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Virtual Floral Design How-To | Abundant Roses

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Roses evoke delightful memories with their lovely scent and delicate petals. This virtual workshop features the rose, supported by a cast of other beautiful blooms.

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 will be shared in advance, should participants wish to follow along at home. 


Those who wish to follow along at home should gather materials similar to those listed below. Please note that due to coronavirus related supply chain issues materials may vary. The limited number of materials available for pre-order form Hillwood have been sold out. Those materials must be collected from Hillwood between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, June 18.


  • Flowers & Greens
    • 9 stems roses, lavender ascot ​
    • 9 stems roses, cream Sahara​
    • 2 bunches mint​
    • 5 stems verbena bonariensis​
    • 1 bunch (10 stems) sweet peas, lavender​
    • 1 bunch fancy leather leaf fern​
  • Other Supplies
    • chicken wire, approximately 12" x 6"​, to secure stems
    • floral tape​
    • 6"x5" glass compote container​
    • floral sheers
    • water
  • Suggested Flower Substitutions 
    • roses – carnations or lisianthus​
    • mint – sage, basil, mountain mint​
    • verbena bonariensis – statice, lavender, limonium​
    • sweet peas – freesia, astrantia, gomphrena​
    • fancy leather leaf fern – regular leather leaf, any type of fern​


This virtual workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. and is presented live via Zoom. 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. 

  • Floral arrangement featuring roses
    Ami Wilber, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens