Even though your creations may not be presented alongside masterworks at the de Young, they can still be museum-quality with some help. Here are a handful of local classes to up your floral design game.
Learn about the art of floral arranging as well as the methodology, in an intimate hands-on setting at Bloomingayles. Classes offered include bouquet essentials, where students will handle and combine flowers to find their own unique decorative style, and seasonal courses in holiday table-scapes, wreath making and other skills.
BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF MARIN
Master teachers Kinsui Saiki and Julie Nakatani invite both beginner and advanced students to the Buddhist Temple of Marin to practice ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. In ikebana, arrangements are a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together and are centered on developing a closeness with nature.
From serious floral design classes to casual flower parties, Marin Floral offers an array of activities and provides fresh, locally sourced materials for students to use. Patrons also have the option of attending on-site custom parties where guests go home with the arrangements they create.
Matilda’s Magnolias buys flowers from farmers in San Francisco and the Bay Area and delivers them based on whatever schedule works best for participants. The selection is always a surprise and the flowers arrive loose. Inside every box subscribers will find a floral fact card with arrangement tips and design recommendations.
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition under the headline: “Floral Inspiration.”