A Garden Rose Design Class

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Garden Roses, always a favorite of mine. I’m constantly in awe of the array of colors they come in and the various shapes they offer…. and those puffy, ruffly petals! sigh…

In this class we will indulge our rose cravings with a lush selection of varieties grown by Alexandra Roses. We’ll start with a talk on the care & handling of these garden roses and will then move into a design session. Alicia will create a centerpiece featuring the roses and accent them with complementing flowers and foliages. Attendees will then create their own arrangements using as many stems as their hearts desire!

Hope you can join us for a lovely Sunday afternoon filled with these gorgeous flowers and good company!

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Investment: $225.00 per person
Register: here

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Breanna of Petite Abeille Design

Hail the Hellebore!

Bella Fiori, Green and Burgundy Hellebores, Peach Quince and Akebia Vine

Join us for an afternoon class on April 2nd where we will be inspired by the Queen of Winter, the Hellebore. This little beauty comes in an array of colors – pinks, plums, whites, and greens. We’ll discuss the care & handling of the hellebore while designing a lush, garden style flower arrangement. Our vessel of choice will be a compote using chicken wire as the support structure.

Following Alicia’s demonstration each student will create their own floral arrangement masterpiece to take home.

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Investment: $225.00 per person
Register: here

Amanda of Alluring Blooms designing an arrangement with hellebores

Amanda of Alluring Blooms at the last Hellebore Centerpiece class

A Flower Halo Workshop – Seattle, Washington

Sunday, March 5th - Flower Crown Workshop in Seattle, Washington -Floral Design Class with Flirty Fleurs

A Flower Halo Workshop
Sunday, March 5, 2017 / 1pm to 3:30pm

In this hands-on design class we’ll review ways to construct flower halos, crowns, wreaths, combs – if you can wear it in your hair or on your head we will talk about it!! We’ll create a few beauties with a variety of fresh, spring flowers. All instruction, fresh flowers and hard goods are included, please bring your own clippers.

Investment: $200.00 per person
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-on-flower-halo-workshop-tickets-31980329025

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Floral Design Institute to Award Student Scholarships

Floral Design Institute Portland Oregon - Green bridal bouquet

FLORAL DESIGN INSTITUTE TO AWARD $30,000 IN STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

David and Leanne Kesler, co-owners of Floral Design Institute in Portland, Ore., are pleased to announce that they will be offering student scholarships to state and allied floral organizations throughout the United States in 2017. 

Says David Kesler, “As we approach the 50th anniversary of Floral Design Institute, we wanted to make a significant and lasting contribution to floral design education.” 
 
“The community of floral organizations and their support of floral design education in America has been critical to the success of the floral industry,” states Leanne Kesler. “Through the creation of this scholarship program, we seek to support floral organizations in their offerings of educational opportunities for their members and their member employees.” 

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Floral Design Institute was founded in 1969. In 1986, Leanne began teaching at the school, and she purchased the school in 1988. Her husband, David, joined her in the business in 1994, and together they have built Floral Design Institute into one of the most respected floral design schools in the world. Through their classroom and online certification programs plus advanced seminars and workshops, they now train hundreds of students each year. Their online floral design training videos are viewed by over 1.5 million viewers each year.

“It is so wonderful to be able to do this.” says Leanne. “Like so many floral designers, my career path hasn’t always been easy, and I know how hard it is for some students to come up with the tuition for school. When I bought the school, I was training only 45 students a year. I had to supplement my income with freelance design work and odd jobs. I lived in a single-wide trailer, ate a lot of ramen noodles and did all of my shopping at thrift shops. When times were hard, I used to tell myself, ‘At least I’m Doing Something I Love’, a phrase that I still use today.”

Floral Design Institute Portland Oregon - Green bridal bouquet

Education has been a cornerstone in Leanne’s life. Her mother was an elementary school teacher for 53 years. Leanne discovered her love for floral design in a high school horticulture class and was encouraged to excel by an inspirational teacher, Dave Lambert. ”Throughout my career, his example has driven me to be the best teacher possible, to help students set and achieve their highest goals.” 

Each selected state and allied floral organization will be given a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a member or member’s employee of the organization’s choosing. The scholarship may be applied to any Floral Design Institute class, seminar or workshop including certification programs and online programs.

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Contact:
Leanne Kesler, AIFD PFCI or David Kesler, AIFD PFCI
Floral Design Institute
Portland, Ore.
503-223-8089
www.floraldesigninstitute.com
leanne@floraldesigninstitute.com
david@floraldesigninstitute.com

Floral Design Institute Portland Oregon - floral design classes

Designing Elevated Centerpieces – February 5, 2017

Bella Fiori Washington - Elevated Floral Arrangements

Join us for a Hands-On Elevated Floral Design Workshop on February 5, 2017

Elevated floral designs can be daunting at first, how many flowers will you need? How will you create a base that can hold so many flowers? How will you transport these pieces from your studio to the reception?
In this workshop you will learn how to create elevated floral designs!
We will discuss the mechanics behind these big arrangements and after I give a demonstration on how to create a piece each student will then create their own arrangement. We will discuss pricing as well as transporting these arrangements. Students will be able to take home their arrangement, sans candelabra/vase!
Class is limited to 6 students.

