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

October
Love those lush, flowing bouquets you see in magazines and on social media? Work with gorgeous blooms bursting with texture, romance, and color while learning the basics of the European hand-tie method from Nsombi Woodson, a top NYC designer for more...
10/23 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Woodson
MDTN
Florists and floral designers who want long-lasting, gorgeous interior plantings won't want to 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 more...
10/26 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
10/28 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Wolvek
NYBG
  10/31 Tu 06:15pm-08:55pm Vizoso
MDTN
Today's brides want bouquets that reflect the informal elegance of flowers hand-picked from the garden. Organic and natural clutches may look easy enough to make, but there's a real method to assembling these simple, graceful compositions. Select local blooms and more...
10/31 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Woodson
NYBG
November
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...
11/02 Th 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
MDTN
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
11/08 We 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
NYBG
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...
11/09 Th 11:00am-02:00pm Miura
MDTN
Learn to navigate the bustling New York flower district! Discover where to get the best flowers and hard goods from the pros. Your confirmation letter will include where we will meet in the flower district is identified. Lunch is not more...
11/13 Mo 09:00am-01:30pm Woodson
OFS
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...
11/27 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm White
MDTN
December
The holidays come to life with fragrant, long lasting decorations for your door, table and mantel. Explore working with fresh pine, fir, cedar, boxwood, juniper and arborvitae. Cones and berries will add seasonal flair. Personalize your projects with accents of more...
12/01 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Norman
NYBG
  12/02 Sa 10:30am-04:00pm Norman
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...
12/07 Th 10:00am-04:30pm Edinger
NYBG
Grand vases filled with holly and magnolia add warmth and cheer throughout the winter. Accent these greens with amaryllis and other winter blooms. These flowers can be replaced or augmented for specific holiday events, keeping your arrangement looking fresh throughout more...
12/08 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm White
NYBG
A festive compote of unique greens with extra pops of color from berries, roses, and cymbidium orchids brings life and beauty to your holiday table. Swap out the flowers to create a striking centerpiece that can be easily adapted for more...
12/15 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm White
NYBG
January
Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
01/09 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Garnering thousands of likes on Instagram generates buzz around your floral design business. But do you know what and when to post? Learn to design a simple arrangement, then consciously frame and edit photos you take from your phone. Explore more...
01/11 Th 10:00am-04:30pm Vizoso
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...
01/16 Tu 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
MDTN
Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a more...
01/17 We 10:30am-03:00pm Lubell
NYBG
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...
01/20 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
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...
01/20 Sa 11:00am-03:30pm Jimenez
NYBG
Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire more...
01/22 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...
01/22 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
01/29 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Gilbert
MDTN
February
Reshape foliage into unique, playful shapes by weaving, plaiting, rolling, or knotting it. Add Aspidistra leaves, palm fronds, hala, and other plants to bold, tropical flowers to create two dramatic contemporary arrangements. $70 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist more...
02/06 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Edinger
NYBG
A designer's bread and butter is the "weekly", a standing order of vase arrangements for regular clients each week. While all designers have the basic skills for working with vases, this class expands those creative abilities using a variety of more...
02/07 We 10:30am-03:00pm Vizoso
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...
02/08 Th 06:15pm-08:55pm Edinger
MDTN
The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
02/20 Tu 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...
02/21 We 06:15pm-08:55pm Gilbert
MDTN
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...
02/22 Th 10:30am-03:00pm White
NYBG
Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a more...
02/26 Mo 10:30am-03:00pm Woodson
MDTN
March
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...
03/03 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm LaGuerre
MDTN
Today's brides want bouquets that reflect the informal elegance of flowers hand-picked from the garden. Organic and natural clutches may look easy enough to make, but there's a real method to assembling these simple, graceful compositions. Select local blooms and more...
03/05 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Woodson
NYBG
Garnering thousands of likes on Instagram generates buzz around your floral design business. But do you know what and when to post? Learn to design a simple arrangement, then consciously frame and edit photos you take from your phone. Explore more...
03/06 Tu 10:30am-05:00pm Vizoso
MDTN
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...
03/07 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG
Frequently called "the floral artist of his generation", Joseph Massie is one of Europe's top designers—with five consecutive RHS Chelsea Gold Medals to his credit! In spring 2016, Massie—just 27—executed a special commission for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, in which more...
03/09 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Massie
NYBG
Explore the style and construction of couture bridal bouquets throughout English history, starting with Queen Victoria. Inspired by tradition but very much a fan of pushing boundaries, Joseph will be your guide as you create an exquisite bouquet, boutonniere, corsage more...
03/09 Fr 10:00am-04:00pm Massie
NYBG
Examine current trends and aesthetic techniques popular in English floral design. Craft a technically excellent, visually resplendent centerpiece, then style it with linens and accessories for maximum visual impact. Joseph will also demonstrate two further pieces as variations upon the more...
03/10 Sa 10:00am-04:00pm Massie
NYBG
Hellebores, anemones, and tulips bring a breath of fresh air to winter rooms. Guided by trending designer Sierra Steifman of Poppies and Posies, create lavish, organic arrangements that usher in the promise of spring. $100 materials fee.
Please bring: more...
03/12 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Steifman
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...
03/16 Fr 10:00am-02:30pm White
NYBG
April
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...
04/11 We 10:00am-02:30pm Cawley
NYBG