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!

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


December

A grand centerpiece in a pedestal vase brings the elegance of a Dutch still-life to your dining or entry room. Capture the essence of this festive season with large Dutch amaryllis and ranunculus, English garden roses, Italian lisianthus, hydrangeas, and more...
232FDN320 12/15 Th 11:00am-1:00pm O'Sullivan
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...
232FDN400C 12/15 Th 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS

January

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.
233FDN300A 01/10 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
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...
233FDN504 01/12 Th 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.
233FDN300B 01/17 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

Our mini-intensive provides an accelerated way to complete the first three requirements in the NYBG Certificate Program. You'll work with industry professionals to gain the key skills needed to become a floral designer.
233FDN956 01/17 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

Professional prop stylist Robin Zachary shares creative ways to style and photograph your finished floral arrangements for use on your website, portfolio, and/or social media accounts. Learn how to design a set with a variety of backdrops and props in more...
233FDN312BO 01/21 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Zachary
ONLINE

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. more...
233FDN308BO 01/23 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233FDN302C 01/24 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

Bring wintry flair into your home. Fashion an elegant and textural arrangement using a mix of natural materials such as lichen branches, juniper, quince branches, and eucalyptus pods, combined with seasonal floral gems including hellebores, amaryllis, poppies, and orchids.
233FDN330O 01/25 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Werber
ONLINE

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...
233FDN304B 01/31 Tu 10:30am-3:00pm Mele
MDTN

February

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.
233FDN300CO 02/01 We 10:00am-4:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

Spend an inspiring day honing your floral design and social media marketing skills! In the morning, craft a bold and ornamental design in the Baroque style with a modern twist. Then, style still-life vignettes using your arrangement and a variety more...
233FDN350B 02/04 Sa 10:00am-5:00pm Mele
Jamison
MDTN

Learn how different tools can be used to anchor flowers and achieve unique shapes, without the use of floral foam. Each day, you'll focus on a specific sustainable tool-floral pin frogs, aluminum wire, and branches-to create beautiful, contemporary arrangements that more...
233FDN452BO 02/09 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233FDN302D 02/21 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
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...
233FDN325 02/21 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Miura
MDTN

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...
233FDN382 02/25 Sa 10:00am-4:30pm Norman
NYBG

March

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. more...
233FDN308CO 03/02 Th 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

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...
233FDN310B 03/10 Fr 10:00am-2:30pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG

The elegant Boho bridal bouquet continues to be on trend. Learn to design an asymmetrical array of blossoms accented by at least three different types of greenery using an egg cage, a technique popularized by Holly Heider Chapple as an more...
233FDN313O 03/12 Su 10:00am-12:00pm Woodson
ONLINE

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...
233FDN306BO 03/13 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Edinger
ONLINE

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. $225 materials fee.
233FDN502 03/22 We 10:00am-2:30pm Woodson
NYBG

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...
233FDN304C 03/28 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Cawley
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...
233FDN400B 03/29 We 9:00am-12:30pm Woodson
OFS