Floral Design Certificate Classes

The NYBG Certificate Program helps you develop your own aesthetic and master the mechanics for everything from simple bouquets to grand-scale arrangements, while giving you a practical, real-world, business foundation. No experience is necessary—just your flair and enthusiasm! Get started with either Fundamentals of Form or Fundamentals of Style—the first required classes in the Certificate Program.

Click here for an overview of the required courses and electives.


January

Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a camera, more...
203FDN349A 01/28 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Woodson
NYBG

February

Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
203FDN306B 02/01 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Jimenez
NYBG

The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
203FDN302E 02/03 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Gilbert
MDTN
203FDN302D 02/05 We 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Learn the techniques and secrets for creating chic, vintage-inspired arrangements in a trendy footed container. Walk through the step-by-step process of crafting a lush, romantic centerpiece. $85 materials fee.

Please bring:
Florist knife, wire cutter, scissors, pruners, a camera, more...
203FDN349B 02/10 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Woodson
MDTN

Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
203FDN304C 02/18 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm Mendler
MDTN

There are many types of flowers available for floral designers, from exotic imports to locally grown. Learn to identify new varieties of old favorites, seasonal flowers, and various foliages. Topics include the special handling needs of many flower types. Take more...
203FDN308B 02/20 Th 6:15pm-8:55pm Edinger
MDTN

March

Sympathy arrangements, properly composed, pay tribute to a departed loved one and offer solace to the grieving. There are details to be discussed with a bereaved family, special etiquette to be observed, and a wide choice of designs that make more...
203FDN382 03/11 We 10:00am-4:30pm Mendler
NYBG

Drawing examples from 18th-century art and architecture—Christin demystifies the language of design to show how color, texture, shape, and space combine to create particular "styles." Take inspiration from Christin's "modern-meets-old-world" aesthetic as you fashion arrangements with seasonal flowers in two more...
203FDN448 03/12 Th 10:30am-4:00pm Geall
NYBG

Using spring bulbs and branches, explore how the textural and structural qualities of your botanical elements can guide the tones you choose. Christin will walk you through your own arrangements, using analogous colors and monochromatic schemes to accent the architectural more...
203FDN435 03/13 Fr 10:30am-4:00pm Geall
NYBG

In addition to exquisite design, a successful event requires a well-conceived plan. Learn how to write a sales proposal based on cost analysis, finalize the terms of the design contract, and order and organize materials, personnel, and deliveries, all within more...
203FDN504B 03/17 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
203FDN300A 03/19 Th 10:30am-3:00pm Cawley
NYBG

Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
203FDN306C 03/23 Mo 6:15pm-8:55pm Gilbert
MDTN

April

Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
204FDN300C 04/05 Su 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG

Design and create arrangements appropriate for the ceremony, season, and setting, including aisle and altar designs, pew arrangements, and banquet table centerpieces. Work with a remarkable array of flowers, foliage, and fabrics to create captivating garlands and columns. Discussions include more...
204FDN305A 04/07 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm Woodson
MDTN

Style a glorious spring centerpiece bursting with sweet hyacinths, daffodils,and ruffled parrot tulips. Discover where to source the best flowers and how to artfully add organic vegetables and herbs to your arrangement. You will leave with a fresh farm-to-table design more...
204FDN348A 04/07 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

Full, lavish arrangements to enhance entrance halls, ballrooms, parties, and hotels are always in demand. Learn the mechanics behind how these dramatic arrangements are designed and constructed. $200 materials fee. Prerequisite: Wedding Design I

Please bring:
Florist knife, more...
204FDN502 04/07 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

This spring The Cutting Edge marks its fifth year of bringing top floral designers to the Garden for intimate sessions that open up new perspectives and techniques. And to celebrate, we're bringing back the designer who launched our series.

Brittany more...
204FDN441 04/15 We 11:00am-4:00pm Asch
NYBG

Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
204FDN306A 04/18 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Jimenez
NYBG

Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
204FDN300B 04/20 Mo 6:15pm-8:55pm Edinger
MDTN

Style a glorious spring centerpiece bursting with sweet hyacinths, daffodils,and ruffled parrot tulips. Discover where to source the best flowers and how to artfully add organic vegetables and herbs to your arrangement. You will leave with a fresh farm-to-table design more...
204FDN348B 04/21 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

Design and create arrangements appropriate for the ceremony, season, and setting, including aisle and altar designs, pew arrangements, and banquet table centerpieces. Work with a remarkable array of flowers, foliage, and fabrics to create captivating garlands and columns. Discussions include more...
204FDN305 04/22 We 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
NYBG

The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
204FDN302A 04/23 Th 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG

The intricate structure of orchids has beguiled cultures across the globe for centuries. Learn how best to showcase their sensual beauty as you design an arrangement using a variety of unusual specimens straight from The Orchid Show. Practice different wiring more...
204FDN397 04/24 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Werber
NYBG

Learn to navigate the bustling New York flower district! Discover where to get the best flowers and hard goods from the pros. Your confirmation letter will include where we will meet in the flower district. Lunch is not included. Dress more...
204FDN400A 04/30 Th 9:00am-12:30pm Edinger
OFS

May

With gorgeous pink palettes and intoxicating fragrance, peonies are the blossoms most loved by floral designers and enthusiasts. You will learn how to select complementary shades and vases to offset their soft beauty. Then, finish your creation by adding textural more...
204FDN356A 05/05 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

