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

Summer Series

To introduce students to the art of floral design and to share our passion and love of flowers!

For students in grades 6-12 curious about art and floral design

Course begins June 11, 2022

Saturday’s 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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

$275.00 per person for all 5 classes

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 – Petals 101

Topic:  Intro to the work and art of floral design, starting with a behind the scenes tour of BW Wholesale. Floral care and terminology, tools of the trade, and elements and principles of design will be taught.
Activity: Students will create a fresh flower centerpiece using Oasis floral foam.

Class #2 – Go With the Flow

Topic: Introduction to water designs and natural mechanics.
Activity: Students will design a floral arrangement using foliage and branches.

Class #3 – Stylin’

Topic: Introduction to body flowers and garlands using proper wiring and gluing techniques.
Activity: Students will create floral crowns, wristlets, corsages and other body flowers.

Class #4 – Feeling Groovy

Topic: Introduction to floral highlighting individual style through color and texture as well as working as a team.
Activity: Students will work as a team to design and construct a floral installation piece, to be featured and displayed on site at BW Wholesale.

Class #5 – Staycation Escape

Topic: Introduction to vegetative designs.
Activity: Students will create personal tablescape designs focusing on FLOWER POWER.
Parents and friends will be invited to view the students’ artistry and to enjoy some light refreshments!

Beginner Course

Course begins September 10, 2022

Saturday’s 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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

$300.00 for class instruction $450.00 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 today to get started!

Advanced Course

Beginner Course is a recommended prerequisite.

Course begins October 22, 2022

Saturday’s 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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

$250.00 for class instruction $450.00 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

If you’ve already taken our beginners course, this one’s for you!