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The Courses:

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

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 theory course with a slide show and we will also do some hands-on calculations and pretend shop scenarios. We discuss the following:

·         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)

Make a variety of hampers 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 as well as gift wrap a bottle in various ways. We decorate a single plant and make a planter basket. Go home laden with gifts and new ideas!

 4. Basic Bridal Floristry Course: (2 days)

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.

It is preferable that you have worked in some way with flowers before doing this course, but if you are good at copying you can do this course. All the items are demonstrated in detail in the classroom and then the students make their own arrangement while Gerda assists. It is advisable to do the Introductory Course as well to get all the background information about handling of flowers, etc. The Introductory course will also help learn techniques for the guest table arrangements and reception flowers.

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

BASIC TOOLKIT (optional extra) for R550 – 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, etc.)



 THE COUNTRY GARDEN HOMEMADE JAMS on Sale at all Workshops and Classes:

Apricot, Fig, Plum, Strawberry Jam and more...

Pickled sweet and sour cucumbers, curried beans...

Green Fig Preserve...