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.

Registration closes on January 7, 2022, reserve your spot today 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.

Registration closes on November 26, 2021, reserve your spot today to get started!