Floristry Workshops Have Hidden Benefits

Floristry Workshops Have Hidden Benefits

Sarah Hinds-Friedl

Imagine the lobby of a hospital. White walls, white linoleum flooring, black entrance mat. Bright fluorescent bulbs line the ceilings of long, branching hallways. Across from the reception desk, a waiting area is furnished with metal bench seating arranged around a black, plastic coffee table. Hanging racks hold magazines and colorful health pamphlets. The news is being silently broadcast from flatscreen TVs hung on the walls.

 

Everything is sterile, hard, and cold.

 

Now, imagine that when you walk into that same lobby, your eyes are automatically attracted to a large floral arrangement in a clear glass vase sitting proudly on the reception desk. Lightly pink peonies and white lilies are interspersed with green hydrangea, creating a lush, full design that cascades over the sides of the round bowl. Approaching the desk, the scent of the freshly-cut, sweet flowers replaces the harsh smell of disinfectant, and you are tempted to touch the soft petals.

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Perhaps, as a patient, you feel more comfortable walking up to the reception desk. Perhaps the receptionist behind the counter has a little more energy and a brighter smile when welcoming clients. Perhaps everyone in the room can breathe a little easier.

 

If you’re a little skeptical of the difference a simple pot of flowers can make in a setting like a hospital, prepare to be surprised. The benefits of floristry are quickly becoming lauded by healthcare professionals and many hobbyists are turning to the activity as a way to improve physical and mental health. To be sure, floristry has always had a special place in Western society, and the best place for a budding florist to start is with the trade’s rich history.

 

So, just how far back does this go?

 

Human civilization has seemingly always been fascinated by flowers. The history of floral design (1) tells us that Ancient Egyptians decorated their architectural masterpieces with floral designs, while Olympians and Greek warriors were rewarded intricate floral wreaths for victory. We can also thank these societies for the innovation of perfume made from the essence of flowers.

 

The importance of floristry is closely tied to the development of European art, as well. Throughout European aristocracy, nobles and ladies were often painted holding flowers or lounging next to grand flower arrangements. According to historians (2), botanical imagery contained important societal significance as early as the fifteen century, and art dedicated solely to floral design has continued to be popular with artists as renown and worshipped as Van Gogh and Monet. 

 

So, it’s no surprise that, today, floristry plays an important role in Western society. A wide array of events, from funerals to graduations to courageous acts of love, require the keen and creative eye of a seasoned florist. Even the First Lady of the United States has a close professional relationship with the White House Chief Floral Designer.

 

Why pursue floristry as a hobby?

 

Cultural significance aside, floristry is a fun and beneficial hobby, with some very interesting effects on our overall wellbeing.

 

Consider again the hospital lobby described above. Can we really believe that floristry can positively impact a medical setting? According to scientific evidence coming out of Kansas State University, the answer is a strong yes. Based on a 2008 study (3) of patients undergoing abdominal surgery, researchers discovered that patients exposed to flowering plants and floral arrangements not only reported feeling less anxious, but were recorded to have lower blood pressure and heart rate on the day of surgery and subsequent days of recovery. Similar studies have found higher pain tolerance for patients exposed to floral arrangements.

 

Given the intensity of surgery, the significance of these findings cannot be understated. For, if bouquets of flowers can help us during our most stressful moments, what can they do for us as a part of our daily lives?

 

Well, the journal Evolutionary Psychology (4) reveals that flowers have both immediate and long-term effects on our mood, increasing happiness and invoking intimacy. Interestingly, men and women both benefit from the presence of floral arrangements, despite social preconceptions of flowers as inherently feminine. 

 

Are there any other perks?

 

Excitingly, floristry has a few other hidden benefits as well. As a creative outlet, floral design requires its students to hone in on specific visual arts skills which could improve cognitive processing and memory. For instance, a study (5) from Georgia Southern University revealed by “engaging in a highly creative act, individuals may be able to process information on a deeper level, then generalize to another task”.

 

In addition to improved brain functioning, floristry offers benefits such as creative expression, enhanced focus on detail, and problem solving. 

 

What exactly does a floristry class entail?

 

If you’re excited about improving your mental health by learning more about floristry in Sydney, a beginner’s class is a great place to start. Even at a novice level, there are plenty of options to choose from: you can start with a class on home flower arrangements, floristry for special events, or even floral design for very special events, like weddings. Ikebana flower class at Yugaflora in Glebe and the flower arranging workshop with Laura Jade are great places to start your workshop search. They offer a range of pricing and class length, and even provide all flowers and materials to get you started!

