Learn Floral Design: A 2022 Guide to Flower Arranging Classes Near You and Online

By Marian Kret •  Updated: Mar 12, 2022 •  Guides

In this article, you will find a comprehensive list of in-person and online classes for learning floral design and flower arranging. Enjoy and happy crafting!

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Why an Article on the Best Flower Arranging Classes?

In my fairly extensive research and digging around I have realized that there is very little available on the web right now about finding classes and instruction for the various kinds of crafting. In fact, if you want to find the best classes for, in this case, learning how to arrange flowers, it might be quite a bit more difficult than you imagine.

So I thought it would be super helpful to put together a list of the best available flower arranging classes – including group and private lessons – for 16 cities and metro areas around the United States, and to include some of the best online classes and books as well. But first… 

What Is Flower Arranging?

It may seem strange to some that floral design classes are so popular these days, since floral arrangements seems pretty easy:

  1. Get flowers from the florists, garden centers or grocery stores
  2. Put flowers in vase

But there’s a lot more to floral arrangement than simply sticking stems in water, and once you begin to understand the basic elements of floral design, you also begin to understand that this is a true art form, which can provide a lifetime of creativity, expression, exploration and, of course, beauty.

You may also have a better appreciation for floral designers as artists, while at the same time finding your own inner artist!

Different schools, teachers and styles define different basic elements, and call them different things, but the main things to consider when arranging flowers include:

Then there are the more technical aspects of floral art, which help us to know which flowers will behave well together, how different scents, and different kinds of scent, complement or clash, which flowers last and when it’s best to cut and use them, and how to make all flowers and other plant materials last as long as possible.

But I don’t want you to go from thinking that there’s nothing to flower arranging to thinking it’s too complex and difficult to bother with! 

The right floral designer and the right class will present things very simply and easily, and give you the tools you need to know will be a breeze to learn and master. And once you have even a basic education, you can really get lost in exploring the beauty and creativity of working with different flowers in different seasons, and may well keep at it for the rest of your life.

In fact, you may love flower arranging so much that you end up pursuing a career in the floral industry, getting a job at a floral shop, doing weddings and events, pursuing managerial positions, even opening up your own business!

So even a single good class can be incredibly valuable – and, it should be said, incredibly fun as well!

What is the Best Way to Learn to Arrange Flowers?

I wanted to make sure that you could quickly and easily find the right instruction and instructors for learning the lovely art of flower arrangement, whether you want an online class, a local class or private teacher, or even the best books on flower arranging, so I put together this guide to answer some basic questions:

For local classes, I will concentrate on 16 cities and their metropolitan areas, with two subsections for each city, and so you will find below the best candle making classes and the best private lessons for making candles for the following cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / Saint Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle

Following the listings of best local floral design classes I will mention a few of the very best online candle making courses you can take, and then recommend a few of our favorite books for teaching yourself how to pour candles.

What Are the Best Online Classes for Learning Floral Design in 2022?

Not everybody is able to go to physical classes, because of location, schedule, social distancing / enforced isolation, or other reasons. Luckily there are a lot of other good options, and online learning is one of the best – especially if you can find a good teacher, good course content and well produced classes.

So when people ask me specifically:

…based on my experience and feedback from lots of other makers in the community I have the following recommendations:

Skillshare

You may already be familiar with Skillshare, since they are becoming one of the most popular, best known and most highly rated learning platforms online – and quite well known for arts and crafts classes.

They don’t have a ton of flower arrangement classes, but what they do have are very popular with students, and cover a good range of topics, including classic, modern and Ikebana. 

Domestika

Online Floral Arrangement Courses

Learn by doing from expert professionals on Domestika!


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Udemy

Online Flower Arrangement Courses

Learn anything, on your schedule on Udemy!


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Floral Design Institute

There are so many online classes and schools, and doing a basic internet search will lead you to an almost overwhelming number of choices, but one in particular I wanted to draw your attention to is the Floral Design Institute.

With an incredibly complete program, from total beginner classes to the most advanced coursework, and professionally produced, intelligent and fun classes, this is undoubtedly the best online floral arts school on the web.

And they offer full certificate programs as well as individual classes and workshops. Follow the below link for more information: Floral Design Institute

YouTube

It must be said that YouTube has some pretty amazing free content, and for flower arranging there’s an amazing range of videos, by presenters who are almost always very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun to watch

Another great thing about YouTube is the search engine, which when you’re searching for something as basic and popular as, say, “Flower Arranging” comes up with brilliant results right at the top of the page. 

So here’s a link which shows specifically their most popular videos on making candles:

YouTube “Flower Arranging”

If you’d like even more specific recommendations, please check out a couple of my favorite YouTube crochet channels:

What Are the Best Books for Learning Floral Design in 2022?

