Beyond Beginning Design Workshops

More Popular than Ever!

Take the fear out of learning design

When the Beyond Beginning (BB) Floral Design Workshops were conceived, the name was chosen to describe someone who knew a little bit about creative design but wanted to learn more.  That someone wanted to learn “what makes a design creative, how do I put it together, what are the newest techniques, where can I buy supplies, what makes a good design and where can I practice”?

The workshops are lively two or two-and-a-half-hour-sessions scheduled 8 or 9 times a year.  Topics have included “Leaf Manipulation,” “Working with Weathered Wood,” and “Creativity from Initial Concept to Completed Design and What Happens in Between.” Not only do participants learn from the instructor, they also learn from each other.

At the end of the session, small groups mentored by a judge view each design as if it were at a flower show. They critique the designs using the Principles and Elements of Design. All is done in good spirit, with the sole intention of increasing your understanding of good design.

More Design Workshops in 2019!

Creative Floral Design, Floral Jewelry, Mechanics, Designs using Floral Mesh or Wood….are you interested in learning something new in Floral Design? Beyond Beginning Floral Design Workshops have several options in 2019. We hope you’ll join in the fun and let your creative spirit free.

INTRO TO CREATIVE DESIGN workshops will be held at both the Acton Library in Old Saybrook and CAES, New Haven. The INTRO classes are specifically aimed at those who want more practice and self-confidence. You do not have to take an INTRO class before taking other classes, if you have some floral design experience.

FLORAL JEWELRY unites crafting and flowers in a fun, creative way.
ADVANCED DESIGN is for experienced designers who want to learn more about the ‘new’ European Design styles that are airy and organic in feel.

2019 Workshop Schedule and Registration

Acton Library, Old Saybrook, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Old Saybrook, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

CAES (Jones Auditorium), 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


For detailed information about class content, click on the title. You can register for one or more of these workshops online or by mail. Online registration is immediate. A workshop may fill between the time you print a registration form and mail it.

*PLEASE NOTE: Workshops fill quickly, but there is a wait list and there are often cancellations. Please do not register for a workshop that is noted ‘WAIT LIST ONLY’. However, you may ask to be added to the waiting list, with an option to observe at no charge, by emailing Cathy Ritch.

If you have any questions, please email Cathy at

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The Beyond Beginning Floral Design Workshops began in Fall, 2015.  They were started by the Design Coordinator of the State Flower Show with the help of three other CT Flower Show Judges.  The goal was to provide a learning environment that would encourage creativity and enable participants to practice.  All supplies are provided.   NGC Accredited Judges from Connecticut demonstrate a specific design, but offer alternative ways to use the materials in the design to encourage individual creativity.

In a recent state Flower Show, 22 participants from BB workshops entered designs.  Of those 22, several went on to win NGC Top Exhibitor Design Awards, including the Design of Excellence, Designer’s Choice, Table Artistry, and Artistic Craft.

This is proof that these workshops really increase design skill.  Consider signing up for these popular workshops now.