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Virtual Floral Design How-To | Flowers Fit for Gatsby

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

Roaring Twenties exhibition logo featuring a woman in a 1920s style gown Create flowers fit for Gatsby by adding a modern twist to 1920s floral inspiration which was luxurious and abundant in flowers. Beige and cream tones accented with silver and gold to create asymmetric and cascading designs.

Ami Wilber shares a step-by-step guide to create your own arrangement with plenty of time to ask questions. Supplies are not included, but a materials list will be shared in advance, should participants wish to follow along at home. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work and ask additional questions at the end of the class.


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.

Interested participants must pre-order their materials by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 2, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, September 17. If you have purchased materials from Hillwood in the past, please consider returning old flower buckets when you collect supplies.

Exact supplies may vary due to caronavirus-related supply chain issues, but expect to see materials similar to those listed below.

Flowers & GreensLuscious floral arrangement featuring white and cream blooms and breathtaking coffee-colored roses

  • 1 bunch tree fern
  • 1 bunch leather leaf fern
  • 10 stems (1 bunch) white stock
  • 7-9 stems brown toffee roses
  • 3 stems white hydrangea
  • 10 stems (1 bunch) white tulips
  • Pampas grass to evoke the texture of elaborate feathers for a touch of whimsy

Other Materials

  • metal urn (6.5 x5")
  • chicken wire to secure stems (8.5" x 21"
  • floral tape

All participants will need floral shears (or sharp scissors) and water. Those who wish to gather flowers on their own may also wish to consider the following alternatives:

  • foxtail, bear grass, palm leaves (trimmed to a slimmer size)
  • pittosporum, seeded eucalyptus, ming fern
  • white snapdragons and white delphinium
  • gold mustard garden rose, cream sahara standard rose
  • white carnations, white mums
  • white lisianthus, white calla lillies
  • feathers


This virtual workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. and is presented live via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to join with video; questions can be submitted via the chat feature. Please note that this workshop will be recorded. Participants are encouraged to join with 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'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, DC.