new york botanical garden horticultural classes

I get asked a lot of where/how do you start if you want to learn floral design?

I started young, always picking wildflowers at my country farmhouse as a little girl. I would make posies of my mother's peonies in early june, flox in mid summer and wildflowers from the fields during late Indian summers. I wanted to learn more though, the design mechanics that books can not teach. I chose to study horticulture at BYU-Idaho and took many floral design classes along with it as I earned my bachelors degree. But that doesn't help those who are ask me and live local, now that I live in the NYC metro area.

I've come across New York Botanical Gardens adult horticultural education classes. In-depth summer classes taught by top notch professionals in Floral Design, Landscape design or Gardening with a NYBG Certificate at the end of the class. They sound ideal for the person looking to change careers or just learn the floral design art. For me the landscape design classes sound intriguing, and I took basic ones in college, I would love to further my knowledge. Summer classes start July 8th! More information here.
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floral corsages with anthropologie


I had the honor of hosting a DIY Mother's Day workshop at Anthropologie in Montclair, New Jersey last Thursday evening! In honor of Mother's Day, we made some lovely dried floral corsages. The team at the Montclair location went above and beyond to set the scene for a great group of ladies who attended. We sat cozy on their second floor surrounded by large old pained windows, exposed brick and anthro merchandise eyecandy.
First I demonstrated how to use and twist florist tape onto a stem. Then the ladies were given free reign to choose focal flowers, accent flowers, and greens for added texture to their corsages. They also had different ribbons and twine to choose from to wrap their stems and tie bows with.

The finished corsages were placed  in a box and adorned with homemade tags the ladies made.
Gorgeous photos, no?!

To say that I enjoyed myself is an understatement. It was such a fun and intimate evening! Thank you to all of the Ladies who came out and also to those at the Anthropologie store and headquarters who worked hard to bring this event to life.

All of the dreamy photos were taken by talented Casey McDaniel Photography, thank you Casey!

For more photos from the event, check out my facebook page here.
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