Design Workshops

Learn the basics of floral design with friends . . . for a group of six or more, we can host a fun, informal workshop at your location or ours. We start with taking apart a pre-packaged bouquet from a supermarket or big box store and redesigning the contents in a beautiful centerpiece. Then we design a centerpiece from fresh flowers. Learn types of flowers, basics of design, how to care for arrangements, and creative ways to arrange your garden flowers.

Contact Nancy at [email protected].

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Holiday design for Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club workshop.

Learn Garden Style Floral Design at a Hands-on Workshop

I will be teaching a series of workshops this fall at the Creative Arts Oasis in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  If you have always wanted to know more about design concepts, techniques used by professionals, and basic tools for creating your own garden-style floral designs, consider a hands-on workshop.  Learn how to use flowers from your garden, farmers’ market or supermarket to create your own amazing arrangements.  The fall series includes three workshops:  Compote Garden Design, Festive Fall Design and Holiday Design.

For more information and to register, go to The Creative Arts Oasis.


Visiting Flower Farms in Skagit Valley

In June, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Skagit Valley in the state of Washington, home of many small flower farms.  These farms are owned by flower entrepreneurs who supply local floral designers and event planners with beautiful, locally grown flowers and greenery.  Part of the ‘slow flower’ movement, these farms support local economies and embrace environmentally friendly farming and marketing practices.

I was so excited to participate in a floral design workshop at All My Thyme rose farm owned by Dawn Severin.  Our co-host and floral instructor for the day was talented floral designer Alicia Schwede, of Flirty Fleurs.  Find both on Instagram @allmythme and @flirtyfleurs respectively.

The professional photography is provided by Becca Jones at B. Jones Photography,

We created a garden-style arrangement with greens, roses and other flowers all sourced from Dawn’s farm.  The style is loose, creative, and dramatic.




Dawn, left, and me with my arrangement. We used a compote container, chicken wire, and water. No foam used here!

Love this shade of orange

One of Dawn’s roses, another favorite of mine

Cosmo type flowers in the field.

Greenery included maple branches and lady’s mantle


Marches aux Fleurs, Vieux Nice

The old, historic section of Nice, France, has a wonderful flower and produce market.  I always learn something new when I visit floral shops, markets, and growers.  Many of the flowers offered at this market are grown locally in neighboring cities and towns in France.  For ten euros, I was able to purchase a huge bouquet of roses and lisianthus.  Tres jolie!

I also noticed the straw/raffia bouquet holder used by many of the vendors.  It was wired with a handle to easily arrange the flowers.  Of course, I brought one home.

Rose and Twig Designs: MAM Garden Club at Art in Bloom

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts Art in Bloom every year.  It is a very popular event where area floral designers interpret artwork on display with dramatic and creative floral arrangements.

As a member of MAM Garden Club, I was pleased to design two of the arrangements on display in the Garden Club booth at Art in Bloom.  One of those was selected by an area artist as subject matter for an original painting that was later auctioned for charity.

I used tropical flowers in these arrangements including king protea, kangaroo paws, pincushion proteas and agapanthus.


Sunflowers Are Back

Every summer in late August, the sunflowers are in bloom at local farms in the midwest.  These are from a Wisconsin flower farmer and were just picked when this arrangement was made.  The container is an original pottery piece celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial.  Thanks to artist Bob Brehmer of Lebanon, Indiana, for showing his work at a recent art fair!