Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Come one, come all! We’re happy to announce that Petalena will be doing flower classes starting in 2011! We’re so excited to be able to share our love of flowers with you! Please visit our sister site Flower Class with Petalena for all the details and current schedule.

Tired of arrangements from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? Yearning for something a little more special and unique? This class is for you!

Design by Petalena. Lisa Rigby Photography.

What You’ll Do:

  • Learn how to create whimsically elegant and organically styled floral arrangements using a rotating selection of seasonal blooms selected by Petalena.
  • 2 hour workshops will include all flowers and container as well as floral instruction.
  • Each class is thematic around a few wonderful varieties of flowers (For example this spring we’ll focus on the incredible varieties of tulips, narcissus, and hellebore that are available.)
  • During each class we will introduce the kinds of flowers featured (and advice on how to work with them), how to create a color palette, layer textures, and ‘build’ a floral design.

Most of all, it will be a lot of fun talking about and working with gorgeous flowers!


At the Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA – Inman Square

Saturdays, 1-3pm

$100 per class (cost includes a $65 materials fee for flowers and container)
Register through Eventbrite

Light refreshments will be served at the end of the class to celebrate our creations!

Space is limited to 10 students

2 Responses to “Flower Class with Petalena”

  1. Kathy Koehler Says:

    Hi. I wanted to know if you can wire lady slippers and gardenias and if so, how to do it. I cannot find a website with that info. Your floral arrangements are brilliant. I especially love the altar flowers with the fan-tail palm and curly willow and the little centerpiece with the blue hydrangea and dusty miller and blooming willow and your favorite pink orchid and mini calla bride’s bouquet. Thanks for directing me if you can. Kathy

    1. petalena Says:

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your comment! We do wire gardenias but we purchase the gardenias boxed from a grower here in Massachusetts who grows them in their greenhouse. They sell them already wired with a very short wire so we only have to add a longer wire and wrap with florist tape. We have been very fortunate in that we have not had to wire gardenias, they are so sensitive, as you know and brown so easily.

      For Lady Slippers, this is another very careful job to work these into bouquets. We don’t wire near the flower head but rather place a thick wire alongside the stem very carefully and wrap it. We do this just to stabilize it enough to incorporate them delicately into bouquets. Our only other bit of advice is of course to have two or three extras in case the wiring does not go well the first time. Good luck!

      ~ Apryl & Julie

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