Learn how to arrange fresh cut flowers!
Flower Arranging 101
Gain a solid foundation in floral design today! In Flower Arranging 101, you will learn all the basic tools and techniques to get started in floral design. By the end of the course, you will have everything you need to create garden-style floral arrangements for home, friends, or clients!
Flower students range from complete beginners to florists who want to brush up their skills. Many students have gone on to start their own floral businesses or arrange flowers regularly for home and friends.
By Emily Quinton and Marie C.
Flower Arranging 101: Course Content
The course includes five lessons. To submit your homework, you will take a photo of your flower arrangement and upload it to our online gallery for feedback.
Lesson 1: The Basics
-How to shop for flowers
-How to prep your flower ingredients
-How to condition flowers
-What you need in your floral toolbox
Lesson 2: How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet
-Learn the timeless techniques for making a hand-tied bouquet, a technique florists use over and over again for natural flower arranging.
-Learn the recipe elements to create the bouquet and how to choose flowers for a compelling composition.
-Learn how to create an aqua-pack for hand-tied bouquets.
-Create your own hand-tied bouquet and receive feedback from Chelsea.
Lesson 3: Making a Wild English Arrangement
-How to choose the right flowers to create a garden-style effect.
-How to build a shape for your arrangement.
-Two different ways to build mechanics for a shallow vase, including an all-natural method.
-How to compose a wild, garden-style floral arrangement.
-Make your own version and receive feedback from Chelsea.
Lesson 4: How to Make a Flower Crown
-Learn how to choose the proper flowers for successful flower crowns.
-Learn the tools and techniques for professional flower crowns.
-Create a flower crown along with Chelsea, and receive feedback on it.
Lesson 5: Bridal Bouquet + Boutonnière
-Learn how to choose the proper flowers for a bridal bouquet.
-Using the hand-tied bouquet technique, we will create a bridal bouquet.
-Learn how to treat and prepare a bouquet so it is vibrant on the day of the wedding.
-Learn how to profesionally ribbon the bouquet.
-Learn how to create a matching boutonnière for the bouquet.
-Create your own bridal bouquet and boutonnière and receive feedback from Chelsea.
With over twenty years experience as a florist and floral stylist, I pair my skills as a stylist and my training in classical floral design to create floral designs that feel effortless, fresh, and straight from the garden! My first flower arranging book will publish Spring 2021 with Abrams. In my online flower workshops at Frolic! Flower School, I teach you all my secrets for composing fresh floral arrangements for clients or just for yourself. Learn more about my story here.
More Testimonials and Student Work from Flower Arranging 101!
What supplies do I need for the course?
If you want to complete the homework (we recommend doing the homework!), you will need a few supplies. Each lesson offers a full list of supplies. You will need:
Access to fresh flowers. Download our flower sourcing guide here.
A low vase or bowl
String or twine
Parchment paper (optional)
A camera (can be phone) to take photos of your assignments to submit for homework.
Where do I find flowers?
We recommend Fifty Flowers and when you sign up, you will receive a discount code to shop with them.
You can also download our sourcing guide here for additional ideas.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have ongoing access once you sign up!
Do I need to be located in the USA?
No. We have had students from all over the world!