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Garden to Table Virtual Floral Design

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse 

Ami Wilber floral design cutting garden snap peas zinnias strawberry orange floralThe cutting garden is lush with blooms in August. A variety of colors and textures fill the garden beds.  Dahlias, zinnias, celosia, sunflowers, gomphrena, salvia and herbs are just some of the delights to select for your floral creations.  In this workshop we will create a rustic and casual floral design using local farm flowers from the D.C. area.   

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 included 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 August 19. 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: Select colors based on your preference and gather 1 bunch of each, unless noted otherwise
    • limelight hydrangea, 3-5 stems
    • orange marigolds​
    • zinnias​
    • celosia
    • suggested alternatives include: tomatoes, fairy eggplants, tomatillos, and snap peas
    • basil​, 1 bunch
  • OTHER:
    • rustic pitcher/vase (7" tall and 3.25" in diameter)
    • 6"x15"​ piece of chicken wire to secure stems
    • floral tape​
    • floral snips​ (Ami is fond of Saboten model 1210) 


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.