There are many types of flowers available for floral designers, from exotic imports to locally grown. Learn to identify new varieties of old favorites, seasonal flowers, and various foliages. Topics include the special handling needs of many flower types. Take more...
204FDN308A 05/07 Th 6:15pm-8:55pm Edinger
MDTN

With gorgeous pink palettes and intoxicating fragrance, peonies are the blossoms most loved by floral designers and enthusiasts. You will learn how to select complementary shades and vases to offset their soft beauty. Then, finish your creation by adding textural more...
204FDN356B 05/19 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

June

Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
204FDN306B 06/02 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm TBA
MDTN

Take creative inspiration from 19th- and 20th-century English gardens blooming with delicate roses with names like Amnesia, Quicksand, and Early Grey.Step-by-step, learn easy techniques for crafting an opulent tabletop from a bygone era. Our choice of container-faux mercury glass footed more...
204FDN387A 06/02 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NCNC

Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
204FDN304A 06/04 Th 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG

This ancient Japanese art form seeks to create a living sculpture that transcends the beauty of nature. More than merely arranging flowers, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, focusing on shape, line, more...
204FDN325 06/06 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Miura
MDTN

Take creative inspiration from 19th- and 20th-century English gardens blooming with delicate roses with names like Amnesia, Quicksand, and Early Grey.Step-by-step, learn easy techniques for crafting an opulent tabletop from a bygone era. Our choice of container-faux mercury glass footed more...
204FDN387B 06/09 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm O'Sullivan
NYBG

What is the line between art and decoration? Think beyond the confines of "pretty" and consider flowers in terms of line, gesture, texture, and form. We will examine the bright colors and infinite patterns of a masterwork by Yayoi Kusama more...
204FDN323A 06/13 Sa 10:00am-4:30pm Werber
NYBG

There are many types of flowers available for floral designers, from exotic imports to locally grown. Learn to identify new varieties of old favorites, seasonal flowers, and various foliages. Topics include the special handling needs of many flower types. Take more...
204FDN308B 06/15 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm Gilbert
NYBG

Learn to turn wrist corsages, floral crowns, and botanical rings into show-stopping works of art. McLeary will walk you what she's learned from ignoring convention again and again, including how to create multi-use pieces that can be worn as a more...
204FDN416 06/16 Tu 10:30am-4:00pm McLeary
NYBG

Artist/designer Susan McLeary of the Michigan-based studio Passionflower is a highly regarded innovator best known for her boundary-pushing living jewelry. Her soulful, seasonally-inspired creations have garnered gold medals from Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition and graced the more...
204FDN434 06/16 Tu 10:30am-4:00pm McLeary
NYBG

McLeary guides you through the process of crafting artful, natural-styled centerpieces by outlining the nine floral layers she uses in her designs. Using this technique, as well as the ancient concept of the golden ratio, create two dynamic centerpieces bursting more...
204FDN417 06/17 We 10:30am-4:00pm McLeary
NYBG

Florists and floral designers who want long-lasting, gorgeous interior plantings won't want to miss this unique class from florist, horticulturist, and indoor plant expert Chris Raimondi. In this class, Chris shares essential horticulture practices for proper selection and maintenance of more...
204FDN310 06/19 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

July

Learn to navigate the bustling New York flower district! Discover where to get the best flowers and hard goods from the pros. Your confirmation letter will include where we will meet in the flower district. Lunch is not included. Dress more...
211FDN400B 07/08 We 9:00am-12:30pm Edinger
OFS

Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300D 07/13 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
MDTN

The ability to command a broad vocabulary of styles defines the professional floral designer. From Neo-Classical and Victorian to English garden and Flemish, understanding floral styles expands your design options, evokes specific moods, and helps create the perfect setting. $245 more...
211FDN302B 07/20 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Gilbert
MDTN

Flowers play a crucial role in creating a memorable wedding. Learn the elements of successful floral wedding design, including the art of fine wiring and taping to create corsages and boutonnieres with fresh flowers, ribbons, and bows. Advance to the more...
211FDN304B 07/27 Mo 10:30am-3:00pm Fletcher
MDTN

August

Learn to navigate the bustling New York flower district! Discover where to get the best flowers and hard goods from the pros. Your confirmation letter will include where we will meet in the flower district. Lunch is not included. Dress more...
211FDN400C 08/03 Mo 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

Professional prop stylist Robin Zachary shares her insights on styling photos using botanicals. She'll also show you how to curate a variety of tabletop settings, including modern, vintage, and rustic. Some backdrops and props will be provided, but feel free more...
211FDN312B 08/08 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Zachary
MDTN

What is the line between art and decoration? Think beyond the confines of "pretty" and consider flowers in terms of line, gesture, texture, and form. We will examine the bright colors and infinite patterns of a masterwork by Yayoi Kusama more...
211FDN323B 08/11 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
MDTN

September

Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300E 09/13 Su 11:00am-3:30pm Woodson
NYBG
211FDN300G 09/15 Tu 6:15pm-8:55pm Edinger
MDTN

Colors—like flowers themselves—evoke feeling and sentiment, and set the mood. Explore the role of color in floral design using a spectrum of flowers. This course gives you a solid grounding in color theory, while highlighting the latest hues and color more...
211FDN306C 09/17 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Edinger
NYBG

Learn the keys to successful floral design and master the mechanics needed to create round, triangular, parallel, and crescent arrangements. Experiment with shape, line, and symmetry while composing beautiful, balanced creations. $245 materials fee.

Required Text:
Principles of Floral Design, Pat more...
211FDN300F 09/23 We 10:30am-3:00pm Cawley
NYBG