Creative Design Workshops - Beyond Beginning Reimagined

October 24, 2023 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Parish Community House 25 South Street, Litchfield, CT

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Presented by the Judges Council of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc.

Want to learn how to create beautiful floral arrangements? In this introductory workshop, you’ll learn how the principles and elements of design are applied to floral design via a hands-on-creative design with pizzazz!  Larry Huzi, an Accredited Flower Show Judge will be the instructor. If you’re interested in going beyond traditional design, this workshop will be a good starting point.

Techniques to be discussed include foliage manipulation, sheltering, receding, and advancing colors, and spatial considerations.  Tips on using selected flowers will be included.  All materials will be supplied, and analysis of the finished designs will conclude the two and a half-hour session.

Bring floral scissors, a sharp knife and a medium box to take your design home.  Questions?  Contact Trish Manfredi at

Unlimited Creativity...

Take the fear out of learning design

Several Floral Design videos by members of Judges Council (including Larry Huzi, Trish Manfredi, and Cathy Ritch) have been placed on the Federated YouTube channel. Learn something new and/or review some basics in the world of Floral Design. More videos will be added as time permits, so check the channel from time to time. FYI, three of the videos were filmed during a program at Riverside GC. Thank you Riverside for letting us share them.

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.