THE CAPE SCHOOL OF FLORISTRY                            (Ladismith and Cape Town)

                              Where dreams come true...




The Courses:

1.  Introduction to Floristry Course: (2 day course) 

This course is a for the absolute beginner and the more experienced florist. It is a challenging course where you learn a wide variety of techniques and designs that are popularly used in floristry, but are also useful to the hobbyist and homemaker. An absolute must for all who wish to start a career in floristry. This course covers traditional and more modern creative designs, and in this way it should appeal to everyone.

This course covers the following topics:

1.      Purchasing and handling of flowers

2.      Conditioning and Care of fresh flowers

3.      Basic design concepts

4.      Shapes and styles of arrangements

5.      Colour and its effects

6.      Choice and use of containers

7.      Methods of arranging flowers and mediums into which to arrange them

8.      Working with fruit and attributes in arrangements

What we will make:

1.      Round country bowl

2.      Modern vase of flowers

3.      Line arrangement

4.      Hand-tied Spiral Bunch

5.      Phalaeonopsis orchid arrangement

6.      Arrangement using branches/sticks

What you will get:

1.      Take home all the arrangements you have made

2.      An apron for you to keep

3.      A booklet of illustrated notes

4.      A certificate of attendance


2.  My Florist Business Course: (expanded to 2 days)

Learn what the florist business is all about. Tap into Gerda’s 20 years of experience in running a successful florist chain in Cape Town. This is a theoretical course with a colourful slide presentation of all the aspects below. We will also do some hands-on calculations and simulate in-shop scenarios. We discuss the following during the course:

·        Setting up shop and shop decor

·        Taking orders

·        Customer care

·        Deliveries

·        Costing

·        Buying and suppliers

·        Florist relay systems

·        Products

·        Corporates and accounts

·        Keeping books of account

·        Registration of business

·        Website and social media

·        Events and weddings

·        Quality and dealing with complaints


3.     Gift Hamper Course: (2 days)

This course covers the following:

Day to day floristry in the commercial world is all about giving gifts or sending some form of gesture for a variety of occasions. Gift hampers and plants form a large part of these gestures and are gaining immense popularity. One reason for this is that it might last longer than flowers do and also it is edible which gives pleasure to the senses of taste as well as sight. Some folk feel uncomfortable in giving flowers, and then a well-wrapped bottle of wine or a beautifully decorated gift hamper, or even a basket with an assortment of flowering plants fulfills the purpose. This is something that one can easily do from home for an extra income, as the products have a better shelf-life than flowers and can be bought in advance and stored until required. Also useful for corporate gifting with a personal touch.

What we will make:

  • Make a variety of hampers (gourmet, pamper, baby, kiddies, fresh fruit) and learn how to choose products, containers, themes to make delicious and eye-catching gifts. 
  • Also learn to make a variety of ribbons to decorate the gifts
  •  gift wrap a bottle in various ways. 
  • We decorate a single plant 
  • and make a planter basket. 

What you will get:

  • Go home laden with gifts and new ideas!
  • Take home all the hampers and gifts that you made at the course.
  • A booklet of illustrated notes
  • A certificate of attendance



4. Basic Bridal Floristry Course: (2 days)

This course covers the following:

It is preferable that you have worked in some way with flowers before doing this course, but not essential, and if you are good at copying and keen to learn, you can do this course. All the items are demonstrated in detail in the classroom and then everyone makes their own arrangement while Gerda moves around to assist. It is advisable to do the Introductory Course as well in order to get all the background information about the handling of flowers, etc. The Introductory course will also help with ideas and techniques for guest table arrangements and reception flowers as this is not covered in this bridal course.

What we will make:

  • During this course we learn the basics of making standard popular Bridal bouquets. 
  • Learn to make a parallel hand-tied bouquet with all the trimmings; 
  • a spiral hand-tied bouquet 
  • and a teardrop bouquet in a foam bridie holder.  
  • Learn how to advise brides about their floral needs and how you need to plan for the day. 
  • Learn all the techniques of making various corsages, buttonholes (traditional and modern). 
  • Learn how to make a wrist corsage and coronet, 
  • how to work with flower glue, hot glue gun 
  • and the techniques of wiring and taping flowers. 
  • Make a traditional shaped bridal table arrangement 
  • and a large front-facing arrangement for a church or reception.

What you will get:

  • Take home all the bouquets and arrangements that you made at the course.
  • A booklet of illustrated notes
  • A certificate of attendance


(P.S. All flowers, containers, decorations are provided and you take home what you have made. All necessary equipment, e.g. pair of scissors, will be available at the workshops and courses.) 


(this is an optional extra) for R595 

Floristry Tools (some of which will be in the toolkit)

 order in advance please 

(we do supply all tools required at the classes for your use) 

(this is if you want to purchase your own starter toolkit)

(includes small nifty toolbox, florist scissors, knife, pins, wires, rose stripper, prongs, florist putty, tape, beads, message cards, card sticks, etc.)




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