Floral Design

All levels are welcomed! No experience is needed. Lynn MacFarland will demonstrate. Then you make. We help each other. At the end we appreciate each other's work. Finally, you bring home your own design. Each month we do something different.

We meet at Lynn's home on the 4th Thursday of the month in September, 3rd Thursday of the month in October, 3rd Thursday of the month in January, February, March, April and May from 7 PM to 9 PM. Design members are willing to drive others who do not wish to drive at night. Please contact Lynn before the meeting so she can arrange your carpool. In addition, we have a Zoom meeting. So you can relax and design at home and be safe. If you have video, you can share.

NOTE: Meeting is cancelled if 4 or more people do not sign up.

For more information and confirmation of class, please contact Lynn MacFarland at FloralDesign@lavgc.org.

Our designs will follow the Handbook for Flower Shows v. 2017, using the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design.

Thursday September 22 at 7 PM
Basic designs: horizontal and triangle

Please bring:

  • A container of your choice (clear glass is NOT recommended) 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, dried Bird of Paradise leaves;
    2. Rounded forms for emphasis, e.g. Chrysanthemum, roses, carnation, etc.; or round fruit or vegetables, e.g. Indian eggplant, or dried palm leaves
    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.
    4. Mechanics to hold your plant material, e.g. floral foam or a pin frog (kenzan)
    5. Your container, shapes, accessories, flowers, branches, and/or line material may emphasize the color. Dried material may be painted. In Botantical Arts Division you may even dye fresh flowers, but never in the Design Division of a show. Beware that store bought flowers are often dyed - bright blue, etc. White carnations will drink up colored water and turn that color. There is even spray paint for flowers. This use of color is only eligible for Freedom of Expression class in Botanical Arts Design Section.
    6. Your selection of material should have different textures, sizes and forms (shapes).

After we create an arrangement to bring home, we appreciate each other's work based on the elements and principles of design. Words of Appreciation
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.