Courses

Bloom your floral arrangement skills with our variety of floral courses. You’ll learn the art of using flowers to design beautiful arrangements. Whether you’re looking to be a master florist or simply just want to grow your floral skills, these courses are perfect for you. You don’t even need to have a green thumb!

Flower trimming to use in making an arrangement sit on a table in metal buckets

Beginner Course

Course begins January 15, 2022

Saturday’s 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

BW Wholesale Flowers, 2647 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

$300.00 for class instruction $400.00 for materials.

Class requires pre-registration and payment in full.

Need a payment plan? Please contact us today to ask about payment plan options and scholarships.

Class #1

Topic: The Basic’s 
Tools, Terminology, and Design Basics
Design Class: Create a one-sided floral arrangement and learn how to make bows
Shop Talk: Job options for a florist/floral designer 

Class #2

Topic: Centerpieces
Types, Styles, and Seasonal Options
Design Class: Create a fixed stem all around arrangement
Shop Talk: How to design on a budget

Class #3

Topic: Sympathy Flowers
Terminology and Construction Secrets
Design Class: Create a larger one-sided mass arrangements
Shop Talk: Taking an order and other customer service tips

Class #4

Topic: Water Arrangements
Large and Small Hand Tied Centerpieces
Design Class: Create a dozen roses arranged in water, boxed rose techniques
Shop Talk: Create a personal vision and mission statement

Class #5

Topic: All About Plants
Learn about green and flowering plants; identify and care of plants; repotting techniques
Design Class: Preparing a dish garden
Shop Talk: Business and budget plan discussion

Class #6

Topic: Personal Flowers
How to create corsages, boutonniere’s and prom flowers
Design Class: Create corsages, bouts, & arm bouquets
​Shop Talk: Florist pitfalls; community involvement; define personal goals

We can’t wait to be part of your floral design career. Reserve your spot to get started.

Advanced Course

Beginner Course is a recommended prerequisite.

Course begins October 23, 2021

Saturday’s 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

BW Wholesale Flowers, 2647 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

$250.00 for class instruction $400.00 for materials.

Class requires pre-registration and payment in full.

Need a payment plan? Please contact us today to ask about payment plan options and scholarships.

Class #1

Topic:  Brief Review of Beginner Class; A Geometric Approach to Flower Design
Design Class: L shaped, Cresent and Hogarth curves along with the introduction of  non-flower products
Shop Talk: Floral Design in relationship to their purpose and setting

Class #2

Topic: Mass Designs; Intro to Western Line Triangle Designs
Design Class: Mass arrangements – traditional and contemporary
Shop Talk: Historical flower arrangments and their influences on todays designs

Class #3

Topic: Vegetative and Botanical Designs
Design Class: A European vegetative design centerpiece, experimenting with grouping techniques, pave, and framing techniques
Shop Talk: How botanical designs can be used in commercial settings

Class #4

Topic:  Dried Flowers
Design Class: How to dry and preserve flowers, create a dried arrangement in the designers’ choice of container and style
Shop Talk: The language of flowers– how and why it developed and how it can relate to todays world

Class #5

Topic: Mirror Image Design
Design Class: How to design for large spaces. Design two matching, yet opposite, arrangements
Final: A design challenge

Missed this round? Don’t worry! Next course will be held March 5, 2022.

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Class is held December 5, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

BW Wholesale Flowers, 2647 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

$75.00 for Workshop. Materials Included.

Class requires pre-registration and payment in full.

Create an all natural Williamsburg-style wreath using five types of evergreens, apples, holly, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and more. Learn to make swags, garlands, and window plaques. All materials provided to make a 24″ door wreath. Bring clippers to cut pine and gloves if preferred.