 

Depending on the workshop you attend, a typical introductory class will cover basics, such as vase selection, seasonal pairings, and simple terrarium designs. Most classes are between two and four hours, so be prepared to spend an entire lovely morning surrounded by your favorite flora and fauna. Better yet, invite your friends for an enjoyable social engagement!

 

That’s the gist, now find out for yourself!

 

With floristry, the sky is the limit. By simply engaging in the field as a hobby, you can be sure to have access to a creative outlet that is available virtually anywhere in Australia or even the world! You may even start to feel the benefits on your wellbeing after your first workshop.

 

Or, if your first workshop completely sweeps you off your feet, consider pursuing a certification in the field. What better way to achieve personal fulfillment than to make your floristry hobby into a career!

 

References:

 

(1) Flowersacrossmelbourne.com.au

(2) metmuseum.org

(3) greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org

(4) aboutflowers.com

(5) digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu




Floristry workshops

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Glebe

1 to 15

label $80

4.9 (126)

1k

Flower Arranging Workshop - Wildflowers

date_range Sun 10 Nov at 10am

location_on Redfern

1 to 8

label $150

5.0 (19)

1k

Christmas Wreath Making Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Redfern

1 to 30

label $145

5.0 (3)

1k

Basket / Bouquet Flower Arranging Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Glebe

1 to 25

label $125

4.8 (19)

1k

Private Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Roseville

8 to 40

label $55 - $70

12k

4.7 (3)

Ikebana Floral Art Class

date_range Contact for details

location_on Ulladulla

4 to 6

label $75

Australian Flowers Arranging Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Manly

3 to 12

label $100 - $110

5.0 (2)

Flower Crown Workshop on the Beach

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Manly

3 to 30

label $70 - $75

4.8 (4)

Flower Gift Bouquet Workshop

date_range Thu 12 Dec at 7pm

location_on Roseville

1 to 15

label $140

12k

5.0 (1)

Wreath Making Workshop

date_range 06 Dec, 13 Dec

location_on Glebe

1 to 15

label $110

1k

Succulent Petite Posy Arrangement Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edgecliff

6 to 50

label $59

Succulent + Flower Bouquet Arrangement

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edgecliff

1 to 15

label $129

Christmas Table Flower Centrepiece Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

3 to 30

label $85 - $95

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop (Mobile)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

3 to 30

label $85 - $95

5.0 (1)

Romantic Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Kirribilli

1 to 20

label $90 - $125

4.7 (11)

Ikenobo Ikebana Flower Arranging Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Chatswood

3 to 6

label $75

Wedding Flower Bouquet Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Kirribilli

1 to 10

label $138

4.8 (6)

Ikebana Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brisbane

4 to 10

label $75

3k

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Holland Park West

2 to 6

label $60 - $75

4.0 (1)

Flower Crown Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brisbane

4 to 10

label $60

3k

Flower Arranging Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brisbane

4 to 10

label $90

3k

Ikebana Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park

4 to 10

label $75

3k

Flower Crown Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park

4 to 10

label $60

3k

Flower Arranging Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park

4 to 10

label $90

3k

Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

8 to 30

label $60 - $70

5.0 (1)

Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 50

label $35 - $50

Beginner's Bouquet Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 30

label $95 - $100

Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

6 to 30

label $49 - $59

2k

Flower Crown Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

4 to 10

label $60

3k

Flower Arranging Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

4 to 10

label $90

3k

Floristry Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

4 to 10

label $90

3k

Flower Centrepiece Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Kirribilli

1 to 8

label $155

5.0 (1)

Private Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

1 to 30

label $65 - $380

1k

Private Flower Bouquet Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

1 to 15

label $165 - $660

1k

Flower Bouquet Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mornington

1 to 15

label $245

1k

Flower Arranging Workshop - English Garden

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Redfern

4 to 12

label $150

5.0 (11)

1k

Romance of the Rose Flower Arranging Workshop

date_range 28 Sep, 26 Oct

location_on Paddington

1 to 30

label $365 - $385

4k

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 90

label $35 - $45

5.0 (3)

Native Flower Arranging Class

date_range 11 Oct, 19 Oct

location_on Bardon

8 to 20

label $98

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Flower Bouquet Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bardon

1 to 30

label $125

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Floral Design Basics Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bardon

8 to 12

label $445

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Flower Crown Making Workshop

date_range Sat 7 Mar at 9:30am

location_on Bardon

1 to 30

label $98

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Modern Flower Arranging Workshop

date_range Thu 21 Nov at 10:30am

location_on Bardon

1 to 15

label $125

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Hens Flower Crown Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bardon

8 to 25

label $89

4.9 (87+)

3k+

DIY Wedding Bouquet Floral Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bardon

