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Floral Design

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 we list the Introduction to Floral Design and Basic Floral Design courses as prerequisites that should 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:

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  • 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?

 

Introduction Sogetsu Ikebana
Tuesdays, May 5 to 26, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art form of flower arranging. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana reflects modern lifestyle and focuses on encounters between two ever-changing entities: humans and nature. Suitable for absolute beginners and students returning for a refresher (only one Ikebana credit is counted toward the Floral Design Certificate.) One-time materials fee of $70 will be due at first class.
[PG15P32] Ada Hirschler

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Creating & Designing with Paper Flowers
Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public $45; Members $35
Add a creative flair to your floral designs by making your own flowers from paper! Artist and floral design Lillian Taggart will walk you through her techniques for crafting beautiful, eye catching floral designs from paper. A list of fresh flower materials will be shared prior to the course – paper materials for flowers is provided. This course does not contribute to the Floral Design Certificate.
[PG15P35] Lillian Taggart

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Creative Floral Design
Mondays, June 1 to 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Use what you’ve learned from Fundamentals I & II and explore the ground-breaking designs developed in the freedom-seeking 1960s. Creative design styles such as parallel, satellitic, synergistic, underwater and duo-designs will have you thinking outside the vase. Prerequisites: Floral Design Fundamentals I & II (formerly Introduction, & Basic Floral Design)
[PG15S01] Sue Clarkson

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Floral Design Fundamentals I (formerly Introduction to Floral Design*SOLD OUT*
Wednesdays, June 3 to 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
This popular course is suitable for complete 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 pre-requisite to all other courses in our Floral Design program.
[PG15S02] Ursula Eley

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Manipulating Foliage
Wednesdays, June 17 to July 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions, no class Canada Day – class is rescheduled for Thursday July 2)
Public $170; Members $140
A popular modern technique, manipulating foliage in a design can create rhythm, interest, impact and abstraction. In this hands-on course, learn how to use techniques like rolling, plaiting, braiding and boondoggling on leaves such as aspidistra, flax and palm. One-time materials fee of $70 will be due at first class. Pre-requisites: Floral Design Fundamentals I & II.
[PG15S08] Margaret Taylor

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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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