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Virtual Floral Design | From the Garden to Your Vase

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet 

The cutting garden in August is lush with blooms. 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 virtual workshop, we will create a rustic and casual floral design using blooms from local flower farms in the D.C. region.

Ami Wilber helps you create a beautiful creation 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:

  • Blooms:
    • 5-7 stems dahlias, button variety 
    • 1 bunch zinnias 
    • 1 bunch mixed celosia, brain & candlestick 
    • 1 bunch rudbeckia 
    • 1 bunch basil, African blue basil variety
  • Other Materials:
    • Ceramic jug/pitcher (6"x 4.25"x 5.25")


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 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 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.