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Floral Design How-To: Celebrate Chrysanthemums

Marjorie Merriweather Post loved chrysanthemums. For more than a half-century, Hillwood has grown more than fifty types of these fall favorites, including spoon, spider and football mums. Learn about the tradition and care of these unusual mums from horticulturalist Drew Asbury, before creating a beautiful arrangement with Ami Wilber, floral and event décor designer. 

This program will cover principles of floral design, a step-by-step guide to create your own arrangement, and ample time to ask questions. It is limited to 60 participants. Supplies are not included, but a materials list will be shared with all registered users prior to the program, should participants wish to follow along at home. 


For an additional fee of $60, participants will receive all necessary materials, including:

  • 5 stems bronze spider mums
  • 5 stems deep red mum
  • 5 stems rust ball mum
  • 5-7 stems gold pom pom mum
  • 1 bunch of greens
  • A pottery container approximately 6" deep, with a 6" diameter opening
  • Chicken wire (to secure stems)

Exact supplies may vary based on availability due to coronavirus-related supply chain issues. Participants will also need water, floral shears, scissors, and tape.

Interested participants must pre-order their materials by 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, October 16.


This virtual workshop is presented live via Zoom. The online "waiting room" opens at 12:30 p.m. and the workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. 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. 

Drew Asbury is Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. He joined Hillwood in 2012 and is responsible for the greenhouses, the cutting garden, and the horticulture volunteer program. Drew has worked professionally in the horticulture industry for nearly twenty years in a variety of positions including garden center sales, greenhouse growing, and landscape management and design. Drew graduated from the Longwood Gardens professional gardener training program in 2006 and is currently working on his Master’s degree in landscape design from George Washington University.

  • Floral arrangement featuring large dusty pink and mauve chrysanthemums
  • Floral arrangement featuring deep orange and dark red chrysanthemums