Workshop :: Designing with Garden Roses

Workshop, Floral Design Class in Seattle, Washington - Designing with Garden Roses
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 AND TIME
Sun, April 30, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

LOCATION
Floressence Design Studio
5628 Airport Way S #240
Seattle, WA 98108

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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

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

Upcoming Floral Design Workshop in Colorado!

colorado floral design class

Hello Flower Friends!
I’m excited to head to Colorado in 5 weeks with a very fun trip in the works!! While visiting Colorado I will be holding a one day Floral Design Workshop on Tuesday, August 16th. Floral designers have been snapping up spots — can’t wait to meet those of you who have signed up!! There are a few spaces remaining and if you’ll be in the area I’d love to see you in the class!

What we’ll be discussing and designing – Bridal Bouquets & Compote Styled Centerpieces

We’ll start the day 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 summer flowers! We’ll embellish this beauty with elegant ribbons.
After we design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs.

In the afternoon we’ll work on creating lush, garden styled compote floral designs. We’ll work with chicken wire as our structural mechanic, which will help us create a lush design. We’ll be designing with more gorgeous summer flowers!

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

Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Location: Pink Posey Design Studio, 9850 W 59th Pl, Arvada, CO 80004
Time: 10am to 5pm
Investment: $399.00
Register: HERE

Bella Fiori Dahlia Arrangement

Playdate with Peonies – Floral Design Class

A FEW SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR CLASS THIS SATURDAY!!

Bella Fiori Washington State Floral Designer

Playdate with Peonies Floral Design Class
Saturday, May 21, 2106 | 9:30-Noon

Who wants to join me in playing with perfectly pretty Peonies?! Oh my word, so many adjectives are possible when we talk about this Queen of Flowers, right?! For this particular class we will have a bevy of these beauties to design with at our fingertips, along with some of their complementing flower friends. We’ll discuss the care & handling of the peony while designing a lush, garden style flower arrangement. Our vessel of choice will be a compote using chicken wire as the support structure.

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Location: Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, 5840 Airport Way S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 9:30-Noon
Investment: $225.00 per person
Register: Click Here

bella fiori peony floral arrangement

Floral Design Class in Seattle Washington - Flower Design class about Peonies

Coming to Colorado

colorado floral design class

I’m excited to announce a floral design class scheduled in Colorado for August 16, 2016!

The Bridal Bouquet Designing & Pricing Workshop is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design lush hand-tied bouquets.
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 summer flowers! We’ll embellish this beauty with elegant ribbons.
After we design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs.

In the afternoon we’ll work on creating lush, garden styled compote floral designs. We’ll work with chicken wire as our mechanic, which will help us create a lush design. We’ll be designing with more gorgeous summer flowers!

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

Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Location: Pink Posey Design Studio, 9850 W 59th Pl, Arvada, CO 80004
Time: 10am to 5pm
Investment: $399.00 (July 1st the price will increase to $499)
Register: HERE

Bella Fiori Dahlia Arrangement

Fleur Friday

I thought the tips in this article were all good points for small business owners.
13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people by Thomas C. Corley

If you happen to be in the Seattle, Washington area this coming week — The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is turning FIVE this Wednesday! Come celebrate!
5th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday April 20th, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Also, if you are in Washington .. this coming weekend will probably be that last good weekend to see the tulips in bloom in Skagit Valley. I went to visit the fields yesterday, and while still beautiful and enjoyable the tulips are nearing their end … so if you plan to see them this year be sure to see them soon!!

Roozengaarde Skagit valley

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley

My next floral design class is scheduled for May 21, 2016 in Seattle and the focus will be designing with Peonies – click here to register.
Peonies Floral Design Class Seattle Washington

Flower Focus :: Hellebores

A few weeks ago I posted this photograph on Instagram & Facebook of freshly cut hellebores out of my garden-

Hellebores grown by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Flower Blog

Quite a few people replied and asked how I could cut them so young and have them last? How long until they wilt?
(pretty sure under their breath they were saying – those are going to wilt!)

So here’s the deal. I look for one thing in each stem that I cut – the stem has to have at least one flower on it that has lost its stamens and is starting to go to seed. Check out the three images here, in each one you’ll see the bottom of the three blooms is without the stamens (yellow pollen). My friend Riz of RHR Horticulture shared with me awhile back that the key of getting hellebores to last is to wait to cut them until at least one flower per stem has started to go to seed. Riz is a well known horticulturist, especially here in Washington State.

harvesting hellebores

harvesting and cutting hellebores

when to pick hellebores
Ok, so after I sort through my plants I do a fresh, sharp cut on the stems I want and I immediately dipped the cut stems into QuickDip. In general I don’t use many flower aids/foods, etc. But I find with hellebores it sure doesn’t hurt to dip a fresh cut stem into QuickDip. That’s It!
I have had GREAT LUCK with these two simple steps. I cut the above hellebores two weeks ago for a design class that I was teaching — and guess what, I still have many of them in a vase on my desk!

Here’s one of my arrangements re-using the hellebores I had used in my class demonstration –

Bella Fiori Washington; arrangement of hellebores, ranunculus, viburnum

Here’s another example of how well the hellebores aged.
This is an arrangement designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms
Designed by Amanda of Alluring Blooms, Wisconsin while at a Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Workshop in Seattle, Washington

Ten days later I took her arrangement apart, check out what was left of the flowers –
dead flowers, hellebores are still alive
Crazy, right?? The hellebores still looked great! A few tulips were trying to hang in there. The anemones, hyacinths, pieris japonica, fritillaries and ranunculus were DONE!

So there you have it, that’s what I how I care for cut hellebores out of my garden!