Floral Design

The group accommodates all levels of abilities; class participants work on different styles of design. You can just come and observe too. Bring your own container (no clear glass) or purchase 2 basic black containers (square and rectangle) for $20 and use them throughout the year.

Time: Third Thursday of the month from 7 PM to 9 PM

Location: Home of Lynn MacFarland

Home is on a court. You may park in the driveway and if you park your compact all the way forward, another compact can park behind.
Design members are willing to drive others who do not wish to drive at night. Please contact Lynn before the Tuesday so she can arrange your carpool.

For more information, please contact Lynn MacFarland at FloralDesign@lavgc.org.

Our designs will follow the Handbook for Flower Shows, using the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design.


Assignment: Design to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Spring or Easter

We will be making a design to celebrate a March holiday. You pick the holiday.

At the meeting Lynn is creating an arrangement for St. Patrick's Day which is one of the new Botanical Art Designs called Exploration - Freedom of Style. She is spraying fresh plant material with a spray paint designed for flowers. This is the only design type that allows fresh plant material to be dyed, painted or glittered.

At the Design meeting for St. Patrick's Day Lynn will demonstrate a Reflective Design which is a Creative Design containing reflective materials giving back images of light to the viewer. The reflective materials are an integral part of the overall design. Staging in front or on a mirror is not acceptable. For Easter or spring she will demonstrate a Hanging Design which is one of the Botanical Art Designs.

  • A container of your choice (not glass) or something to hold your plant material
  • Three (3) types of plant material from your garden or purchased. Select one variety of plant material (3-5 pieces of each) from each of the three basic forms:
    1. Spike forms, for line and to establish skeleton, eg. Stock; cattail, umbrella plant;
    2. Rounded forms for emphasis, e.g. Chrysanthemum, roses, carnation, etc.; or round fruit or vegetables, e.g. Indian eggplant
    3. Filler or transitional forms to give contrast of texture, round out design and cover mechanics, e.g. small flowers or small leafed foliage, euonymus, boxwood, yew, redwood, pittosporum, hosta. Texture is the surface quality of the plant material, such as rough or smooth, dull or shinny.
  • If you want a Reflective Design bring foil, gold coins, aluminium wire or other reflective material to incorporate in your design.
  • If you with to Explore, bring your dyed and/or painted plant material. Painting at the meeting is not recommended.
  • Clippers for stems and branches
  • Mechanics to hold your plant material, e.g. floral foam or a pin frog (kenzan)
  • Words of Appreciation. After we create an arrangement to bring home, we appreciate each other's work based on the elements and principles of design.
  • Your imagination and a desire to have fun!


The National Handbook describes both Creative and Traditional styles. These are not design types, but how you present your plant material. Creative designs use contrast and dominance with plant material and voids to create rhythm (positive and negative space or "plastic organization".) We are going to concentrate on the two elements of design (size and space) and particularly appreciate contrast, dominance and rhythm. All elements of design and all principles of design should be followed. Look at art and apply the principles to your creative designs.

Ikebana has many schools of floral design. For more information see Ikebana International San Francisco . They meet on the 3rd Friday during the day.

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