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This hands-on course will provide you with the fundamental tools and techniques to create a range of sympathy arrangements. Your expert tutors will guide you through everything and provide feedback as you go too.

  • Learn with world-leading experts through demonstrations and video lectures

  • Complete practical exercises and share these with your tutor and classmates for feedback

  • Complete your learning at your own pace, at any time, and anywhere

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

  • 2

    Sympathy Baskets

    • Introduction

    • Sympathy Baskets Overview

    • Sympathy Basket Basics

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    • Sympathy Basket Green Up

    • Sympathy Basket Additional Foliage

    • Floral Insertion

    • Fireside Baskets

    • Upscale Designs

    • Sympathy Basket Quiz

  • 3

    Standing Sprays

    • Introduction

    • Covering Your Mechanics

    • Mechanics Tips

    • Basic Design Demo

    • Standing Spray Traditional Green up

    • Sympathy Standing Spray

    • Upscale Standing Spray

    • Upscale Design - How to

    • Standing Spray Quiz

  • 4

    Sympathy plants for today

    • Introduction

    • Sympathy Plants Overview

    • Dish Garden

    • Succulent Dish Gardens

    • Succulent Tray

    • European Plant Basket

    • Sympathy Plants Quiz

  • 5

    Summary

    • End of course project

    • Summary

  • 6

    Reference materials

    • Introduction

    • Types of Flowers and Longevity

    • Line Diagrams

    • Geometric Forms

    • Flower Identification Chart

    • Flower Identification List

    • Foliage Identification Chart

    • Wiring and Taping Charts

    • Ribbon Size Chart

Instructors

Sharon McGukin, AIFD, AAF, CFD, PFCI

Floral Design Instructor

Sharon McGukin inspires others to ‘celebrate life with flowers’. She began her career as a small town florist with floral adventures leading her around the world. She has presented flower demonstrations across the US, Canada, and Europe. From decorating floats at the Rose Bowl Parade to designing flowers in the White House, this floral fashionista has lots of flower stories to share.

Jackie Lacey, AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI

Director of Education, Lead Instructor

Jackie Lacey has over thirty-five years of experience in the retail floral market and floral education field. His portfolio includes an extensive background in the retail floral market and wedding/event design experience. Most recently he has been the lead consultant and director to provide distinctive event/wedding planning and décor for a Chicago Event Company and currently an advisor and Education Specialist for Floriology Institute, Fitz Design, Fiorology Mexico and Industry leader in market trends, current design trends, industry education and retail marketing.

Learner reviews

5 star rating

Great sympathy flower designs!

Theresa Bushnell

Good information and demos of the types of arrangements. Good visuals, clear concise, easy to understand and follow.

Good information and demos of the types of arrangements. Good visuals, clear concise, easy to understand and follow.

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5 star rating

The class was awesome

Pearlie Heyward

I found great techniques to use in my shop.

I found great techniques to use in my shop.

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