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Floral Classes by appointment

Floral Design classes by appointment

Consumer Bunch Floral Design Class
Learn to create a beautiful round design in water. We cover the principals and elements of design, color theory, the care and handling of flowers for longevity+ so much more! All in 2.5 hours of FLOWER FUN����
Everything is included, you bring the creative spirit, and a friend. And go home with an AMAZING floral design.

Class size: 2 students. $95 each
daytime 10-6pm
evenings 6:30-9pm begin April 6, 2020

Have a different topic you are interested in learning more about....Contact me for pricing and set your appointment.


Payment by Pay Pal invoice
Pay with any credit card or pay pal account

I am looking forward to meeting you in the classroom and sharing my floral passion and knowledge with you!! I love to learn new things....Hope you do too!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Explore Floral Design Class begins January 20, 2014 join the class ~~ spaces available

Explore Floral Design 2014

Maximum 6 students

Mondays 9-5pm  1 hour lunch

January 20,27, February 3,10,17,24, March3,10,17,24th 2014


This 10 day Exploration Floral Design class will teach the basic principals of floral design, and so much more.  Each day will have a morning lecture and afternoon of hands on designing.  Students will participate in the processing and handling of fresh flowers each day for the lab session.   The students will be trained to execute all basic forms of design to apply for a floral designer position.  This is a required class for job placement.  The class offers business information on pricing for profit, we recommend additional business classes for retail Flower Shop operations.  The students will have a final exam on materials covered during lectures.  And every class day will be more fun than you can imagine and the amount of flowers to work with and industry information is fantastic!
FLOWERS are beautiful creations, the curiosity and enthusiasm for information on FLOWERS is contagious.  Take yourself somewhere new….to the Flower Classroom.    Learn to be a FLOWER expert.
This class enables you to become a FLOWER expert!


·       Introduction to design
·       American Floral Trends Forecast
·       Color terms and theory
·        Processing and handling of fresh flowers
·       Flower & Foliage identification
·       Blooming and Green Plants for interiors
·       Hands on design of basic forms of design
·       Techniques in design
·       Wedding Bouquets
·       Flowers to wear
·       Sympathy Tributes
·       Every day designs
·       Plan a Party
·       Pricing of floral products
·       Salesmanship with FLOWERS
·       Handling Customer complaints


Each student will have materials provided to execute all designs.  The classroom also has additional books, supplies and flowers for purchase.  This allows students to practice additional designs at home.
We will cover the Principles, Elements & Techniques of Design
·       Balance, Emphasis, Harmony, Proportion, Rhythm & Unity
·       Color, Form, Line, Space & Texture
·       Bailing, Banding, Binding, Bunching, Clustering, Detailing, Facing, Framing, Grouping, Hand Tying, Kubari, Lacing, Layering, Mirroring, Pave, Pillowing, Sequencing, Sheltering, Stacking, Terracing, Tufting, Veiling, Wrapping & Zoning.

Floral Design Tools

The Flower Classroom provides a Notebook of Floral information, Color Wheel and a California Flower Selection guide.
 Students should bring something for note taking and a hand held calculator.  The classroom has assorted tools available to use, new floral tools are available in the classroom to purchase.  Any other tools necessary for the class will be available.


A certificate of completion of this class will be available with a passing grade on the final exam.
Students that have enrolled and passed the Explore Floral Design and wish to enroll in the Advanced Floral design class that follows will be given a ½ off discount on that class price when combining these 2 classes.
Christina Burton-Fox   AIFD   instructor

FLOWERS are beautiful creations.  The curiosity and enthusiasm for information about flowers is contagious.  Enroll in the Flower Classroom for the most up to date information….when the ordinary won’t do…take yourself somewhere new!


Fresh flowers and foliage’s and the containers will be provided for all the designs.  These designs are yours to take with you at the end of each class day.  You will not take apart your designs to execute the next floral design.
Flower selection will be seasonal.  The classroom will have a wide selection of flowers to choose from for design execution.  You will have permanent materials and all wire, tape, glue, etc. will be provided. Additional materials, fresh flowers & foliage’s can be purchased for continued practice outside of the classroom.

Styles of Design
·      Botanical
·      Circular Mass
·      Formal Linear
·      Line-Mass
·      Triangular
·      Vegetative

Class Registration

70 hours classroom time
Registration & Class Materials for a       10-day class.

This amount is due in full to reserve your design table.  Payment can be made with any major credit card or with Pay Pal.

PayPal link for payment of Class

Cancelation of your space in the class is allowed up to 14 days before class for a full refund.  After that a credit will be applied for classes in the future.

