Recently, I took a break from weddings and took an 8 hour floral class to sharpen my skills on floral mechanics and techniques. Joan Presley of Geny's Wholesale Flowers was the facilitator. The class was very informative and hands-on.
Joan gave detailed instructions on basic floral mechanics, flower availability, processing (care and handling). We actually made boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, and halos. We also covered other design work such as glass vase centerpieces, centerpieces with container and oasis, igloos and cages, hand-wired items, wreaths and basic alter pieces.
We learned specific design mechanics such as wiring, to include cross piercing and piercing, hair pin wiring, hook wiring, insertion wiring and wrapping techniques.
Vase Griding Technique
We made these cute floral pomanders and placed them in mint julep cups.
The number one rule we learned when creating floral designs is, hide your mechanics! Nothing looks tackier than seeing the floral foam or sticky floral tape on your container or bouquet.
A special thanks to Geny's Wholesale for sponsoring the class! Stay tune for more information regarding the next class coming early Spring!