Floral Design

Floral Design

Introduction to Floral Design – SOLD OUT

Mondays, January 5 to 26, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (four sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
This popular hands-on course is suitable for beginners, for personal or professional interest. Learn floral design basics, such as how to select and condition flowers, use floral design supplies and create different design types. Each week you’ll create one of the following floral designs in class using the elements of design and colour: water viewing, hand-tied bouquet, crescent and triangular. Materials list will be e-mailed prior to the start date. Pre-requisite to all other courses in our Floral Design Certificate program.
[PG15W04] Sue Clarkson

Miniature, Small and Large Floral Design
Thursdays, January 15 to February 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (four sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn how to design on different scales, from tiny, magical miniature pieces to large impressive floral designs. Proportion and scale, of utmost importance for designing all sizes, are discussed in detail. Create designs using both fresh and dried material and contrast traditional with modern design. This course is vital to achieve a full understanding of the scope of floral design. Pre-requisite: Basic Floral Design.
[PG15W05] Margaret Taylor


Basic Floral Design
Wednesdays, Feb. 4 to 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.(4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
In this follow-up to Introduction to Floral Design, gain in-depth knowledge of plant material and design techniques. Create more complex designs such as columnar line, line mass and asymmetrical triangular mass. Discover what floral judges are looking for in an award-wining design. Materials list will be e-mailed prior to course start date. Prerequisite: Introduction to Floral Design.
[PG15W11] Ursula Eley


Modern Design
Wednesdays, April 8 to 29, 6:30 to 9:30 (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn how to use the elements and principles of modern art to create innovative and exciting floral designs. Prerequisites: Introduction to Floral Design and Basic Floral Design.
[PG15P11] Margaret Taylor


Introduction to Floral Design
Thursdays, April 9, 16 to 30, 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. Materials list to be supplied.
[PG15P15] Celia Roberts


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 after you’ve completed the prerequisite course, otherwise a cancellation fee may apply.

Fees do not include floral material or supplies. Buying flowers and containers is always a challenge, but also part of the learning process. You may use any material that is available to you but not on the list provided. 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 materials chosen or whether materials are purchased from a shop or are collected from your own garden/houseplants.

You’ll 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 be available to help you choose these items.

  • 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.

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