And we’ll close out this comprehensive online guide to the best resources for learning the floral arts, with a short list of some of my favorite books on the subject. 

I had originally planned to list beginners and advanced books on sewing separately, but as I reviewed my own personal picks I realized that I greatly prefer books that offer both – ones that start at a basic, total beginner level, assuming no experience or knowledge, but also include advanced techniques, and often a lot of other resources, ideas and inspirations for people of all levels.

So while the first few books are really geared more at newbies, you will find that, even if you have no prior experience, any of these books will be a great choice and a wonderful resource.

What Are the Best Local Classes for Learning Floral Design in 2022?

Anybody can use one of the countless online specialty search services for finding places that offer flower arrangement classes – whether you are a beginner, want to improve your skills and understand the aesthetics better, or just have fun, meet people and make new friends.

In fact services like groupon or yelp do usually offer good, fairly complete and up to date listings of class offerings in the area, and you might even find a private lesson or teacher. So you might want to check out some of the leading ones, like:

Usually these search services are really easy to use, by simply typing in what you’re looking for – “flower arranging classes” – and the area, city or state – “Monowi, Nebraska” or “New York, New York”- and then it’s just enter, wait and wade through the somewhat random listings.

Or, better yet, you can instead simply scroll down and find your area in the list below and try one of these personal recommendations!

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Atlanta

Atlanta School of Floral Design

4280 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

(404) 422-0793

Atlanta School of Floral Design

Halls Atlanta Floral Design School

1200 Oakleigh Drive

East Point, GA 30344

(404) 688-9397

online.sales@hallsatlanta.com

Floral Design School – 2022 Classes.

Le Jardin Français

1100 Howell Mill Road Nw

Atlanta, GA 30318

(404) 792-1680

info@lejardinfrancais.com

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Atlanta

Atlanta School of Floral Design

4280 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

(404) 422-0793

Atlanta School of Floral Design

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Austin

Austin Community College

Floral Design Certificate & Job Placement

11928 Stonehollow Dr

Austin, Texas 78758

512-223-7529

Floral Design | ACC Continuing Education

La Fleur Fresh Flower Market

10401 Anderson Mill Rd

Austin, TX 78750

(512) 377-9064

blooms@lafleurflowermarket.com

Flower Arranging Classes – LaFleur Fresh Flower Market

The Flower Social

Austin, TX

(512) 956-6954

hello@theflowersocialaustin.com

The Flower Social

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Austin

The Flower Social

Austin, TX

(512) 956-6954

hello@theflowersocialaustin.com

The Flower Social

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Boston

Cass School of Floral Design

531 Mt. Auburn Street

Watertown, MA 02472

(617) 926-2277

school@cassflowers.com

Floral Design Workshops & Classes

Cross Street Flower Farm

4 Jacobs Ln

Norwell, MA 02061

info@csflowerfarm.com

Workshops – Cross Street Flower Farm

Les Fleurs Florists

27 Barnard Street

Andover, Massachusetts 01810

(978) 475.9669

staff@lesfleurs.com

2022 Floral Design Workshops

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Boston

Cass School of Floral Design

531 Mt. Auburn Street

Watertown, MA 02472

(617) 926-2277

school@cassflowers.com

Private Classes & Lessons

Les Fleurs

27 Barnard Street

Andover, Massachusetts 01810

(978) 475.9669

staff@lesfleurs.com

2022 Floral Design Workshops

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Chicago

Chicago School of Flower Design

452 North Ashland

Chicago, Illinois 60622

(414) 617-7162

Chicago School of Flower Design

Fleur de Lis

715 N. Franklin Street

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 943.4444

FDLteam@fleurdelischicago.com

https://fleurdelischicago.com/pages/services

Lake Forest Flowers

546 N. Western Ave

Lake Forest, Il 60045

847-234-0017

Eileen@lff.local

Floral Design Workshops

Mila Design

2247 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

773-395-0231

contact@miladesign.com

Mila Floral Design School

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Chicago

Lake Forest Flowers

546 N. Western Ave

Lake Forest, Il 60045

847-234-0017

Eileen@lff.local

Floral Design Workshops

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Cincinnati

Eve Floral

Cincinnati, OH

hello@evefloralco.com 

Flower Design Classes in Cincinnati – Eve Floral Co.

