Personals & Centerpieces


Ponderosa Master Class


November 4-5, 2019


Basic Art of Floral Design : Personals and Centerpieces

Dates: Nov. 4-5, 2019 (Mon/Tues)

During these two days we’ll cover what you need to know to get started with your artistic floral practice!

Just like other artistic practices, you need to have a grasp of the basics to start to truly explore the medium of floral design. You'll learn the "how and why” behind some traditional techniques, balanced with innovative techniques that we love and that compliment the Ponderosa & Thyme approach to floral design! Part of our Basic Art of Floral Design master class series.


  • Boutonnières
  • Corsages
  • Flower crowns
  • Table centerpieces


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.

Personals & Centerpieces
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Morning coffee, tea and snacks

Snacks and refreshments throughout the day

Friday Community Dinner (optional)


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 vessel(s) 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 Intensive sessions)

- Ponderosa Apron

- Floral knife

- Floral Clippers

- Ribbon scissors

- Kenzan

- Rose Glove

Basic Art of Floral Design: Getting Started


9:30 AM | Welcome and introductions with coffee and tea

Morning meditation

Lecture | Setting up your Studio - What is in a floral studio space? We will discuss all of the necessary elements of a floral studio for your own personal floral practice!

We will cover:

- Space and equipment

- Tool and supplies

- Flower care, preparation, and storage

Lunch Break

Lecture | Basic Floral Techniques - Discussion and demonstrations of wiring, taping, gluing techniques, and applications.

Hands-on Session |  Personal Flowers - Everything you need to know about creating wearable floral.

We will cover:

- Boutonnieres

- Corsage

- Floral Crown

5:00 PM | End of Day


9:30 AM | Coffee, tea and conversation

Morning meditation

Lecture and Exercise |  Capturing your Work - It's important to know how to capture and document your designs. We will discuss photography basics with a focus on phone photography.

Lecture | Creating Frameworks - Discussion and demonstrations of various traditional framework techniques, including:

- Flower Frog/Kenzan

- Chicken Wire, Pillows and Eggs

- Water Tubes

- Floral Foam*

Lunch (on your own)

Demonstration | Table Centerpiece with Chicken Wire

Hands-on Session | Table Centerpiece with Chicken Wire

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

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