Floral Design Classes

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Flower arranging has long been a tradition at Filoli and began as a way to bring the beautiful, seasonal garden flowers into Filoli’s mansion. We continue that tradition by offering a program for students who want to do the same in their own homes.

Floral design students are offered a range of techniques and materials and can choose to design imaginative centerpieces or perfectly proportioned Ikebana arrangements. All classes include a take-home project so students can enjoy their creations at home. Fees include all classroom plant materials and containers unless otherwise noted. All classes are open to all students, however, some classes require prerequisites.

For the Class Catalog please visit the Adult Classes Overview page. Additional classes will be listed in the June-December catalog which is released in spring.

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Feb
22
Fri
Today’s Trends: Table Styling and Centerpieces
Feb 22 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Today's Trends: Table Styling and Centerpieces

This class is sold out. Please contact Filoli to be added to the wait list: 650-364-8300 option 1.

Create dynamic arrangements that use trending color palettes and play with depth. Expand your palette and combine unexpected materials with lush flowers using low bowl containers. You’ll also learn table styling tips and techniques.

This class counts as an elective for the Floral Design Certificate Program.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Feb
23
Sat
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
Feb 23 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone

This class is sold out. Please contact Filoli to be added to the wait list: 650-364-8300 option 1.

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to brighten your home and bring the garden indoors. You’ll use a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms as you learn how to cut, condition, arrange, and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment. This is a great class to do with friends, or to gift to a friend. All materials included in fee.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Other Dates:

Getting Started May 3

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Mar
30
Sat
Designing With Tulips
Mar 30 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Designing With Tulips

This class is sold out. Please contact Filoli to be added to the wait list: 650-364-8300 option 1.

Take inspiration from the renowned bulb collections on display in Filoli’s spring garden where tulips are the stars of the show. Learn how to purchase, condition, and tame these challenging blooms that continuously change direction, open, and grow. Create a colorful arrangement bursting with bulb flowers and bring home your floral creation to enjoy.

This class counts as an elective for the Floral Design Certificate Program.

Program Details and Materials List

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

May
3
Fri
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone
May 3 @ 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone

This is sold out. Please contact Filoli to be added to the wait list: 650-364-8300 option 1.

Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to brighten your home and bring the garden indoors. You’ll use a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms as you learn how to cut, condition, arrange, and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment. This is a great class to do with friends, or to gift to a friend. All materials included in fee.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

May
16
Thu
Fresh Flower Wreaths
May 16 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Fresh Flower Wreaths

This class is sold out. Please contact Filoli to be added to the wait list: 650-364-8300 option 1.

Use fragrant flowers, branches, pods, and vines to weave a fresh flower wreath. Learn a new way to incorporate materials from your spring garden or favorite floral shop into your home, and replenish your wreath all season long.

This class counts as an elective for the Floral Design Certificate Program but non certificate students are welcome.

Image courtesy of Teresa Sabankaya.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Sep
13
Fri
Woodland Design and Botanical Couture
Sep 13 @ 9:30am – 4:00pm
Woodland Design and Botanical Couture

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Friday, September 13, & Saturday, September 14, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Woodland Texture Designs:
Keenly observe nature and learn how to see, source, scale and shape natural works of art and the detail that goes into utilizing bark, branches, mosses, mushrooms, seed pods, berries, herbs, grasses, succulents, lichens and few flowers to create woodland centerpieces and bouquets.

Botanical Couture:
Learn to innovate jewelry design using wire as a base and piece together the often overlooked pieces of textures in seed pods, succulents, and tendrils along with small or deconstructed flowers; create stunning pieces with a plethora of textures and flowers using unfailing mechanics.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Floral Design Experience.

Image courtesy of Françoise Weeks

Program Details and Materials List

About Françoise Weeks; Born in Belgium, Françoise has infused her work with a quintessential European reverence for flowers and nature. Combined with creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystalized her singular style of Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture pieces, garnering a global following. Her generosity of knowledge and perspective in use of floral materials, structure and mechanics, in addition to the business of being a florist, unite to create rigorous and exciting learning opportunities for her students to explore all that nature has to offer.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Oct
18
Fri
Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana
Oct 18 @ 9:30am – 4:00pm
Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. The world’s top floral designers recognize that a command of Ikebana design principles results in better, more sculptural design work. In this four-lesson course, you will be introduced to these principles by creating arrangements in flat, shallow moribana containers. Learn about line, mass, dimension and asymmetry, as well as techniques for successfully using a pin frog. Students are invited to take home their arrangement.

The class fee includes floral materials only. Students are asked to bring a container and pin frog. See the materials list for details.

This is a required class for the Floral Design Certificate Program.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!