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Floral Design How-To | Enduring Spring

The Porcelain Flowers of Vladimir Kanevsky bring spring joy year round in the arrangement displayed in Hillwood’s breakfast room. Create an arrangement that celebrates this spring bounty, including tulips, hyacinths, hydrangeas, and flowering branches. 

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 is included below,  


  • Flowers
    • Blooming branch, such as Cherry (1-2 branches)
    • Hyacinth (5 stems, purple)
    • Phlox (5 stems, white)
    • Clematis (3-5 stems, lavender)
    • Tulips (10 stems, peachy-orange)
  • Greenery
    • Pittosporum (1 bunch)
  • Container
    • Ceramic compote bowl, 5" tall and 6" in diameter
    • Chicken wire to secure stems in the container

Please note that substitutions may be made due to coronavirus-related supply chain issues.

If you cannot find the exact flowers or the same colors, that's okay! You can use daffodils, helebores, forsythia or quince. Hydrangea and liseanthus would make nice substitions as well. When selecting flower substitutions, think about texture and size. This list represents a limited color palate, but you can add more color if desired.

A limited number of materials for the workshop have been sold out. Participants must collect their ordered materials from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on April 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. 

  • Tulips at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvalsvik