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Join Michael in class with monthly videos from flower school and learn from the comfort of your own home. Videos include class projects and clips from Michael's journeys in the floral industry.

Tour flower farms, explore the local flower markets and watch classroom videos for just $8.99 per month. New videos are added weekly, so bring Michael into your home today!

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Join Michael in class! Classes will resume July 5th, please check the new schedule posted for all classes! Keep Bloomin'

Holiday Floral Design Classes

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 Join us for an afternoon or evening of Holiday Floral Design Classes.

xmas-flowers-candles-on-xmas-tablesPine, cedars and balsams with lots of berry.
Three designs and all materials included.
Bring a camera to take pictures and a basket to carry all your designs home.

  • Miami: Saturday, November 21st, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • San Francisco: Saturday, November 28th, 1:00 to 4:30 pm or 6:00 to 9:30 pm
  • San Diego: Saturday, December 5th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Minneapolis: Thursday, December 10th, 1:00 to 4:30 pm or 6:00 to 9:30 pm
  • Milwaukee: Tuesday, December 15th, 1:00 to 4:30 pm or 6:00 to 9:30 pm
  • Chicago: Wednesday, December 16th, 1:00 to 4:30 pm or 6:00 to 9:30 pm
  • New York City: Saturday, December 19th, 1:00 to 4:30 pm or 6:00 to 9:30 pm.

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Flower Design Organizations and Certifications

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I was recently talking about flower design organizations and certifications. The number one question asked is, “Do I need to be certified to be a florist?”  The answer is no. Why? Because there is no standard used in our business. To put it into context, a recent poll found that only 2.6% of all working florists referred to themselves as ‘certified members’ of a flower organization. By the law of mathematics, this means the other 97.4% do not. You can join clubs such as PCFI and AIFD by receiving a certification. Basically, it’s to get initials after your name.

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My Summer Flowers Road Trip!

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The road has so much to see- especially summer flowers

I took my sights and my clippers and hit the road to see what summer flowers were blooming in gardens across America. Beginning with classes in our schools in Milwaukee followed by Chicago, we worked with some great, fresh summer flowers.

I had the joy of hopping over to California to design a wedding in fantastic Napa Valley. Wine, cheese, and summer flowers- is there more to life? Read More

Flower Arranging Classes

My Upcoming Book: Flower Power Lessons from the Los Angeles School of Flower Design

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Flower Power lessons from a flower design professional, my book can help and entertain the beginner to the professional.

Release: Late Fall 2015

About: A contemporary, editorial view on flower design, this book analyzes some innovative techniques and possibilities with an emphasis on Southern Californian styles. With so many beautiful and elegant blooms in California, I developed incredible new design techniques that anyone can apply to their flower design armoire. This book is a look into the Californian flower world and the lessons that I’ve taught at my Los Angeles School of Flower Design.

Features: 

  • Elegant photo shots from San Juan Capistrano, CA to Hollywood and top-of-the-line flower design elements for you to indulge in.
  • Flower design techniques that are particular to California and other sub-tropical flower designs.
  • Miscellaneous design tips that can be used anywhere in the United Sttes or even the world.
  • A look inside the world of an American Flower Design School taught by yours truly.
  • Other flower facts that you’ve never known!

For more information or inquiries, contact me on my phone at 414-617-7162 or contact me on the Contact page.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out my previous book on professional flower design entitled, “Design Star: Lessons from the New York School of Flower Design”.

 

Mid Summer Flower Tips

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With about half of the summer over, but still plenty of sun to hit your late bloomers, it’s important to stay on top of your summer flower game. There are different fertilizers, enhancers, good summer flower sales, and more that can help you keep your garden and your summer flower designs rolling onto your countertop, throughout your garden, and in your windows. Also, there are still plenty of weddings and events left that demand some beautiful flowers.

Here are some midsummer flower tips that should help you out:

  • Get your flowers while they’re cheap! Summer flower prices are currently down.
  • Best Midsummer Deals: Sunflowers and hydrangeas. Spruce up your garden.
  • Remember: cool houses keep cool flowers lasting longer, so keep that AC on- it acts like a cooler!
  • Purchase irises when they’re really tight and they will last longer. A couple of drops of bleach in the water will help keep them lasting even longer.
  • I recommend Crowning Glory Flower Spray by Floralife to cover all your flowers.
  • Our Facebook page will have job opportunities for the fall listed!
  • My new book, entitled Flower Power Lessons from the Los Angeles School of Flower Design is complete and will be released in the late fall of 2015.
    My last book, Design Star is still available for purchase. 

Private Flower Lessons are Great!

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Recent Personal Private Flower Lessons

Private Flowering design lessons offer a great opportunity for many things. Not only is the class educational, but it’s extremely enjoyable for everyone involved, myself included. I love getting to meet new people who share the same passion for flowers as I do, even if they don’t have much experience at all- because that’s where I come in. I love working with people and watching the progress that they can make in one night, one week, and the incredible differences a year after. I’ve hosted in plenty of places.

I recently gave great private flower lessons at the enchanting Chatwal Hotel in New York City for a group of 25 women from around the metro area as well as upstate New York.  We even had some Ralph Lauren models in the class and an Italian fashion blogger Gregory DelliCarpini (@pinijr) stopped in.  The dynamic between the students, the flowers, and I is always an engaging one and even with 25 people, it feels like such a small group.

In one night, you can learn more about flowers in our flower stylish design classes than you would spending time weeding out or planting your garden. I can do lessons for anyone if I am in your area or can even travel to you if you have a sizable amount of people. If you are interested in a private flower lessons class for you or your friends give me a call or see my website for more about my private classes.