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Asian-Inspired Virtual Floral Design

Ami Wilber Floral Design workshop, green orchid dianthus bells of Ireland and mums

"Yesterday's flowers are today's dreams."  -Japanese Proverb 

Taking inspiration from Japanese minimal aesthetic and appreciating each individual bloom, we will create beauty with exquisite materials. Everything in the arrangement will have intent and purpose.  

Ami Wilber helps you create a beautiful arrangement with step-by-step guidance and plenty of time to ask questions. Supplies are not included, but a materials list is provided below, should participants wish to follow along at home.  


For an additional fee of $65, interested participants can order materialsincluding flowers, greenery and a container, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on July 22. If you have purchased materials from Hillwood in the past, please consider returning old flower buckets when you collect supplies. Exact supplies may vary based on availability due to coronavirus-related supply chain issues. Participants will also need water and floral shears or scissors. Materials are limited to twenty. 

  • BLOOMS: 5-7 stems of each, unless otherwise noted. 
    • cymbidium orchid, green (1 stem​)
    • green dianthus
    • bells of Ireland
    • green "bombellini" mums
    • suggested alternatives: any orchid, carnations, Puplerum, Hydrangea (3-4)
    • walking stick, 3 branches
    • ginger, 5-7 leaves 
    • suggested alternatives: curly willow, any tropical leaves
  • OTHER:
    • white ceramic urn (5.25" high and 8.75" in diameter)
    • 9" x 12" piece of chicken wire to secure stems
    • floral snips (Ami is fond of Saboten model 1210)
    • floral tape


This virtual workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. and is presented live via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to share their arrangements when complete via video; questions can be submitted via the chat feature. Please note that this workshop will be recorded. 

Registered participants will be emailed a link to join this Zoom program. To get started, please download Zoom on your chosen device and explore the Frequently Asked Questions.  


Ami Wilber headshot pink yellow florals white orchidsAmi Wilber became the floral and event décor designer at Hillwood in November 2016. Ami has over twenty-five years of experience as a floral designer. She received a bachelor's degree in fine art from Miami University of Ohio and a Master's of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts. Prior to joining Hillwood, Ami created sculptures and exhibited her installations at galleries and public spaces in Washington, D.C.