Essentially Seasonal Design Series


Instructor: Holly Carlisle

Sunday, February 10 | 2-5 p.m.

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Series - Members $740 | Non-members $800

Single class - Members $185 |Non-members $200

*Please Note that the single class registration is for the 1st class, Winter: Minimalism*

A seasonally focused floristry demonstration, workshop, and discussion series led by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden, in the spirit of local floristry legend Beth McReynolds and her iconic "Birmingham Style." The classes will focus first how to approach designing with a seasonally specific concept. Holly will demonstrate, then, participants will get to create their own arrangements with Holly’s guidance. All materials will be provided. To see more of Holly's work, click on Rosegolden above or here.

Winter: Minimalism Study the principles of minimal design as you walk through a portion of the Japanese Gardens. Learn to utilize negative space and emphasize the natural character of each material as you create an ikebana inspired arrangement in a shallow vessel using a traditional kenzan.

Spring: Ephemerality Discover how to capture the ephemeral look and feel of this season as seen on a walk through Kaul Wildflower Garden. Celebrate the fleeting beauty of springtime as you create a whimsical world of bulb flowers and blooming branches in a ceramic vessel prepared with chicken wire.

Summer: Juxtaposition Utilize juxtaposition as a design tool and way to elevate the common alongside the cultivated as identified during a walk through the Dunn Formal Rose Garden followed by the native Pollinator Display Area. This thoughtful arrangement will be made using a taped-off glass vessel.

Fall: Transition Embrace change as you learn how to prominently feature fall’s transitioning foliage as nature enters its fully ripened state and begins the descent into dormancy. Create a structural arrangement using woody materials as identified during a walk through the Southern Living and McReynolds Gardens. These will be built in a vessel prepared with a flower frog and chicken wire.

Refunds (minus a $15 processing fee) given if notification is made at least 10 business days prior to class start date. (You are always welcome to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.) A $15 processing fee will be charged for class transfers at any time. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to lack of participation; if we cancel a class as such, we will issue a full refund. Please be aware that we strive to hold classes regardless of weather, so plan accordingly. In the unlikely event a class has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, we will attempt to notify you, and a refund (minus a $15 processing fee) will be issued.