The Foundation for Beginners: The Five Day Course: Wednesday 11th September-Wednesday 9th October, 10.00am-3.00pm

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The Foundation for Beginners: The Five Day Course: Wednesday 11th September-Wednesday 9th October, 10.00am-3.00pm


Our beginners guide to floristry has been designed to give students a comprehensive insight into contemporary floral design and give students a hands on guide to entering the floristry industry. 

Our course provides students with the basic design principles in floristry, however we have a strong desire to teach students fashionable and up to date designs. While working with some truly beautiful flowers and foliage, Alicia will encourage everyone from an early stage to develop their own style and together she will encourage all students to reach their potential and beyond. 

There is a strong focus on colour calibrations and textures. You will work with the very best of flowers, locally grown and from Holland.

As well as individual practical work, we will work as a group to create large installations. There will be lots of photograph opportunities! 

As way as practical work there is a strong focus on theory too. We cover planning an event, budgeting, working with wholesalers and an introduction into creating your own business.

Everyone is supplied with a Flourish Sussex Flower School notebook and a cut flower guide book.

Sessions 1

Morning: Hand Tied Bouquet: We will create a hand tied bouquet and students will learn to master the stem twist. We will then gift wrap the bouquet.

Afternoon: Bridal Posy: Wedding work is such a large part of any floristry business. We will learn to create a posy for a bride. We will look at ways of wrapping the bouquet with ribbon and the varieties of ribbon that are available.

Session Two:

Morning: Buttonholes, wired and garden style: We will turn to wiring and students will learn to wire buttonholes and corsages, as well as presenting them in a beautiful way for a wedding. Students will learn the traditional way of creating a buttonhole, as well as the garden style.

Afternoon: Theory, a guide to running a wedding: We will discuss planning for a wedding, looking at colour, design and proportion, ordering and costing, and how to reduce wastage. We will also give you an example of a bridal consultation and you will see examples of mood boards that are helpful when planning a wedding. Students will come away with an information pack.

Session Three:

Morning: Free Flowing Bouquet: We will create a free flowing bouquet for a bride, a popular design which has taken over the dated traditional wired shower bouquet.

Afternoon: We will turn our attention to funeral work. We will discuss the importance of dealing with family members when they are grieving . We will look at the different displays that as a florist you can create for a funeral. Students will be shown and will create a sympathy wreath display. A demonstration will also be given to creating a double ended coffin spray.

Session Four:

Morning: Theory Class, introduction into starting your own business & flower cut test. We will give an introduction into running your own business, with a hand out containing information regarding creating your own business plan.


Session Five: Harvest festival centre design. We will make individual displays and as a group we will put them together to create a beautiful display.

Morning: Urn Display, students will be shown and will get to create a urn display suitable for a wedding or an event.

Afternoon: We will finish off the course by making a group runner suitable for an event. We will also style the table to make a perfect photograph for your portfolio.

The course will finish with all students receiving a certificate and of course a glass of bubbly! 


  • 10am-4pm, an hours break for lunch.

  • All materials included

  • Teas, coffee and sweet treats served throughout.

  • A hand cut flower book to keep.

  • A Flourish Sussex Flower School notebook.

  • The opportunity to become part of Flourish's community and join our private Facebook page where Alicia shares advice, design tips and posts videos of her designs.

  • Payment plans available, contact us for more details.

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