The Flower Lady

Over-The-Rhine

Cincinnati, OH

Flower Arranging Workshops

Two Little Buds Florist

17 North D Street

Hamilton, OH 45013

513-816-7742

twolittlebuds@gmail.com

Floral Workshops | Cincinnati Ohio | Two Little Buds Florist

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Cincinnati

Eve Floral

Cincinnati, OH

hello@evefloralco.com 

Flower Design Classes in Cincinnati – Eve Floral Co

Two Little Buds Florist

17 North D Street

Hamilton, OH 45013

513-816-7742

twolittlebuds@gmail.com

Floral Workshops | Cincinnati Ohio | Two Little Buds Florist

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Dallas

Dr Delphinium Dallas Flower Shop

5806 W. Lovers Lane

Dallas, Tx 75225

214.522.9911

customerservice@drdelphinium.com

upcoming floral design classes

DRD Institute of Floristry

9200 John W. Carpenter Freeway

Dallas, TX 75247

214.522.9911

DRD Institute of Floristry

R. Love Floral

Dallas, TX

(214) 668-4343

info@rlovefloral.com

Education | R Love Floral Design

Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd

Dallas, TX 75219

(214) 559-2100

themansion@rosewoodhotels.com

Floral Design Class | Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Dallas

DRD Institute of Floristry

9200 John W. Carpenter Freeway

Dallas, TX 75247

214.522.9911

DRD Institute of Floristry

Metka Floral Design

2612 Irving Blvd

Dallas,TX 75207

(214) 450-0613

One on One Classes — Metka Floral Design

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Denver

Blossom and Branch

2440 Iris Street

Lakewood, Colorado 80215

(720) 319-0243

briana@blossomandbranchfarm.com

Classes at the farm 2022

Ladybird Poppy

4457 Inca Street

Denver, CO 80211

(720) 220.9654

hello@ladybirdpoppy.com

DIY Floral Arrangement Tutorials — Ladybird Poppy Floral Design

Mr. K’s Floral Design School of Denver

8555 W Belleview Ave., G23

Littleton, CO 80123

(303) 936-4141

mrksflowers@gmail.com

http://www.denverfloraldesignschool.com/

Plum Sage Flowers

285 South Pearl Street

Denver, CO. 80209

(720) 328-2190

erin@plumsageflowers.com

Design Classes | Plum Sage Flowers

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Denver

Plum Sage Flowers

285 South Pearl Street

Denver, CO. 80209

(720) 328-2190

erin@plumsageflowers.com

Design Classes | Plum Sage Flowers

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Detroit

Detroit Abloom

313 Newport Street

Detroit, MI 48215

(313) 587-2446

detroitabloom@gmail.com

Workshops & Happenings — Detroit Abloom

Fleur Detroit

1507 Old S Telegraph Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

(248) 953-3840

hello@fleurdetroit.com

Workshops – fleurdetroit

Macomb Community College

14500 E. 12 Mile Road

Warren, MI 48088

(586) 445.7999

answer@macomb.edu

Floral Design Program 2022

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Detroit

Fleur Detroit

1507 Old S Telegraph Rd

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

(248) 953-3840

hello@fleurdetroit.com

Workshops – fleurdetroit

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Kansas City

Cultivate Design KC

Olathe, KS

lorineely@cultivatedesignkc.com

(913) 219-1825

In-Person Classes | cultivatedesignkc

Fiore Floral

5715 NW Union Chapel Rd

Parkville, MO 64152

(816) 309-4446

2022 Classes

Johnson County Community College

12345 College Blvd

Overland Park, KS 66210

(913) 469-8500

advise@jccc.edu

Floral Design Courses | Johnson County Community College

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Kansas City

Cultivate Design KC

Olathe, KS

lorineely@cultivatedesignkc.com

(913) 219-1825

In-Person Classes | cultivatedesignkc

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Los Angeles

Floral Art

3607 Hayden Ave

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 280-0500

Info@floralartla.com

Classes – FLORAL ART

Flower Duet

2675 Skypark Drive, Suite 205

Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 739-7644

casey@flowerduet.com

Flower Arranging Classes Los Angeles

Flower School LA

223 S Los Angeles St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 935-8445

info@flowerschoolla.com

Flower School Los Angeles

Los Angeles School of Flower Design

741 Maple Ave.

Los Angeles CA, 90014

414-617-7162

Los Angeles School of Flower Design

Phil Rulloda School of Floral Design

1605 E. McFadden Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 776-7445

info@philrulloda.com

Phil Rulloda School of Floral Design

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Los Angeles

Flower Duet

2675 Skypark Drive, Suite 205

Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 739-7644

casey@flowerduet.com

Flower Arranging Classes Los Angeles

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Ergo Floral

516 Selby Ave

St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 292-9562

team@ergofloral.com

Floral Workshops & Classes — Ergo

Koehler & Dramm Institute of Floristry

2407 East Hennepin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55413

(612) 362-3133

cstanius-deiman@koehlerdramm.com

Institute of Floristry | Learn Floral Design | Minneapolis, MN

Spruce Flowers and Events

1621 E Hennepin Ave, Suite 225

Minneapolis, MN  55414

(612) 767-1101

Flower Arranging Courses | Classes in Minneapolis MN

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Ergo Floral

516 Selby Ave

St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 292-9562

team@ergofloral.com

Floral Workshops & Classes — Ergo

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in New York

Brooklyn Stems

96 Knickerbocker Avenue

Brooklyn NY 11237

(347) 627-2724

hello@stemsbrooklyn.com

Join us at the studio! – Stems Brooklyn

Flower School New York

253 West 28th St. 7th Fl

New York, NY. 10001

(212) 661-8074

flowerschool@flowerschoolny.com

FlowerSchool New York

Il Florista

17 W 26th St,

New York, NY 10010

(646) 490-8240

info@ilfioristanyc.com

Classes | Il Fiorista | Restaurant, Floral Boutique & Education Center in NoMad, New York City

