I love fresh flowers (hint to my hubby if you're reading this)! There are numerous studies which show that having a bouquet of fresh flowers can elevate mood and reduce stress levels. Ordering flowers from a floral shop on a regular basis can get pricey. Learning how to arrange flowers is a skill that will come in handy and save you lots of money. There are so many occasions where flowers are appropriate - holidays, births, illnesses, engagements, showers, birthdays, etc.
Most community colleges offer continuing education classes. I took HORT 4000 - Fundamentals of Floral Design from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE. I also took HORT 261 - Floral Design 1 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They're not like typical college courses. They were very fun and hands on. Every week we made a new bouquet to take home. We learned about color, lines, shape, texture, space, care and handling, managing a floral shop, marketing and critiquing of floral designs.
Here are some of the arrangements I have made:
|Very first arrangement|
|Darn cat. Always chewing on my flowers.|
In HORT 261, we had to design a floral plan for a wedding. It was great practice for my own wedding where I did all of the flowers. See that blog post here. Below are the flowers that we ordered from Sam's Club.
I spent most of the day before the wedding arranging them. We had fresh flowers literally everywhere and it only cost us around $300. The same arrangements done by a florist would have cost at least $2,000 and we wouldn't have had as much flexibility. I was glad that I had a couple of floral classes under my belt before the wedding. Numerous people asked which floral shop we hired - little did they know!
Now whenever I need flowers for an occasion, I swing by Sam's, HyVee, or Walmart and pick up a bundle for $10-$15. I keep vases (who doesn't have a million vases lying around?) and ribbon on hand and arrange them when I get home.
The skills you learn in class can also be applied to other types of arranging like silk. Here I am working on a Halloween bouquet. I went to Micheal's the day after Halloween and got all of those items for 80% off. I learned how to do different bows in class and it's one of the skills I've used the most.
|Still need to add the goolish flowers and decor|
So get out there a take a floral class! Recruit a friend or family member to take it with you. You won't be sorry!