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Floristry Class Overview

  • How to think like a designer
  • Identify various flowers and expand your plant library
  • Maintain and increase longevity of floral arrangements
  • Get familiar with tools of the trade
  • Dissect client briefs and communicate your ideas

Floristry Course Content

module 1

Diploma in Floral Design




  1. Types and Styles of Floral Displays: An Introduction

    In this floristry class, you will get familiar with different styles of floral arrangements in order to pique your interest and provide you with ideas as precedent (e.g. pedestals, corsage, headpieces, crowns, centerpieces, arches, hanging pieces and letter tributes etc.).

  2. Identifying Plant Species

    In this lesson, you will cover the basics of botany. You will learn to identify flowers by their Latin/botanical names and their common names; characteristics and variations of popular types of cut flowers; common flower forms and their uses in arrangements.

  3. Common Pests and Diseases

    This floristry class will cover the things to notice in order to prevent browning of leaves and petals, and how to prevent this.

  4. Tools of the Trade and Their Uses

    In this lesson, you will be exposed to the tools and equipment used in floristry as well as how to maintain them.

  5. Vessels and Base Materials

    In this lesson, you will learn how to select and prepare suitable vessels and base materials.

  6. Drawing Skills

    In this online class, you will learn how to interpret floristry client briefs as well as how to develop your drawing and communication skills.

  7. When to Make the Cut

    In this lesson, you will learn to differentiate between perennial, annual and biennial flowering plants in order to familiarise yourself with the seasons in which certain flower species are available and in stock for use.

  8. Flower Prepping

    In this floral arrangement class, you will learn how to cut, condition and care for fresh-cut florals in order to extend their "shelf-life". You will also learn how to store flowers for transportation.

module 2

Intermediate in Floral Design



  1. Perspective, Visibility and Suitability

    Look into the ergonomics and the suitability of an arrangement for a space i.e. making sure that an arrangement is not too big or wide on a dinner table as it can block the views of those seated opposite each other.

  2. Fragrance of Flowers

    This online class looks at the importance of fragrance in floristry as well as its subliminal effects on the human psyche.

  3. Symbolism of Flowers

    This online class explores the importance of visual symbolism in floristry and its subliminal effect in order to select the most suitable materials for specific client requests or events.

  4. Colour Harmonies

    In this lesson, you will look at the colour wheel and familiarise yourself with harmonious colour combos.

  5. Colour Harmonies (continued)

    This lesson looks at contrasting colour combinations as well as monologous palettes.

  6. Edible Flowers

    This class introduces edible florals that can be used in floral arrangements and which are suitable for cake decoration.

  7. Flower Saps and Combinations to Avoid

    This lesson covers flower combos that should not be placed together and also combos of flowers that act as natural pesticides to each other in arrangements. You will also look at plants that should be avoided as they can cause the handler to experience skin irritation.

  8. Sustainability and Global Issues in Floristry

    This online floristry class introduces green-conscious techniques that you can apply to your work such as mulching cuttings, using recyclable materials or green equipment. Busting myths on what materials are eco-friendly or not, as well as introducing suitable alternatives. And finally, this lesson looks at what flowers use the most water in production (at warehouse) and their "green footprints".

module 3

Advanced in Floral Design



  1. Primary Design Principles

    In this lesson, you will be look at the effects of positive and negative space, balance, rhythm, proportion, harmony, emphasis and focal points, and their overall impact in creating interest in a floral arrangements.

  2. Secondary Design Principles

    This lesson covers the secondary principles of dominance and contrast (accent, emphasis, focal area and focal point). Line, mass, line-mass arrangements. Positive and negative space including the impact of both in creating interest. Line design styles (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, radial, dynamic and spreading, basing, abstracting, terracing and framing).

  3. Design Elements

    This lesson will identify common design elements/components found in floral arrangement styles. e.g. sprays/fillers etc.

  4. Styles: Classical and Contemporary

    In this lesson, you will learn to identify design structure and shapes in classical style arrangements such as geometric design shapes and colonial/all-round arrangement. Advanced classic styles such as botanical, vegetative, and landscape designs; linear styles; modernistic trends; basing and uniting techniques are also covered.

  5. Styles: Modern and Minimalist

    In this lesson, you will learn to identify design structure and shapes in modern, contemporary style arrangements.

  6. Styles: Ikebana

    This lesson looks at the Japanese style of minimalist floral design called Ikebana.

  7. Manipulation: Foliage/Branches/Grasses/Colour

    This lesson introduces techniques on bending and shaping foliage/branches/grasses for display as well as how you can dye flowers.

  8. Creating a Portfolio

    This lesson covers the importance of photographing and archiving your work for a portfolio and for promotional material.

module 4

Proficient in Floral Design



  1. Adornment and Accessories

    In this lesson, you will look at how to add texture, colour and embellishments to your arrangements as well as wrapping and ribbon techniques.

  2. Framework

    For this lesson, you will learn how to recreate structures out of mesh, wire and wood onto which to insert your florals. This lesson will also cover advanced techniques for wiring as well as when and how to use glue in your designs.

  3. Creating Corsages, Headpieces and Boutonnieres

    This lesson looks at how to design and create small-scaled floral creations.

  4. Hand-Tied Designs

    This lesson looks at the techniques involved in hand-tied floral designs.

  5. Funeral and Sympathy Designs

    In this lesson, you will learn how to be prepare wreaths, funeral flowers and pedestal flower arrangements etc. This lesson covers the meaning of sympathy flowers; religious customs; casket sprays, lid insets, standing easels, and garlands; grave bouquets; pedestal arrangements; working with families and funeral directors.

  6. Wedding Designs and General Designs

    This lesson looks at how to prepare wedding bouquets (shower/cascade and others), archways and table settings. The lesson also covers components of the wedding floral package; centerpieces; ceremonial flowers for rituals and celebrations in churches, cathedrals, chapels, and synagogues; altars; canopies; pews; bridal bouquets; floral headpieces and jewelry; bridesmaids' bouquets; flower girls' baskets; ushers' boutonnieres; corsages for relatives; cake flowers; reception flowers; rental agreements; delivery and pickup schedules.

  7. Based Letter Tributes

    This lesson looks at techniques used to make floral letters with flowers.

  8. Dried Flower Arrangements and Flower Pigments

    This lesson looks at how to utilise dried/deformed stock on arrival for other purposes as well as how to re-use florals from previous events. There will be an introduction to the process of drying and preserving flowers and foliage, and you will also learn how to use certain flowers and their parts for the dyeing of clothes and as a source for pigments.

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