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Still Life-Inspired Virtual Floral Design

“The flower painters of the Golden Age in the Netherlands were engaged in a constant struggle, to recreate their experience of seeing a convex bouquet rounding in three dimensions by portraying it in two dimensions.”  From Dutch Flower Paintings by Paul Taylor 

Photo of Dutch Master still life inspired floral arrangement by Ami WilberWhen looking at still life paintings by the Dutch Masters, flowers appears as if blooms were plucked from the garden and arranged in a whimsical manner. Create your own Dutch Masters-inspired arrangement using blooms from Holland, in this virtual workshop.  

Ami Wilber helps you create a beautiful arrangement with step-by-step guidance and plenty of time to ask questions, and discusses how to photograph your creation to make it appear like a Dutch Master still life painting. Supplies are not included, but a materials list will be shared in advance, should participants wish to follow along at home. 


For an additional fee of $65, participants will receive all necessary materials, including flowers, greenery and a container. 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 3-5 varieties from the list below and gather 5-7 stems of each unless otherwise noted 
    • tulips (full bunch; highly recommended for all participants)
    • delphinium
    • hyacinth
    • poppies
    • anemone
    • fritillaria (1-3 stems)
    • ranunculus
    • daffodils
    • lilies
  • Greenery (1 bunch each)
    • kale
    • grapes
  • Other Floral Supplies
    • metal compote bowl, 9.5"x7"
    • chicken wire to secure stems, 9"x12"
    • floral snips (Ami is fond of Saboten model 1210)
    • floral tape
  • Optional Accessories and Props (not included with pre-ordered supplies)
    • glass pitcher
    • sea shell
    • old books
    • mushrooms
    • velvet

Interested participants must pre-order their materials by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on March 18. If you have purchased materials from Hillwood in the past, please consider returning old flower buckets when you collect supplies.


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


Photograph of Ami Wilber holding 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.