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(Workshop) Autumn Floral Centerpiece

Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

$135.00 – $155.00

18 Sept 2022 update: This workshop is SOLD OUT.  To be put on the waitlist, email alice@ruthbancroftgarden.org


Be inspired by the bounty autumn offers and bring it indoors this season with beautiful blooms. Join us for a hands-on workshop to create your own seasonal centerpiece!  Led by owner of Violet & Aster Floral Design, Melissa Crawford, learn to play with colors and textures while arranging using the season’s most beautiful blooms and foliage – both fresh and dried.

During this in-person workshop, you’ll learn what goes into making a show-stopping Fall floral centerpiece including instructions on flower selections, basic design elements, vessel mechanics, flower manipulation, processing, caring for your blooms and maximizing vase life. A wide variety blooms, foliage and branches, many sourced from local flower farms, will be available to choose from, allowing full creative freedom when designing your centerpiece. Whether you’re a floral novice, or looking to hone your design skills, this class is sure to provide all levels valuable information that can be applied to at-home arranging.

Registration fee includes demo/instruction, centerpiece vessel, flowers, mechanic essentials & take-away instructions to recreate a beautiful floral centerpiece at home.  Light refreshments, bites and wine/non-alcoholic drinks are also included.

Floral sheers/clippers will be provided but students may bring their own.

Melissa Crawford is the owner and lead designer for Violet & Aster Floral Design based in the bay area. During her childhood, she spent many hours in the gardens of her great-grandma and grandfather, which cultivated her passion and love for flowers.  After a career as a hospitality publicist, she turned her dream into a reality and launched Violet & Aster Floral Design.  Melissa ‘flowered’ under some of the most renowned floral designers in the world including Max Gill, Gabriela Salazar, and Lucy Hunter. Whenever possible, Melissa is committed to supporting and sourcing sustainable and locally grown flowers.

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Photos by Lucy Hester.


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Thursday, October 6, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$135.00 – $155.00
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden
(925) 944-9352
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Cancellations up to 1-week prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 1-week prior to a class are non-refundable. The Ruth Bancroft Garden does not issue credits for future classes.