Creative Design Workshops - An Introduction to Creative Floral Design

June 6, 2024, 6–8 PM, Tolland County UCONN Cooperative Extension Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT, 06066

Registration closes May 20, 2024.

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

Creative floral design includes specific design types, as well as designs that are based on one’s imagination.  You’ll be introduced to the principles and elements of floral design, as well as various techniques for flower care and design mechanics.

This workshop will include a demonstration of two design types – a parallel design and a creative horizontal design to provide inspiration for your own design!  Both will feature use of texture, colors, negative space, and foliage manipulation.

Trish Manfredi, Master NGC Flower Show Judge will be the instructor.  She presents design programs and workshops throughout CT, New England and Eastern New York state. She has presented seminars at the CT Flower and Garden Show and her designs have been included in several NGC Vision of Beauty Calendars.

The cost of the workshop is $45 for FGCCT Garden Club members, and $50 for others. All materials will be provided, including a container with a waterproof liner.

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.