Register: HERE

The Boutonniere and Corsage Workshop – January 29, 2017

Bella Fiori Wristlet Corsage - Floral Design Class Seattle

The Corsage & Boutonniere Class
Beautiful things often come in small packages! In this floral design class we will work on creating the little works of art that are boutonnieres and corsages! Solid mechanics are imperative for creating boutonnieres and corsages that will last a full wedding day. In this class I will share how to wire a variety of flowers, a fundamental floral technique. We will also review gluing techniques to create stylish, elegant corsages.
Would you like to learn more about designing corsages & boutonnieres? Then join us for this hands-on class where we practice the art of wearable flowers.
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1pm – 4pm (please note that this class tends to run long)
Investment: $200.00 per person
Register: HERE

Bridal Bouquet Designing & Pricing Class – January 22, 2017

Bella Fiori Floral Design Washington State - Pink Peony and White Poppy Bouquet

The Bridal Bouquet Designing & Pricing Workshop is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design lush hand-tied bouquets AND how to price them!

Class will begin with Alicia leading a Bouquet Designing Demonstration. Following Alicia’s demonstration attendees will create their own bridal bouquets designing with a lovely assortment of early spring flowers. Think airy, assymterical, Instagram inspired style bridal bouquets; this is the style of bouquet we’ll be creating! We’ll embellish these beauties with elegant ribbons.

After we all design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our bouquets. And as an added exercise in learning about pricing & planning we will write out a floral plan for a wedding party.

All instruction and fresh flowers are included, please bring your own tools.

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Investment: $275.00 per person
Register: HERE

Flirty Fleurs Workshop

Online Social Media Class Starts January 16th!!

flirty fleurs online class - social media class for floral designers starts january 2017

I’m excited to announce our next class specifically for Floral Designers looking to increase the online presence of their Floral Design Business. This e-course will be held online via a private, password protected forum. Class assignments will be posted weekly with hints, tricks and feedback from myself and other class participants. The class lasts for 3 weeks, and the forum will remain active for an additional 4 weeks should you need to access any of the information while working on your newly implemented marketing plans and to connect with other class participants.

Class Starts: January 16, 2017
Class Ends: February 3, 2017
Investment: $299
Sign Up Here

What we will cover in class:
*Week 1 – Critique of your current website and blog with suggestions on how to improve
*Week 2 – All about Instagram!!
*Week 3 – In-depth look at using Facebook for your business. We’ll also cover Pinterest & Twitter this week.

FAQs:
*There will be no refunds or transfers once you have registered & paid for this class.
*Information from this class will not be shared with others outside of this class. Immediate cancellation of your membership will be enforced if you are caught distributing information.
*As the saying goes “what you put into it, is what you get out of it”, full participation is the best way to gain the most success possible.

Pumpkin + Floral Centerpiece

Thanksgiving pumpkin flower arrangement in a white pumpkin with fall leaves. Floral Design Class in Seattle, Washintgon.

Sunday, November 20 – 1pm to 3pm

Join me on a Sunday afternoon this fall to create your own Pumpkin Floral Arrangement! Perfect way to spend the afternoon and create a piece that you can use on your table for Thanksgiving!
We will work with pumpkins as our vessel – and here’s a hint, we won’t be using floral foam in this design! We’ll fill our pumkins with a selection of fall flowers and foliages. It’ll be fun + cute and a total hit with your Thanksgiving guests!
The pumkins, flowers and foliages will all be provided, all you need to bring is a pair of your favorite clippers to cut your flowers.

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way S #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 1:00 to 3pm
Investment: $150.00 per person
Register: HERE

October Schedule of Floral Design Classes

The Bridal Bouquet & Compote Centerpiece Workshop

Floral Design Workshop Seattle Washington

Class will begin with a Bouquet Demonstration. Think airy, assymterical, Instagram-esqe style bridal bouquet; this is the bouquet we’ll be designing with a lovely assortment of fall flowers! We’ll embellish this beauty with elegant ribbons.

The afternoon session we will create compote styled floral centerpieces. A lush and textured ensemble of autumn’s best, including dahlias, roses, berries & rich foliages.

All instruction and fresh flowers are included, please bring your own tools.
Please plan to bring a sack lunch or snack as we’ll take a brief break between the bouquet and centerpiece sessions.
(This class is normally $450, but I’m offering a $100 discount as an end of the flower season last hurrah!)

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Location: Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, 5840 Airport Way South, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 10am to 3pm
Investment: $350.00 per person
Register: HERE

The Corsage & Boutonniere Workshop

Flirty Fleurs Class

Beautiful things often come in small packages! In this floral design class we will work on creating the little works of art that are boutonnieres and corsages! Solid mechanics are imperative for creating boutonnieres and corsages that will last a full wedding day. In this class I will share how to wire a variety of flowers, a fundamental floral technique. We will also review gluing techniques to create stylish, elegant corsages.

Would you like to learn more about designing corsages & boutonnieres? Then join us for this hands-on class where we practice the art of wearable flowers.

please note, this class is scheduled from 9am to noon, but it does have a tendency to run long and may last longer than the scheduled three hours depending on the skill level of students

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Location: Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, 5840 Airport Way South, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 9am – Noon
Investment: $200.00 per person
Register: HERE