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458-5126

(718) 817.8700

Floral Design Classes » New York Botanical Garden

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in New York

Brooklyn Stems

96 Knickerbocker Avenue

Brooklyn NY 11237

(347) 627-2724

hello@stemsbrooklyn.com

Join us at the studio! – Stems Brooklyn

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Philadelphia

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road,

Kennett Square,  PA 19348

(610) 388.1000

questions@longwoodgardens.org

Floral Design | Longwood Gardens

Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, LLC

Philadelphia PA 19118

215.804.9056

info@lovenfreshflowers.com

Workshops – Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

Robertson’s Flowers and Events

1301 East Mermaid Lane

Wyndmoor, PA 19038

(215) 836-3050

Floral Workshops & Events – Philadelphia

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Philadelphia

Infiniti Floral Design

2215 Galloway Road

Bensalem PA 19020

(215) 638-4226

Sip & Snip Flower Arranging Class

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Phoenix

Arizona Flower Market

2050 South 16th Street Suite 105

Phoenix, AZ 85034

602 707 6294

info@azflowermarket.com

Events · Az Flower Market – Arizona

Flower Bar

4200 N. Craftsman Court

Scottsdale, Az 85251

(480) 463-4887

info@azflowerbar.com

Workshops – Flower Bar

Phoenix School of Flower Design

224 N 5th Ave

Phoenix AZ 85003

414-617-7162

Phoenix School of Flower Design

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Phoenix

Flower Bar

4200 N. Craftsman Court

Scottsdale, Az 85251

(480) 463-4887

info@azflowerbar.com

Workshops – Flower Bar

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in San Francisco

California Flower Art Academy

7280 Blue Hill Drive Suite #7

San Jose, CA 95129

408-859-7812

kenhirano2007@gmail.com

California Flower Art Academy – Your Floral Design Studio in San Francisco Bay Area

City College of San Francisco

88 4th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 239-3140

sbrown@ccsf.edu

Floristry 2022 | CCSF

In Water Flowers

2132 Fillmore St

San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 359-1232

In Water school courses

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in San Francisco

California Flower Art Academy

7280 Blue Hill Drive Suite #7

San Jose, CA 95129

408-859-7812

kenhirano2007@gmail.com

California Flower Art Academy – Your Floral Design Studio in San Francisco Bay Area

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Flower Arranging in Seattle

Botanique Flowers

Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 406-7876

kelly@botaniqueflowers.com

Seattle Floral Design Classes and Workshops

July Floral Design

Seattle, WA

(206) 412-3938

tess@julyfloraldesign.com

Classes | July Floral Design

Terra Bella Flowers

7319 Greenwood Ave N

Seattle Wa. 98103

(206) 783.0205

hello@terrabellaflowers.com

Classes & Workshops – Terra Bella Flowers

The London Plane

300 Occidental Ave. S

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 624-1374

flowers@thelondonplaneseattle.com

– The Flower Shop – The London Plane

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Flower Arranging in Seattle

July Floral Design

Seattle, WA

(206) 412-3938

tess@julyfloraldesign.com

Classes | July Floral Design

The London Plane

300 Occidental Ave. S

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 624-1374

flowers@thelondonplaneseattle.com

The Flower Shop – The London Plane

Thanks so much for reading our article! I hope that this guide to the best resources for learning how to arrange flowers has been helpful, and that you have found what you are looking for – whether it be a great floral arrangement class in your area, a great online learning platform for learning how to make beautiful flower arrangements or the best books on the subject.

And please let us know if you have your own favorite local class – in one of our featured cities or anywhere else – or if there are any online resources or books that you like, so we can expand this article and make it even better and more useful!

You might also be interested in our other articles in this series, which follow the exact same format in listing the best local crafting classes, the best online crafting courses and the best books for several other types of creative hobbies. You can access any of them simply by clicking the links below, or by visiting our website – artistryspace.com. Thanks again, and good crafting!

Hi, I am Marian (pronounced |mar·e·ahn|). I am a crafter, tech & business manager, and the founder of Art Side of Life™. I've been doing all kinds of crafts since I was a kid, testing different tools and supplies. I love the process of creating something out of nothing and through the articles on our website I want to contribute to your creative journey.

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