2017 Floristry courses and Floral design workshops

Read about the courses and workshops on offer this year so far....more will be added so keep checking for updates....or contact vicki@wildflowaiheke.com to arrange a bespoke workshop...

In all course and workshops the fee covers  materials and equipment...and abundant blooms and foliage will be provided!!



Monday 10 July to Wednesday 12 July...10am to 3.30pm approximately

The Botanical Styling Masterclass is a 3 day workshop designed with a focus on the links between floral design and the Arts... and you will learn the practical skills of making a hand-tied posy, creating "undone" arrangements, how to wire blooms, and how to weave wreathes and garlands.

DAY 1: The Meaning of Flowers- starts with a foraging excursion to the lovely Nourish Gardens where we will gather scented blooms, herbs and foliage to use in the workshop. You will learn about caring for blooms- and the cultural significance of flowers (a short history of floral symbolism in the visual arts, and a look at the Victorian "language of flowers").  In the workshop you will learn how to make a "txt message" hand-tied posy- a contemporary take on the Victorian nosegay or tussie-mussie.

DAY 2: The Masters- A further look at flowers in art...in the Renaissance and in the Impressionist period; and an introduction to the principles of design in botanical styling. Then put this knowledge to use in creating one "urn" arrangement in inspired by a Dutch Masters still life; and an arrangement in your own favourite vessel inspired by the Impressionists.

DAY 3: Sculptural Florals- a look at the cross over between botanical styling and sculpture; learn about contemporary florists who construct floral installations, and contemporary sculptors who use florals and other natural elements in their sculptures. The wiring and weaving workshop to follow will give you the skills to construct your own garland; wreath or small floral sculpture.




Undone florist 1 Monday 11 September- Friday 29 September 2017 (3 weeks)

Undone Florist 2 Monday 25 September- Friday 13 October 2017 (3 weeks)

Undone Florist 1 and 2 (combined course) Monday 11 September - Friday 13 October 2017  (5 weeks)

Undone Florist 1and 2  is  a 2 part professional training course in "undone floristry". There will be a balance of theory and practice: students will learn the principles and elements of floral design; the history of flower arrangement and the importance of flora in our culture; current trends in working with blooms and foliage; and the business skills required to work in the floral design industry. They will also explore the links between floral design and the Arts, interior design and fashion

In Undone Florist 1 you will be provided with an introduction to becoming a floral designer. Practical and theoretical training will be given in flower care and knowledge, the principles and elements of floral design. Students will be given an introductory look at working in a florist shop- and help at the set up of a Wildflower wedding if possible. This intensive course specialises in contemporary wedding flower design. You will learn how to create beautiful handmade bridal bouquets, flower crowns, corsages and buttonholes, table centres, wreaths and garlands in “undone” and other styles… and learning the business of consultation, planning, quotations and ordering for weddings. 

In Undone Florist 2 you will focus on further development of the skills needed to run a successful wedding flower business- learning about business plans, the impact of social media, mood boards, organisation and planning of large events etc; and practical workshops on larger scale arrangements in vessels/ floral installations; fully wired bouquets and more

Graduates will be presented with a Wildflower School Diploma in Floral Design- and will leave with a Portfolio of their work.

The workshops and lectures are based at The Wildflower School on Waiheke Island. Classes run from 9.00am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

You can choose to do just Undone Florist 1 (3 weeks full time);  or just Undone Florist 2 -if you have sufficient previous experience (3 weeks full time); or the combined full 5 week course of Undone Florist 1 and 2

CLOSING DATE for applications is 5pm Friday 18 August 2017. Places are strictly limited so students receive hands on one to one attention.

To register or request more information such as the  Prospectus, Application form and information about fees etc email vicki@wildflowerwaiheke.com... and read all about previous courses in "the workroom" blog