the rest! Driving directions and details will be provided. (This event does not apply towards the Floral Design Certificate program.)
[PG14S25] Miriam Goldberger

Introduction to Floral Design
Wednesdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions, no class Sept. 17)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn how to select and condition flowers. Create a dazzling floral design each week using principles of design and colour. A materials list will be provided.
[PG14S35] Pat Ware

Designing with Glass
Thursdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 9, 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
Public $170; Members $140
Glass containers perfectly complement the clean lines of contemporary design. Learn how to use the transparent and opaque qualities of glass to the best advantage in floral arrangements.
[PG14S36] Margaret Taylor

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