Mason Jars and Margarita Glasses - Making Homegrown Floral Designs
with Liza Dobson
This workshop is geared toward people interested in learning some new skills about arranging flowers at home and are even interested in growing some! Participants will walk away from the workshop with two flower arrangements in hand, basic knowledge of floral design, and ideas of what to grow in their own garden. The workshop will begin with a round of introductions so Liza and Katie can learn more about why participants are there and what they are most interested in learning. This will help tailor the class slightly within the course description. Liza will then introduce the flowers she brought from her farm and give an overview of how easy or challenging to grow each bloom is. She will give some tips and tricks of how and what to grow through the seasons. Katie and Liza will then offer an introduction to basic floral design, including focal, filler, and greenery elements as well as shape, texture, and style. The pair will then demonstrate how to create a spiraled stem arrangement for a mason jar as well as a "footed bowl" arrangement in a margarita glass. Participants will then get to spend the rest of the time playing with flowers with assistance from Liza and Katie. Just before the end of the workshop, they will demonstrate another surprise design based on participant interest.
Students will need to bring something to cut flower stems such as scissors, flower snips, or pruners. A limited number of snips will be available at the workshop for participants to share. Flowers, foam, mason jars, and margarita glasses will be available for all participants to take home as well as a few surprise materials for folks to play with.
Responsible young adults and above
About the Instructor
Liza Dobson is a flower grower and florist located in Meadows of Dan, Virginia on the edge of Floyd County. Liza has grown and arranged flowers since 2015 starting with an internship with Stonecrop Farm in Giles County. She provided wedding flowers for friends for a few years and then launched her own business in 2020 called Yarrow Springs. She now offers full service wedding florals, a bouquet CSA, and special order arrangements or designs for any occasion. She loves making flower crowns and dramatic arbor sprays. Kate Dawson is an experienced floral designer who has recently transplanted from the busy, high-end wedding industry of Chicago to freelance flower slinging in Chapel Hill, NC. Kate is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Horticulture, and has over a decade of experience in teaching workshops, designing weddings, and working in sustainable agriculture and landscaping. She is thrilled to be back on the East Coast with her husband and hound dog, and has just opened a webshop, Flora Fortunae, that offers handmade homegoods and naturally dyed fibers.
This Class is Part of the Mindful Artistry Series
Class Registration and Cancellation Policy
Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.
Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.