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Washington Flower School

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Washington Flower School

Washington Flower School(affiliated with Park Florist in Takoma Park, Maryland) offers professional floral design courses as well as seasonal workshops perfect for the budding designer or flower enthusiast!

1. Certificate Courses We offer Certificate Courses for those who are considering a career as a florist, as well as those wanting a comprehensive overview of floral design. As a student at Washington Flower School, you'll receive hands-on instruction from an award-winning team of instructors as well as Jeanne Ha, the founder. They have a vast knowledge of design that is proven by their accomplishments. From winning design competitions, operating and running a successful flower shop, teaching at many previous classes and workshops all making them tops in their field in floral design instruction. With our small class sizes, you'll receive individual attention as needed so you can hone your skills that are necessary in becoming a successful career floral designer.

Our main instructor is qualified and experienced in the industry, Jeanne Ha AIFD, CFD, AIFD Certified judge/evaluator (founder, instructor, owner of Park Florist). The school was founded by David Shover AIFD and Jeanne Ha in 2010. Since then it has provided quality career education in the Washington DC Metro area through various hands-on workshops.

2. Workshops We also offer fun seasonal workshops that anybody, any skill level, can join and make beautiful flower arrangements with us with our easy instruction!

Typical evening classes are 1 and a half hours long, Sunday afternoon classes are typically hour and a half in length and are appropriate for all skill levels. Everything is provided - tools, flowers, vases, and instruction. Just bring yourself!

Hope to see you soon in one of our classes!

3. Presentations & Workshops for private groups Jeanne Ha, the founder and president of Washington Flower School, can come to your event and provide quality and fun activities such as flower design presentations or hands-on workshops.

Typically for an hour presentation, she showcase about 3-4 her renowned floral arts which the host can raffle out. For hands-on workshops, we bring all the materials and tools that needed and Jeanne demonstrate and leads the group to finish the projects, which the attendees take home with them.
For more information or schedule Jeanne for your next event, email Jeanne@ParkFlorist.us or call 301-270-1848.

Workshops

Fun seasonal flower design class for anybody with any skill level. Tools, flowers, vases, and instructions are provided and you take your beautiful flower arrangement home!

Certificate Courses

Washington Flower School(Educational Partner of AIFD and affiliated with Park Florist) offers professional certificate floral design courses. Check out the current schedule for your future career!

Jeanne Ha - Park florist Owner

Jeanne Ha

AIFD CFD Certificate Judge/Evalutator

Owner

Jeanne has the job of her dreams: florist and owner of a retail shop! Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, she has a strong foundation in art and music (has too many degrees in music from Seoul National University and University of Maryland). She was inducted as a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2010 and is currently a proud member of the Society of American Florists, The Independent Floral Designers Association, and Old Town Takoma Park Business Association. She also served two terms as a Teleflora unit president. She has won numerous floral design competitions and been featured in many publications. Jeanne lives in Takoma Park with her husband and co-owner, Dennis; her three children; her mom, Sunny; Taffy, her orange tabby, and Mizu, her Shiba Inu dog.

Sarah Oh - Manager

Sarah Oh, CFD

Manager

Born and raised in Silver Spring, Sarah has always had in interest in flowers and gardening. After being a student at Washington Flower School -Park Florist's educational partner, she accepted our invitation to become our team member! In her past time, she enjoys crocheting, and baking (yes, she feeds us!) But more than anything, she loves to play with her two dogs, Toosil and Chuchu.

Rosana Cruz - Senior Designer

Rosana Cruz

Senior Designer

With us since 2015, Rosana's design style has developed over the years. A hard worker, she powers through, even on tough busy days, and produces beautiful arrangements every time. Rosana has a polished design style, creating clean and refined designs, her signature style being lush and compact. A native of El Salvador, Rosana is our go-to for Spanish translation.

Elise Liguori - Customer Relations Coordinator

Elise Liguori

Customer Relations Coordinator

Elise came to Park Florist after a long career as a lobbyist. Don't let her past fool you, she is one of the kindest, most thoughtful people you will meet! As Customer Relations Coordinator, Elise's goal is to make the customer happy by listening to their needs and translating them to the design team. Elise is always on top of all the details and makes sure the best product goes out the doors. A resident of Takoma Park, Elise lives with her husband, Bob; their cats, Homer and Mia; and their sweet puppy, Baley.

