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Virtual Floral Design How-To | Bountiful Summer Blooms

"Open your mind to every form of beauty."  —Constance Spry

Embrace an aesthetic where nature is the guiding principle. Floral designer Constance Spry embraced forging for natural materials and influenced Hillwood's "wilder" floral arrangements. This floral arrangement will be wild and a little non-traditional. By embracing native plants, materials can be found in your own backyard, supplemented by beautiful blooms from local flower farms.

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. 

For an additional $65 fee, participants will receive all necessary materials, including flowers, greenery and a container. Exact supplies may vary based on availability due to coronavirus-related supply chain issues. Participants will also need water and floral shears or scissors. Materials are limited to twenty.

Interested participants must pre-order their materials by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on July 30.

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. After Ami's demostration ends, participants are invited to stay and share their own arrangements. 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. 

  • Detail of floral arrangement
    Ami Wilber, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens