Bloom with a Flower Arranging Course!

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Bloom with a Flower Arranging Course!

There was a time, not so long ago, when flower arranging was considered a vital part of any woman’s education. Times have moved on, of course, but flower arranging is still a well-respected skill, that can make serious money. Taking a course can be a great way to get to learn a fantastic and ancient craft.

What is flower arranging?

The simplest way to explain flower arranging (if the name wasn’t obviously enough) is that it is the art of displaying flowers to make them as beautiful as possible. It is however, more complex than that, are you will need to deal with a number of different plants, all of which have very different needs, lifespans and requirements.

It is an important part of floristry, and flower arrangement has also played a role in religious celebrations for centuries. Weddings, christenings, services and Christmas celebrations all have specific requirements, that a good flower arranger needs to learn (and master) in order to produce amazing flowers worthy of the celebration.

Furthermore, flower arrangement can play a big role in birthdays and proposals, as they are a universally recognised symbol of love.

What will I learn on a Flower Arranging Course?

There is a surprising amount to learn on a flower arranging course. There is much more to the art than combining daffodils and petunias with roses. On a course, you will also learn how to:

  • Arrange fresh flowers, and how to keep them alive for as long as possible
  • How to work with synthetic silk flowers and make them appear as realistic as possible.
  • How to use dried flowers to create stunning displays
  • Techniques, tips and tricks for basic flower arrangements. This also includes learning how to select the right flowers, and the best ways to prolong their lifespan once they have been cut
  • Colour schemes, and what flowers to use where. This is very useful when creating centrepieces and table arrangements.
  • Wedding flowers, and how to decorate brides, churches and receptions
  • How to treat flowers, and get them ready for arranging
  • How to keep flowers still! This sounds like it should be obvious, but anyone who has ever tried to arrange flowers will know it is not as easy as it seems.
  • Which containers to use, and how to prepare a vase for a display.

It is worth noting that difference courses may require you to provide different materials, including the flowers themselves, and other important items, such as Oasis. Make sure that you have read all the relevant information before applying for a course so that you can bring the necessary materials with you to your first class.

What can I do when I finish?

If you want to cash in on your new-found flower arrangement skills, then consider a job in the wedding business. This is by far the most lucrative career you can achieve as an arranger, as wedding flower bills can run into the thousands.

If you just want to express your artistic side, in a beautiful and unusual way, then a flower arrangement course is also ideal for you.

If you would like to work as a florist, a course in flower arrangement can help you to create stunning displays to help bring customers in from outside.

It doesn’t matter why you want to take a course, because we have plenty of open spaces on courses all across Ireland. Find the best one for you, from our range of easy, flexible options, and go and do something amazing right now.

Jessica Hetley

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  1. Lorraine Rainsford 09/04/2019 at 17:13

    Hi jessica,

    I would love info on a flower arranging course near me. I live in limerick city.


    1. Gemma Creagh 15/04/2019 at 12:29

      Hello Lorraine,

      So they don’t have it on our site, but I know the Limerick College of Further Education do run a 10-week one (usually on Thursdays) for about 80 Euros or so (with a slight extra cost for the flowers). It would be worth your while contacting them and checking when the next course’s dates are:


  2. Trisha 19/04/2019 at 17:30

    Hi I’m in Offaly and am looking for a floristry course near me even night classes Athlone Ballinasloe Tullamore Birr I’m central thanks

    1. Gemma Creagh 26/08/2019 at 09:42

      Hello Trisha,

      I’m afraid I couldn’t find anything near you – the closest I spotted is this:

      Sometimes, smaller, local training centres mightn’t put their courses online, so now’s the perfect time to check in with them. Plus, there are often courses starting in September.

      All the best!

  3. Cathy 03/10/2022 at 18:00

    Hi ,
    Is there anything in the Westmeath/Meath area ✨

  4. Martin O'Sullivan 17/04/2024 at 04:26

    Hi, can you please tell me of any floristery courses in the Mayo area or Galway. Part-time or full – times, day or evenings



  5. Martin O'Sullivan 18/04/2024 at 22:47

    I am interested in Florish courses in Connaught

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