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Floral Design Certificate Classes

The NYBG Certificate Program helps you develop your own aesthetic and master the mechanics for everything from simple bouquets to grand-scale arrangements, while giving you a practical, real-world, business foundation. No experience is necessary—just your flair and enthusiasm! Get started with either Fundamentals of Form or Fundamentals of Style—the first required classes in the Certificate Program.

Click here for an overview of the required courses and electives.

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Classes

April
Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
04/03 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Sebenius
MDTN
Sandra de Ovando's sophisticated, modern floral compositions are always in demand among New York's elites and glamorous institutions. Known for her "simple but not simplistic" style, Sandra showcases the entire plant, not just the petals, in her textural expressions. Explore more...
04/04 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm De Ovando
NYBG
Understanding form underpins successful floral design. From round and triangular to parallel line and the Hogarth curve, building on form, shape, and line is the key to a beautiful and balanced arrangement. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
04/08 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Full, lavish arrangements to enhance entrance halls, ballrooms, parties, and hotels are always in demand. Learn the mechanics behind how these dramatic arrangements are designed and constructed. $200 materials fee. Prerequisite: Wedding Design I

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
04/12 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
04/20 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Gilbert
NYBG
Today's brides are saying "I do!" to a more tailored, classic bouquet, incorporating styles and textures that complement the refined elegance of their contemporary gowns. Assemble locally and Dutch-grown blooms using advanced wrapping techniques and the European spiral-stems hand-tie method more...
04/20 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Sebenius
MDTN
Florists and floral designers who want long-lasting, gorgeous interior plantings won't want miss this unique class from florist, horticulturist, and indoor plant expert Chris Raimondi. In this class, Chris shares essential horticulture practices for proper selection and maintenance of plants more...
04/21 Fr 10:00am-02:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
Fat, fragrant, beautiful—alone or in combination— peonies are more popular than ever, and add a wow factor to bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements throughout the spring and early summer. Take a peek at the variety of peonies, then create a voluptuous more...
04/23 Su 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
NYBG
The farm-to-table movement emphasizing locally sourced food has inspired a new sensibility in floral design. Discover how seasonal elements are redefining beauty all year round—whether through a foraged, wilder aesthetic, or a spare, sylvan elegance. Learn where to source unusual, more...
04/25 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Sebenius
MDTN
Sierra Steifman, owner and creative director of Poppies and Posies, brings her "imperfectly perfect" aesthetic to spring table arrangements in this hands-on workshop. Starting with the centerpiece, Sierra will guide you through a striking yet playful garden-inspired arrangement, using blossoms more...
04/25 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Steifman
NYBG
In addition to exquisite design, a successful event requires a well-conceived plan. Learn how to write a sales proposal based on cost analysis, finalize the terms of the design contract, and order and organize materials, personnel, and deliveries, all within more...
04/26 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
See flowers firsthand in the heart of the New York flower district under the guidance of the Floral Design Certificate Coordinator. Meeting location in the flower district is identified in your confirmation letter. Lunch is not included. Dress for the more...
04/27 Th 09:00am-01:30pm O'Sullivan
OFS
May
Design and create arrangements appropriate for the ceremony, season, and setting, including aisle and altar designs, pew arrangements, and banquet table centerpieces. Work with a remarkable array of flowers, foliage, and fabrics to create captivating garlands and columns. Discussions include more...
05/01 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
There are many types of flowers available for floral designers, from exotic imports to locally grown. Learn to identify new varieties of old favorites, seasonal flowers, and various foliages. Topics include the special handling needs of many flower types. Take more...
05/02 Tu 11:00am-03:30pm Gilbert
NYBG
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From romantic and English garden to landscape and cascade, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
05/04 Th 10:30am-03:00pm Sebenius
NYBG
Bring sylvan beauty indoors in two distinct ways. First, fashion blossoms, bark, mosses, and mushrooms into a vessel for a unique centerpiece of your own creation. Then, explore the mechanics of designing a woodland bouquet bursting with a delightful magic more...
05/05 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Weeks
NYBG
Let your imagination run wild! Create exquisite, deliciously patterned botanical shoes and purses that can be used as fashion accessories or decor. Practice the elusive art of meticulously securing petals, small succulents, seedpods and foliage to inorganic materials. Please bring more...
05/06 Sa 09:00am-04:00pm Weeks
NYBG
There are many types of flowers available for floral designers, from exotic imports to locally grown. Learn to identify new varieties of old favorites, seasonal flowers, and various foliages. Topics include the special handling needs of many flower types. Take more...
05/09 Tu 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
MDTN
Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
05/10 We 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
MDTN
Explore the basic techniques of handling silk flowers to create lush, long-lasting arrangements. Gain helpful skills like wiring and use of hot glue, and learn how to select the best materials for achieving original and unusual effects. $120 materials fee. more...
05/12 Fr 10:00am-04:30pm O'Sullivan
NYBG
Tabletop garlands and floral runners are enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to their lush and elegant beauty. Learn the techniques of color, repetition, and rhythm to create a centerpiece that spans the length of the wedding table, cleverly designed more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Sebenius
NYBG
A loose, textural wildflower arrangement adds summer glow to a space, while making it more natural and inviting. In this session, we'll look at ways to evoke the wild meadow outside with an artistic assortment of locally sourced flowers from more...
05/17 We 10:00am-02:30pm Sebenius
NYBG
Fat, fragrant, beautiful—alone or in combination— peonies are more popular than ever, and add a wow factor to bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements throughout the spring and early summer. Take a peek at the variety of peonies, then create a voluptuous more...
05/20 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Learn the art of embellishing cakes with fresh flowers and foliage for many occasions. Explore the dos and don'ts of decorating cakes with flowers and no-fail approaches to tasteful, creative designs. Party themes are discussed and professional techniques, including conditioning more...
05/20 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Jimenez
NYBG
June
Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
06/01 Th 10:00am-02:30pm TBA
NYBG
Flowers are symbolic in many cultures. Even the particular placement of flowers in an arrangement can send a powerful message. Using ancient Japanese floral principles of hierarchy, asymmetry and movement, craft a design imbued with your own personal meaning. Mold more...
06/02 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Gordon
NYBG
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From romantic and English garden to landscape and cascade, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Gilbert
MDTN
Sympathy arrangements, properly composed, pay tribute to a departed loved one and offer solace to the grieving. There are details to be discussed with a bereaved family, special etiquette to be observed, and unlimited designs that make a touching statement more...
06/05 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Tonnessen
NYBG
A career in floral design is a passion...and a business! This real-world overview will show you how to work with suppliers, schedules, and deadlines, and help you identify and locate the floral and hard-goods materials and tools required of a more...
06/05 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm White
MDTN
Soft and romantic, fragrant and textured, antique roses are classic. After a brief introduction to a medley of heirloom roses-from the dusty undertones of Juliet to beautiful bicolors such as Amnesia-you'll pair roses and Victorian-style tulips and freesia with traditional more...
06/07 We 10:00am-02:30pm O'Sullivan
NYBG
Full, lavish arrangements to enhance entrance halls, ballrooms, parties, and hotels are always in demand. Learn the mechanics behind how these dramatic arrangements are designed and constructed. $200 materials fee. Prerequisite: Wedding Design I

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
06/07 We 06:15pm-08:55pm Gilbert
MDTN
This ancient Japanese art form seeks to create a living sculpture that transcends the beauty of nature. More than merely arranging flowers, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, focusing on shape, line, more...
06/13 Tu 11:00am-02:00pm Miura
NYBG
See flowers firsthand in the heart of the New York flower district under the guidance of the Floral Design Certificate Coordinator. Meeting location in the flower district is identified in your confirmation letter. Lunch is not included. Dress for the more...
06/29 Th 09:00am-01:30pm O'Sullivan
OFS
July
Understanding form underpins successful floral design. From round and triangular to parallel line and the Hogarth curve, building on form, shape, and line is the key to a beautiful and balanced arrangement. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
07/17 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Moss
MDTN
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From romantic and English garden to landscape and cascade, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
07/24 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
MDTN
Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
07/31 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
MDTN
September
Understanding form underpins successful floral design. From round and triangular to parallel line and the Hogarth curve, building on form, shape, and line is the key to a beautiful and balanced arrangement. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
09/09 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
NYBG