Beyond Beginning Design Workshops

SEVEN workshops, THREE locations, unlimited Creativity...

Take the fear out of learning design

If you haven’t been to a Beyond Beginning Workshop (BB) yet, 2021 WILL be the year to attend! INTRO workshops (for those with little or no floral design experience) are in Litchfield, New Haven and Old Saybrook. For those of you who think you are not creative, the September 10th workshop in Old Saybrook may be the workshop for you! You don’t have to take an INTRO workshop before taking other workshops, nor do the workshops need to be taken in order. Don’t wait to register, as workshops fill up quickly.

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 7 to 8 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.

2020 Workshop Schedule

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Litchfield, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Old Saybrook, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

For detailed information about class content, click on the title. You will be able to 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.

Because Workshops fill quickly and often there are cancellations, you can be added to a wait list, with an option to observe at no charge, by emailing Cathy Ritch.

If you have any questions, please email Cathy at

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.