Five Flower Arranging Classes to Try This Fall
Homemade floral arrangements seem easy enough to make—that is, until a few floppy blooms cause one side to droop, wrecking the harmonious balance you worked so hard to create.
There are more than a few tips and tricks involved in creating Instagram-worthy bouquets and arrangements, and the best way to tame nature’s petal-filled bounty is with good old-fashioned hands-on practice. Plus, with the holidays around the corner, it’s an especially convenient time to finally nail your first custom centerpiece.
Check out these five local flower arranging workshops to create happy, healthy, and pretty tabletop bouquets of your own.
Blooms of Autumn, Greentail Table
Belmont floral boutique Blooms of Hope is taking a trip to Greentail Table in Newton for another highly demanded flower arranging class. Blooms of Hope owner Nicole Pirani will guide students through each step of the floral design process, providing flowers, containers, tools, and other autumnal accessories for getting creative. Classes are 30 minutes long, and workshop fees include all of the supplies needed for making an arrangement and taking it home. Light refreshments will be served.
$30 per person, Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 and 7 p.m., Greentail Table, 343 Watertown Street, Newton. Register at greentailtable.com.
Woodland and Botanical Couture Workshop, Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens
This two-day workshop is meant to help you to think about plants in new ways. By using foliage, berries, bark, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs, and flowers, Oregon-based floral designer Francoise Weeks will teach the ins and outs of woodland bouquets and centerpieces. The second day of class will focus on headpieces (think: floral crowns) and floral jewelry. The ticket price includes all materials, professional photography, and daily lunches.
$1,585 per person for Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, 9 to 4 p.m. each day, Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens, 218 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington. Register at francoiseweeks.com.
Fall Extravaganza at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, Alice’s Table
With a glass of wine and seasonal small bites placed within reach, this holiday flower arranging class makes for a relaxing evening spent downtown. Flowers, vases, aprons, and tools are provided—simply bring equal parts style and originality.
$80, Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m., Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart Street. Register at alicestable.com.
Dried Flower Wreath Making Workshop, ifarm
At a restored 19th-century farmstead known as ifarm, sustainability is key. This dried flower wreath-making workshop upholds that value, as the organic dried flowers supplied are hand-grown and harvested in ifarm’s permaculture garden. In addition to all of the necessary materials, hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.
$50, Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m., ifarm LLC, 55 Towne Road, Boxford. Register at ifarmboxford.com.
Thanksgiving Blooms, Castle Manor Inn
Head north to Gloucester this fall and take a floral arrangement class in a Victorian inn. The Thanksgiving Blooms event by Alice’s Table promises a Friday night filled with flowers and cocktails. This class teaches the art of crafting Thanksgiving arrangements. Plus, you can bring your creation home, vase and all, to enjoy it before applying your knowledge to this year’s centerpiece.
$65, Friday, November 11, 6 p.m., Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Avenue, Gloucester. Register at alicestable.com.