Handheld Bouquets


Ponderosa Master Class


November 6-7, 2019


Basic Art of Floral Design : A Focus on Handheld Flowers

Dates: Nov. 6-7, 2019 (Wed/Thu)

One of our most popular topics, handheld flowers are a great place to start exploring your artistic voice in floral design. Whether you want to design something simple with flowers from your garden or create a stunning bridal bouquet, hand held flowers are a fun and flexible way to experiment with color, texture and shape. You will gain a deeper understanding of floral design as we discuss the value of flowers and we’ll share our practical tips and tricks for defining your personal brand from both the strategic and artistic perspective, to help you identify your unique creative voice.


• European Hand-tied Market Bouquet

• Gathered Bridal Bouquet


The Basic Art of Floral Design Master Classes are designed specifically for those individuals with a love of flowers that are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the art of floral design. Often exploring a new art form can feel overwhelming, but during these classes we’ll help make floral design approachable and help strip away the fear that can stop you from pursuing your passions and following your intuition.

“Technique brings freedom for artistic expression.”

We have designed these sessions to compliment each other, covering a wide-range of floral designs, from table arrangements to bridal bouquets. We value both old school and new school techniques, and look forward to helping you develop a strong foundation in the art of floral design that will support your journey no matter where your flower adventures may take you. These intensives are designed for a wide range of people, from those with no prior experience in floral design to florists with a few years under their belt.

Handheld Bouquets
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Morning coffee, tea and snack

Snacks and refreshments throughout the day

Community Dinner (Optional for any intensive guests for the week)


Floral demonstrations and hands-on instruction with Katie Davis in a small classroom setting

Hands-on Sessions

Thematic Lectures and exercises

Group discussions


Welcome gift

Workbook - includes all recipes, step-by-step instructions, and discussions overviews

Beautiful vessels used in sessions

All flowers and supplies


Professional headshot

Access to the Guest Gallery for portfolio, website, and social media use:

  - Candid and editorial shots that capture your Ponderosa Classroom experience


Group Rate on lodging at The Grand Hotel



(Included with purchase of two or more Intensives)

- Ponderosa apron

- Floral knife

- Floral clippers

- Ribbon scissors

- Kenzan

- Rose glove

Basics of Floral Design: A Focus on Handheld Flowers


9:30 AM | Coffee, tea and conversation

Morning meditation

Lecture | The Value of Flowers - What is an arrangement worth? How do florists price arrangements? We will discuss the value of flowers, and the impact of pricing on the local market.

Hands-on Session and Exercise | Small Arrangement with Pricing Exercise

Lunch (on your own)

Demonstration | European Hand-Tied Market Bouquet

Hands-on Session |  European Hand-Tied Market Bouquet

5:00  PM | End of day (dinner on your own)


9:30 AM | Coffee, tea and conversation

Morning meditation

Lecture | What is Your Personal Brand - How do you communicate your style and the type of florals you want to create? We will discuss how to develop and illustrate your personal brand in your portfolio and social media to attract the right people.

Lecture | Working with Clients - No matter what you do you with flowers, you will likely have to work with a "client" at some point. We will give you our best advise on how to work with a variety of clients using florals as an example, covering topics like: What you should (and shouldn't!) promise to clients in order provide you the most flexibility to deliver a final product your clients will be happy with, and that you can be proud of.

Lunch (on your own)

Demonstration | Garden Style “Gathered” Bridal Bouquets

Hands-on Session | Garden Style “Gathered” Bridal Bouquets

5:00 PM | End of day & Farewells (dinner on your own)

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