1 to 30

label $135

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Make a Floral Boutonniere and Corsage Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bardon

8 to 30

label $125

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Flower Crown Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra

4 to 10

label $60

3k

Everlasting Dried Flower Arrangement Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 25

label $65

2k

Flower Crowns and Cocktail Making Class (Mobile)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

15 to 40

label $89 - $110

8k

Flower Crowns and Cocktail Making Class - Brisbane

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

15 to 40

label $89 - $110

8k

Flower Crowns and Cocktail Class - Gold Coast

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

15 to 40

label $89 - $110

8k

Garden Posies Flower Arranging Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bardon

1 to 30

label $98

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Flower Vase Arrangement Workshop

date_range Thu 5 Dec at 7pm

location_on Roseville

1 to 15

label $155

12k

Bridal Party Floristry Short Course

date_range Sat 23 Nov at 10am

location_on Roseville

1 to 6

label $495

12k

Two Day Intensive Floristry Course

date_range Sat 5 Oct at 10am

location_on Roseville

1 to 6

label $775

12k

Creative Flower Arranging Team Building Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Roseville

8 to 100

label $50 - $75

12k

Floristry Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra

4 to 10

label $90

3k

Flower Arranging Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra

4 to 10

label $90

3k

Floral Vintage Teacup Workshop

date_range Sat 5 Oct at 9:30am

location_on Stafford

10 to 20

label $49

10k+

6k

Make a Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Stafford

5 to 20

label $75

6k

10k+

Native Bouquet Workshop

date_range 26 Oct, 23 Nov

location_on Stafford

1 to 20

label $70

6k

10k+

Create and Sip Class - Floral Crowns

date_range Sat 5 Oct at 3pm

location_on Seventeen Mile Rocks

12 to 30

label $45

5.0 (5)

5.0 (17+)

Floral Table Centrepiece Workshop

date_range 02 Nov, 22 Feb

location_on Bardon

1 to 30

label $145

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Make a Christmas Wreath Door Hanging Workshop

date_range 30 Nov

location_on Bardon

1 to 30

label $140

4.9 (87+)

3k+

Christmas Floral Table Arrangement Workshop

date_range Sun 22 Dec at 9am

location_on Stafford

1 to 10

label $140

6k

10k+

Christmas Dried Wreath Workshop

date_range Sat 30 Nov at 9:30am

location_on Stafford

1 to 10

label $110

6k

10k+

Native Bush Bouquet Christmas Workshop

date_range Sat 7 Dec at 9:30am

location_on Stafford

1 to 20

label $110

6k

10k+

Christmas Hat Box Arrangement Workshop

date_range 23 Nov, 18 Dec

location_on Stafford

1 to 20

label $95

6k

10k+

Pickle Jar Posy Workshop

date_range Sat 12 Oct at 9:30am

location_on Stafford

5 to 20

label $70

10k+

6k

Hens Party Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Stafford

10 to 35

label $70 - $75

6k

10k+

Make Your Own Flowers and Design Coffee Mug

date_range 27 Oct, 02 Nov

location_on Kirribilli

1 to 12

label $199

Christmas Wreath Making - Belrose

date_range Wed 4 Dec at 11am

location_on Belrose

1 to 20

label $25

Christmas Wreath Making - the Hills

date_range Thu 12 Dec at 11am

location_on Castle Hill

1 to 20

label $25

Mobile Australian Flower Arranging Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

6 to 12

label $100

5.0 (1)

Mobile DIY Christmas Wreath Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

6 to 30

label $85

Introduction to Floristry Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Virginia

1

label $1,175

1k

1k+

Christmas Door Wreath Workshop

date_range 12 Dec, 14 Dec

location_on Virginia

1 to 25

label $105

1k

1k+

Christmas Table Wreath Arrangement Workshop

date_range 19 Dec, 21 Dec

location_on Virginia

1 to 25

label $85

1k

1k+

Flower Crown Workshop

date_range 31 Oct, 05 Nov

location_on Virginia

1 to 25

label $125

1k

1k+

Dried Christmas Wreath Workshop

date_range Sat 23 Nov at 3pm

location_on Jindalee

1 to 20

label $39 - $79

2k

5.0 (13+)

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

date_range Sat 9 Nov at 5:30pm

location_on Cammeray

1 to 30

label $95

1k

Make a Corsage Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on O'Connor

20 to 60

label $65

2k

Posy Arrangement Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Wentworth Point

1 to 10

label $75

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

8 to 30

label $100 - $110

DIY Flower Crown Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Jindalee

1 to 20

label $50

2k

5.0 (13+)

Christmas Flower Wreath Making Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on North Sydney

1 to 20

label $95


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