Floral Design School
Vermont Academy of Floral Design is Vermont's only professional floral
design school specializing in the art of natural floral design. The true
art of floral design is not determined by how much or what kind of
materials used, but rather by the uniqueness, creativity and sensitivity
with which they are combined.
Certificate programs at our floral design
school include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training in the
floral design studio. Many of the classes are limited in number so to keep a high
teacher to student ratio. Each floral design-training program at our
floral school, from basic to advance will include the latest techniques
and concepts as they develop in the industry.
Francis Bacon once said, "Nature is
commanded by obeying her." Because designing is very complex a
designer must first understand the elements and principles of floral
by combining basic concepts and natural techniques, students will develop
their own natural styles of floral design.
Since life styles are ever changing, we must
be sensitive to changes in the art of fresh flower arranging. Students are
instructed in basic concepts but are challenged to move beyond and create
arrangements that complement their customer's life styles.
The Vermont Academy is noted for its use of
foliage in floral designs. An area that is sometimes over looked. When
properly used foliage arrangements make a stunning statement by
themselves. With an understanding of different plant materials natural
growth habits, students then continue the natural floral design process when
adding flowers. Students do not copy each arrangement as demonstrated for
them, but choose from the plant materials provided and create floral designs
within the guide lines of that design style. This way each student learns
how to choose materials that will best complement their floral design. Because
the study of nature is so important in this field, the Vermont Academy has
developed cutting gardens with over three hundred varieties of plant
materials. During the summer plant materials are cut from the garden
giving students a wide variety of materials to work with.
Floral art is an ever changing design field.
Even within traditional floral design we are learning different way of
using basic plant materials that add an unique interest in our floral
From the basic look one can move to another level of design where the
emphasis may be more modern in style. These styles focus on form and lines
within the composition usually designed for contemporary homes or a
professional office space. The floral design then becomes more of a living
sculpture within the space. This style of designing can also be used for
party and weddings. On the extreme edge of design will be experimental
designing where the designer may create a new design style or concept.
This style of designing pushed the designer to draw on the world around
them. They may look at other forms of art, architecture and nature for
their inspirations. Then with their understanding of the elements and
principles of floral design, mechanics and by combining previous experiences they
go about creating new ideas. The design concept or techniques may then
become a standard used within the floral industry. A floral designer may
travel to whatever heights they desire, their only limitation is
The goal of the Vermont Academy is to promotes integrity and
professionalism and for students to feel that they have not been taught a
skill but rather that they have learned a profession.