Hotels & Restaurants are located in the Kansas City downtown area.  A short commute to the Classroom.  Call for more information.  913-708-2988

Floral Design Schedule update

I am updating the Flower Classroom Class Schedule area on the blog….If you have been looking…it's missing…..Thanks for your patience!!!

Thank You,

Christina Burton-Fox   AIFD

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advanced Floral Class January 21st & 23rd 2014

Advanced Floral class

Maximum 6 students
January 21st   10 to 5pm
January 23rd   1pm-8:30 pm


This class is for a professional floral designer.  We will explore the advanced techniques and styles of design.  These techniques will enable you to take your floral knowledge to the next level.  Each day we will explore advanced design in each area.  This is a great way to let your creativity blossom with your professional skills.


You will design with fresh flowers and execute new design techniques.  Just add your creative touch.
·        Wedding Flowers
·        Large Scale event designs


Each student will have materials provided to execute the design.  Designs will be available for the student to take with them after class daily.

Floral Design Tools

All tools are provided or:
Tools are available in the classroom to purchase.  


A certificate of completion of this class will be available upon request.


Flower selection will be seasonal and all wire, tape, glue, etc. will be provided. Floral designs will NOT be taken apart to execute the next design.  All designs are yours to take with you at the end of class.  A great selection of Flowers to work with.

Class Registration

To register for this class:
Registration & Class Materials
                    $425.00 days
Register for 1 day ~$300.00  call to reserve and pay for this one day.913-708-2988
This amount is due in full to reserve your design table.  Payment can be made with any major credit card or with Pay Pal.

If you have completed the Explore Floral design or a Scholarship and enrolling for this class please call       913-708-2988
Cancelation of your space in the class is allowed up to 14 days before class for a full refund.  After that a credit will be applied for classes in the future.

New classes added to the schedule

New Classes before the end of the year and a few to begin the new year of 2014

December 23, 2013    10-1pm      $75.00

Holiday table floral design….. come into the classroom and create a beautiful holiday table design.  We will explore floral design for the holiday table.
your floral and evergreen design will be the perfect finish for your table….and you made it!!!               (6 student class)
the link below is for your payment:


January 8, 2014      10-1     $75.00

Wedding flowers to wear   explore new products, design ideas and create unique flowers to wear.  This class will give you great ideas, explain proper pricing of these designs, or just have fun creating flower rings, bracelets, and body designs.

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A unique holiday door design

I wanted to share this photo that I came across….The perfect door design for a horse lover, or a client that wants something unique for the holiday season.

Promote Poinsettia Day Thursday December 12th

December 4, 2013        Florists Review Magazine

Promote Poinsettia Day            


A great time to pump up poinsettias as gifts and holiday home décor is during the days leading up to Poinsettia Day, which is Thursday, Dec. 12.

Share a bit about the plant and its history in shop signage or on your website or blog to excite customers about this gorgeous holiday plant.

Remind customers that the poinsettias in your shop have been carefully chosen for quality, longevity and variety exceeding anything to be found elsewhere. Your shop also stands out for its quality trimmings, containers and expertise to upgrade these festive plants for décor or gifts.

Poinsettias are native to Mexico and are named in honor of Joel Robert Poinsett (1775-1851), a gardener and botanist who was the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He brought the plants to his home in Charleston, S.C., in 1828 and began propagating them. Around 1909, the Ecke family of southern California began modern-day production of the plants.

Customers may also enjoy this popular holiday folk story:

The story is told of Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present to the Christ Child at Christmas Eve services. Her cousin, Pedro, told her “even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” Pepita gathered a handful of weeds from the side of the road and fashioned them into a small bouquet. As she approached the chapel’s altar, the weeds burst into brilliant red blooms, and the congregation was sure they had seen a Christmas miracle. The flowers came to be known as Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night. – via Ecke Ranch,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Florists Review & Flower Classroom tip of the week…….

Florists Review &  Flower Classroom tips of the week

November 19, 2013

Save on supplies


For very tall containers and opaque vases, rather than filling the entire height with floral foam, fill the bottom with chicken wire, packing peanuts or other filler. Place a small plastic liner atop the filler and use this to hold your floral foam. You’ll get the same wow-worthy impact with your floral arrangement, but you won’t be wasting excess floral foam.

Flower Classroom

~ Adding a small zip lock bag of sand will give additional weight to the tall vessel and floral design atop.

~ Flowers love water…so don't rule out just filling your vessel with water and then a chicken wire structure to design thru for stabilized stem placement.

