New Floral Design Classes this fall

Classes are from 10AM until 1:30PM.  Bring your design tool box, a container, pin holder, and your lunch.  Beverages will be provided.

Fall Tuesday classes ($45 for the three)
Session One Oct. 31 Carol Lucia – Review of Units 1-6 in Basic Design plus “Florida Design”
Session Two Nov. 7 Bess Treadwell – Horizontal Designs including the new low profile design.
Session Three Nov. 14 Jan Griffin – Grouped Mass Design – A design with an emphasis on one plant species.

Spring 2017 Floral Design Class Wrap Up

Over 6 weeks in September and October, ladies met at Tampa Garden Club for classes on floral design, Unit 1.  They learned

  • basic tools and mechanics of flower arranging
  • components of a design
  • types of containers
  • basic forms of plant materials
  • an overview of vertical, asymmetrical, and crescent designs

Those completing all classes received a certificate.  Congratulations to Ruth Giordano (Azalea), Alice Prive, Diane Patterson, Beverly Owen, Steffie Hoff, and Linda Cameron (Old Fashioned), Izbel Dobrov (Rose), Ursula Schultz (TNC), Jeanne Manning (New Port Richey GC), Rosemary Nagy (New Port Richey GC), (Old Fashioned), Nancy Schneider & Carolyn Lowry-Nation (Garden Club Out East-Lakewood Ranch),

Congratulations to those who completed the course.

Advanced Floral Design Series 2017

This course was well attended, especially by our own budding floral arrangers and future judges.  We are so proud of the time, effort, and success of these members.  Pictures of the classes on January 17, 24, and 31 will soon be up on the website.  A special thank you to Course Chairman—Kathy Echevarria and her teachers.  The students learned:

  • care, cutting and grooming of plant materials
  • mechanics for different containers
  • elements of design
  • an overview of symmetrical, asymmetrical, and diagonal designs


Creations from Fun With Flowers 

Members and non-members of TGC enjoyed socializing and creating together at the three “Fun With Flowers” classes offered this summer.  All it took is imagination, dried leaves and seeds, and perfect instructors to get stated.  Thanks to  Kathy Echeverria and Casie Holloway!




Pam Slagg, Judy Nero and another creating.

Pam Slagg, Judy Nero and another creating.

Kitty Wallace and Joyce Haley take the Fun With Flowers Class

Kitty Wallace and Joyce Haley take the Fun With Flowers Class

Casie Holloway in the center.

Casie Holloway in the center.



January 18, 2017, Tampa Garden Club hosted District VIII for its Horticulture Extravaganza. Thanks Barb Jacobson (district president), Jan Griffin, Pat Strawn, and Kitty Wallace for organizing this event. Speakers Phil Elting (tillandsias), a representative for Kessler’s Cacti (Haworthia, Gasteria and Aloe), and Julie Lohoefener (Fairy Gardens).  Each speaker had discussed plants for sale.  Thanks to Diane Patterson for organizing the delicious lunch from Inside the Box, lunch. At $15.00/person this was a deal!