Floral Design

Pleasanton Gardens Meeting Room
251 Kottinger Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Meets the fourth Thursday of the month September through May from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. unless stated otherwise. Design members are willing to drive others who do not wish to drive at night.

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 for $20 and use them throughout the year.

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.

Design using a Recycled Container

Thursday, April 27, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please return the wood you used last month if you borrowed a piece.

This month we will be creating a creative design in a recycled container.

You will need:

  • Container: Look around your kitchen or garage for a recycled container. Examples: milk cartons, yogurt containers, soup cans, tuna or cat/dog cans. Decorate - best if solid color/s to let your arrangement shine. I strongly suggest spray paint for plastic with milk cartons, yogurt containers and anything waxy or plastic. Regular spray paint works well on tin cans. Another option is to wrap with yarn or rope.
    Don't have anything to repurpose for a flower design? Come. Lynn is bringing different types of painted recycled material and a PVC pipe container.
  • Mechanics: something to hold your plant material in place. I suggest one of the following: floral foam, a pin frog (kenzan), or a bunch of wire or twigs
  • Lynn will bring some phormium (New Zealand flax) to share and a bouquet of flowers from a supermarket or Trader's Joe. She will share what she doesn't use in the demonstration.
  • Bring flowers in spikey forms and round forms, e.g. Bells of Ireland, foxglove, Iris, Rose, Gerbera, Carnations, and line material (pussy willow, Euonymus, box wood, curly willow, Phormium, Aspidistra (cast iron plant).
  • Other things to bring:


    Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7 to 9 PM Emil Yanos, AIFD Cost $10

    FAB Floral Artists of the Bay Area Presentation
    Mt Eden Floral Company, 2124 Bering Drive, San Jose, CA 95131 PH (408)213-5777

    If you are interested, please contact Lynn MacFarland at FloralDesign@lavgc.org to arrange a carpool.

    Emil Yanos will be presenting his "Inspirations" covering his most inspirational topics.

    Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Emil Yanos now lives in Napa, California. He began his floral career in 1998, following a successful career in graphic design. Emil also expresses his creativity as a ceramic artist.

    Emil earned his accreditation in 2003 from AIFD. He served on the AIFD North West Region board from 2008. The following year he was elected to board Treasurer and served for two terms. Emil was elected AIFD Northwest President in 2011, where his goal was to bring more public awareness to the organization. He is serving again as the North West region's Treasurer.

    Through service, Emil has made a commitment to education and design excellence in the floral industry. Working with the San Francisco Garden Club, he has donated his time to create pieces that have been used to raise funds for various educational programs. Emil's work has been recognized with several design awards. He is currently a freelance designer.

    Filoli Flower Show

    Enter the Filoli Flower Show which will be Thursday June 1 - Sunday June 4
    For more information go to http://www.filoli.org/flower-show/. Please contact flowershow@filoli.org for additional Flower Show information or to request an entry form.



    Thursday September 22, 2016 Vertical Design.

    Thursday October 27, 2016 Horizontal Design.

    November 2016 NO MEETING. Happy Thanksgiving!

    December 2016 NO MEETING. Happy Holidays!
    Wreath-type design is often seen during the holidays. You are welcome to the lesson and ideas from the internet.



    Thursday January 26 Basic Design

    Thursday February 23 Creative Design primarily using leaves

    Thursday March 23 Design using Wood

    Thursday April 27 Design using a Recycled Container - Earth Day

    Thursday May 25 April Showers Bring May Flowers


    June/July Alameda County Fair - Please enter your designs.


    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.

    Previous Meetings and Events



Design and Schools

NGC Flower Show School Required Reading

Floral Styles and Designs
Styles of Flower Arranging - pictures

Flower Shows