Ukranian woman wearing a Vinok Painting

So excit­ed to announce our line­up for in-per­son flower arrang­ing class­es at our Los Ange­les South Bay Tor­rance Flo­ral Design Studio.

We are still “trav­el­ing” around the world. We start in Ukraine. This class is spe­cial. Bring a friend. Make two “Vinoks” which is the word for a tra­di­tion­al flo­ral crown in Ukraine. Pro­ceeds from our Ukraine class will go to “Direct Relief” based in San­ta Bar­bara, our favorite 4‑start Char­i­ty Nav­i­ga­tor rat­ed non-prof­it. Through Char­i­ty Nav­i­ga­tor, we can choose the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of our funds and find out how much of our dona­tion goes to the actu­al peo­ple in need.

2023 Flower Arranging Classes at Flower Duet

January 21, 2023 — Ukraine Floral Design

We are still trav­el­ing the world in flow­ers in 2023 and to kick off this new year, we’ll be design­ing flow­ers to hon­or the cit­i­zens of Ukraine. We’ll be mak­ing a flo­ral tra­di­tion­al hair wreaths or flo­ral crowns known as Vinoks. Accord­ing to an arti­cle in Vogue, the flo­ral crown/wreath is not just an acces­so­ry in Ukraine, “The mean­ing of the wreaths traces back to Ukraine’s ear­ly his­to­ry, when they were asso­ci­at­ed with vir­gin­i­ty, mar­riage, and wom­an­hood, and have con­tin­ued to be, up until the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry.” Flower Duet will make a dona­tion to help the Ukrain­ian peo­ple through the San­ta Bar­bara based char­i­ty, Direct Relief from the pro­ceeds of this class.

February 25, 2023 — Italian Lilies

Italy favors lilies as tra­di­tion­al flow­ers. In this class, we’ll be com­bin­ing these love­ly blooms with oth­er pre­mi­um flow­ers like ros­es. The Lily is one of the most famous tra­di­tion­al Ital­ian flow­ers. It’s com­mon­ly used as dec­o­ra­tions for var­i­ous cel­e­bra­tions, and Ital­ians also gift it to loved ones as a token of appre­ci­a­tion. Lilies sym­bol­ize what the Ital­ians are most pas­sion­ate about includ­ing love, moral val­ues and family.

March 18, 2023 — Turk­ish Tulips Class

Did you know that tulips are orig­i­nal­ly from Turkey? We’ll be design­ing with this love­ly spring bulb flow­ers along with oth­er pre­mi­um flo­rals for a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. We’ll also learn a bit about Turkey and its flo­ral history!

April 15, 2023 — Israel Anemones Class

The nation­al flower of Israel is the Anemone coro­nar­ia. We love anemones for their navy blue cen­ters which offers a great option for clients when they want a hint of blue in a flo­ral design. Ever-pop­u­lar in wed­dings, this design class will focus on what the best flow­ers are to mix with Anemones in a bou­quet so you can “see” these fab­u­lous and pre­mi­um flow­ers. This class is an eco-friend­ly “vase” design with no flo­ral foam.

May 13, 2023 — American Mother’s Day with Dried Flowers + Fresh Florals

Cel­e­brate Mom in this spe­cial class where you’ll learn how to suc­cess­ful­ly com­bine pre­served and dried flo­rals in a fab­u­lous design. 

June 17, 2023 — English Garden Peonies Class

Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and West­ern North Amer­i­ca. Peonies were native to Europe and used for med­i­c­i­nal pur­pos­es in the 13th Cen­tu­ry and intro­duced to Eng­land before 1600. In this vase flo­ral design class, stu­dents will learn the tricks of help­ing Peonies to open safe­ly and how to com­bine them with oth­er flow­ers. No flo­ral foam will be used. Stu­dents will also learn how to use a Ken­zen (pin frog) as a addi­tion­al demon­stra­tion por­tion of this class. 

July 15, 2023 — Jost Van Dyke Tropical Design Class

Jost Van Dyke isn’t only famous for it’s beach­front “Sog­gy Dol­lar Bar” and Painkiller cock­tails. It is also home to some love­ly trop­i­cal botan­i­cal gar­dens. We take a lit­tle trop­i­cal break in sum­mer to design with flow­ers like gin­ger, heli­co­nia, orchids and palm fronds.

August 19, 2023 — Belgian Flower “Carpet” Design Class

Every oth­er August (the next one will be made in 2024, so you have a year to plan your trip to Europe), the love­ly peo­ple of Bel­gium cre­ate a car­pet of flow­ers in its famous square of Brus­sels. Kit trav­eled many times to Bel­gium but nev­er got to see this fab­u­lous dis­play. In this class we’ll make mini car­pets of flowers!

September 16, 2023 — India Marigolds + Fall Design Class

We love marigolds! Our dad plant­ed oodles of them every sum­mer in our gar­den at home when we were young chil­dren. The scent of marigolds always trans­ports us back to child­hood! In Indi­an cul­ture, marigolds are known as the “herbs of the Sun” and thus sym­bol­ize cre­ativ­i­ty, pas­sion, bright­ness, pos­i­tiv­i­ty and hap­pi­ness bestowed on the new­ly­wed. In this class, we’ll com­bine love­ly bright marigolds with oth­er deeply toned flow­ers in this fun and fes­tive last trib­ute to summer!

October 14, 2023 — Peruvian Succulent Pumpkins

We show you the secret and we have some one-of-a-kind suc­cu­lents to add, too. We’ve been teach­ing this class for over a decade and it’s one of the most pop­u­lar around. Sign up while you can! This one always sells out. Did you know that squash is native to the Amer­i­c­as? Yep! So we don’t have to “trav­el” far for this class. Includes all the supplies…pumpkin and succulents!

November 18, 2023 — New Zealand Cymbidium Orchids

The cym­bid­i­um orchid is New Zealand’s largest export cut flower and the qual­i­ty is world renowned. Cym­bid­i­ums last weeks in a vase and we’ll be show­ing mul­ti­ple ways to design with them from full stems, to indi­vid­ual blooms.

December 2, 2023 — Swiss Holiday Advent Wreath

Swiss peo­ple count the days towards 24 Decem­ber and the big cel­e­bra­tion is the Adventskranz or Advent wreath which is usu­al­ly a dec­o­rat­ed cir­cu­lar wreath made of fir branch­es with four large can­dles fas­tened on it. We’ll use a wet flo­ral foam wreath form with ever­greens, berries, fresh flow­ers and candles.

All class­es need to be reserved in advance. If you book 3 or more at a time, you’ll receive our bulk discount!