~ If this is a delivery to a client add care intstructions specific to the design structure…your customer will be greatful for the proper care and handling of the FLOWERS.

~It's not just about saving on supplies….but creating a beautiful design with all the right mechanics!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Floral Design inspiration….

 This design I created for the Hobbs & Flower Classroom Open House in October.  Today this design still sits atop the table in it's dried form and remains quite beautiful.

The outside vessel from Accent Decor, holds within a pinecone wreath form then another glass vessel which I took aspidistra leaves and wound them inside this vessel.  As I reached a center point I added the rose hips tucked within this area, then added a shallow water source.

As the water evaporated the rose hips began to dry,  the aspidistra & lily grass is still dark green and looking quite beautiful.

The brown vine material is artificial.  I love to include all types of materials together in design, especially materials that will also dry naturally…extending the design shelf life.


Flower Classroom & Florists Review tip of the week…."Shop Small" Small Business Saturday November 26, 2013

November 11, 2013

Encourage customers to “Shop Small”


As we mark Veterans Day today, we look ahead to the busy time in two weeks that includes both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. But there’s another “holiday” that week that is worth promoting.

Small Business Saturday – local retailers’ answer to Black Friday – is in its fourth year of encouraging holiday shoppers to keep their dollars in their communities.

There’s still time to promote your own Small Business Saturday plans for Nov. 30. Use your website, blog, Facebook and Twitter to get the word out quickly. Piggyback on your holiday deliveries with a verbal reminder or a quickly printed flier to accompany arrangements.

To encourage lots of foot traffic, offer a special perk for that day only, such as an exclusive arrangement or a deep discount on a single item or category.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Succulents…one of the best plants!

1. They’re low-maintenance.

They're low-maintenance.
As long as they’re kept in sunny spots, they only need to be watered about once a week in the summer and once a month in the winter.

2. They come in all kinds of colors.

They come in all kinds of colors.

4. They’re trippy.

They're trippy.
‘Sup Fibonacci.

5. They like hanging out*.

They like hanging out*.
*hahahahahahahah. Succulent lovers are prone to anthropomorphization. Directionshere.

6. They can live in teacups!

They can live in teacups!
A quick note about planters: the man who I buy my succulents from, who has run the same wonderful succulent nursery in New York for the past 35 years, strongly recommends only putting them in planters that can drain. They’re hearty little guys and conditions can vary, but if you’d like to be on the safe side, make sure to have a hole or two in the bottom of any planter you might make or buy.
Directions here.

7. They can live in teacups ON LADDERS.

They can live in teacups ON LADDERS.

8. And in birdcages.

And in birdcages.
They will never be tamed.

9. In trucks.

In trucks.

10. In treasure chests.

In treasure chests.

11. And in mercury vases.

And in mercury vases.
Here’s how to make these.

12. They can help you find your seat.

They can help you find your seat.

14. Gravity doesn’t concern them.

Gravity doesn't concern them.
Find out how to make a vertical succulent garden here.

15. They’ll add some green to your dinner table.

They'll add some green to your dinner table.

16. They appreciate a good book.

They appreciate a good book.
Planter available here.

18. They make excellent party favors.

They make excellent party favors.
Hi Henry. Hi Jane.
Directions here.

19. And beautiful year-round wreaths.

And beautiful year-round wreaths.
Directions here.

20. They’ll dress up any cupcake.

They'll dress up any cupcake.
Directions here.

21. They dig wine as much as you do.

They dig wine as much as you do.
Planter available here.

22. Like, every part of the bottle.

Like, every part of the bottle.
Find out how to make them here.

23. They can become LIVING JEWELRY.

They can become LIVING JEWELRY.
Technically these are air plants, which aren’t the same as succulents, but they’re often displayed together and most importantly, this ring is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Available here.

25. They can live in houses like little people.

They can live in houses like little people.
Here is how to make them yourself.

26. They can provide a poor balding statue with a glorious head of hair.

They can provide a poor balding statue with a glorious head of hair.
I beg of you, read this entire webpage, it is pure poetry.

27. They’re the perfect companions for special occasions.

They're the perfect companions for special occasions.
Here is how to make your own succulent corsage and boutonniere.

29. They like to hang out with Totoro.

They like to hang out with Totoro.
As should we all.

30. Also dinosaurs.

Also dinosaurs.
Available here.

31. And best of all: you can use their cuttings to grow more succulents.

And best of all: you can use their cuttings to grow more succulents.
They’re like little green phoenixes, rising from the soil to bring us hope and joy.

32. Here’s a trophy for you, succulents. You deserve it.

Here's a trophy for you, succulents. You deserve it.