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Virtual Floral Design How-To | 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 DC region.   

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.


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 but expect to see the following flowers and foliage:

  • 5-10 stems gomphrena
  • 5-10 stems celosia
  • 5-10 stems zinnias
  • 5-10 stems marigolds
  • 3-5 stems limelight hydrangea
  • 10 stems sea oats
  • 1 big bunch of basil

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 August 5, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on August 13.

For those who wish to gather materials on their own, consider the following alternatives to the flowers and foliage listed above:

  • small round blooms or pods (any)
  • substitute carnations for brain celosia
  • substitute stock for plumed celosia
  • mums or gerber daisies
  • roses or dahlias
  • any variety of hydrangea
  • millet, pinnesetum, lavender
  • any leafy herb



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. 

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.