Since I don’t know what stage you are at in your floral design career, I will provide you with a general overview.

If you’re in the early, exploratory stage of thinking about a career in floral design, I recommend you sign up for our Basic Course in Floral Design at the Washington Flower School. This is a four-week (one night a week) comprehensive introduction to floral design. Each week you will receive instruction on different design concepts, and each week you will make - and go home with - a beautiful arrangement. There is a written test at the end of the course and you will receive a certificate in Basic Floral Design from the Washington Flower School.

For those students who have completed the Basic Course in Floral Design and are ready for more advanced instruction, we offer a Master Course in Floral Design. This is a more in depth study of floral design concepts to increase your skill level. The Master Course is also a four-week (one night a week) course where - upon completion - you will receive a certificate in Master Floral Design from the Washington Flower School.

You can find more detailed information about the Washington Flower School’s certificate courses on our website:

https://www.washingtonflowerschool.com/certificate-courses

After taking one (or both) of these courses, I highly recommend you apply to work at a florist. The experience you will gain working day in and day out and learning from experienced designers will be invaluable to your development as a floral designer. When you feel you are prepared and ready to strive for the American Institute of Floral Designers' (AIFD) Certified Floral Designer (CFD) accreditation, you will find the steps you need to follow on their website:

https://aifd.org/membership/becoming-a-cfd/ 

Note that their first step to becoming a CFD is to take a course at an AIFD Education Partner like that of the Washington Flower School.

For those students who completed our Basic and Master Courses(at any time), we can invite them to apply for CFD process if the instructors agreed that they are ready to take the next steps.

Yes and no. For our certificate Basic Course, you need to register for the whole course, which is 4 weeks. When we name the classes as "course", it means it is a series of classes that should be registered as one. You can choose any individual class you would like to attend, when we offer it as "workshop". We designed the workshops as one day or two-day classes to focus on specific topics.

We strongly recommend you register for our Basic Course. It is the perfect start for you! We will cover all of the basic principles, elements, and techniques of floral design, so you understand how they are used in your arrangements. We only ask you to have a passion to learn!

Yes! The Basic Course is designed for you. We are sure you will find yourself learning quite a lot! We're not just teaching skills that you can pick up anywhere, we are teaching you the principles, elements and techniques of design, so that you feel confident about what you're doing. This may reaffirm what you already know and do.

Yes, especially if you are planning to do this as your own business and help brides with flowers, we strongly recommend taking our Basic Course as well as our workshops that are related to wedding work. There will not be an emphasis on large wedding designs such as altar pieces, arch decor, tall centerpieces, etc. However, you will definitely need to be familiar with the principles, elements and techniques of floral design to apply them to your designs, even your wedding creations. These workshops will provide you with a solid foundation that will better enable you to explore your own creativity. We encourage you to check out our other, non-wedding related workshops too; e.g., holiday centerpieces, wreath-making, seasonal arrangements, etc.!

Yes, the fee includes all the floral materials you will need for the projects. This includes containers, accessories, flowers and foliage. For the Basic course, you will also get a free school apron and light refreshments and snacks. A pretty good deal! For some special workshops we will also provide light refreshments and set a table for us to sit and enjoy as well.

Of course! You can register online by clicking the “Register” button next to the course descriptions.

Yes. We accept cash, check (payable to Park Florist), or credit card. Payment using a credit card can be taken over the phone. It will show as "Park Florist" on your statement. However, all payments are required in advance of the class so that we can prepare your materials and guarantee you a design station.

Hmm... Not really, except for your tools if you have your own. If you do not have them or are not sure of what to bring, we have tools you can borrow for the class. You may also purchase a basic toolkit from us. The basic toolkit includes a pair of lightweight pruners, a floral knife, a spool of floral tape and a tube of floral adhesive.

Convenient parking spaces are available directly behind the Park Florist shop.