Blooms & Bubbles Floral Workshops
Bring your friends and join us for a floral design workshop at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. Sip on a glass of champagne while creating a fabulous make-and-take project led by a floral design expert!
All workshop packages include show admission for that day, materials to create a floral project with instruction from a professional florist, a beverage of your choice (selection of alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and the finished product to take home from the Festival.
Workshop spaces are very limited - Book early to secure your spot!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27th: Make A Floral Table Runner with Erin Shackelford
Floral designer Erin Shackelford will lead you step-by-step through the creation of a lush, textured table runner using her favorite design recipes and techniques. The finished project is suitable as a centerpiece and can also be hung from a mantel or a doorway, vertical or horizontal.
You'll use all American-grown and Northwest-grown floral and foliage ingredients and foam-free techniques.
Erin Shackelford is the co-owner of Camas Designs and creates floral arrangements for weddings and special events in the San Juan Islands and greater Seattle area. Partnering with local farmers to capture the beauty of the season, Erin designs with nature, sun, and you as close collaborators. Erin creates designs that embody you, the environment of your event, and the mood you wish to instill within your guests. Erin’s passion is flowers and their ability to convey feelings, emotions, and meanings beyond the realm of words. She has created bouquets for neighbors, friends, and strangers (often anonymously) since she was eight-years-old. After decades in corporate America, Erin’s revelation was her heart is only fulfilled when immersed within the elegance and simplicity of nature. Happiness for Erin is found creating floral designs for others, and whenever possible, sourcing the flowers locally from farmers she calls friends.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST: Hand-Tied Bouquets with Teresa Engbretson and Katie Elliott
Learn from two successful floral artists as they share their methods of designing hand-tied bouquets, suitable for gifting or for displaying in a vase. Using a floral palette of lush foliages, feminine focal flowers and textural accent flowers, mom-and-daughter Teresa Engbretson and Katie Elliot will lead the workshop sharing their favorite tips and techniques for tying a floral bouquet.
You'll use American-grown and Northwest-grown botanical ingredients and finish the bouquet stems with beautiful USA-made ribbon.
Teresa Engbretson and Katie Elliott are the mother-daughter team of My Garden Overfloweth, based in Paterson, Wash. As farmer-florists, they have developed a vibrant and beautiful business centered around growing cut flowers in the same climate in which local grapevines thrive. My Garden Overfloweth is a full-service design studio that doubles as an event and workshop space, as well as a retail farm and flower shop with gorgeous views of the Columbia River.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26th: Foliage Focused Design with Thomasi Boselawa, CFD
Award-winning floral artist Thomasi Boselawa, CFD, brings his mastery to Blooms & Bubbles with an idea-packed workshop that puts foliage as the focal element.
Thomasi will teach you a number of secrets from the pro's, including how to creatively display and arrange foliage as a key element. You will design a centerpiece in a beautiful glass cylinder vase manufactured in the U.S.A. by Syndicate Sales, using all American-grown and Northwest-grown botanical ingredients.
Thomasi Boselawa, CFD, is the creative director and owner of Tiare Floral Design, an award-winning floral design studio in Tacoma. He is passionately committed to providing clients with beautiful floral design of the highest quality that is socially equitable and sustainably grown. Striving to be exemplary stewards of the natural world, Thomasi uses fairly-traded, organic products sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. His floral entries have earned multiple first-place honors at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH: Design A Beautiful Centerpiece with Maura Whalen
Draw inspiration from the garden to create a spring centerpiece with Maura Whalen of Casablanca Floral. Learn design techniques from a floral professional, including selection of flowers and foliage, proper scale and proportion for a centerpiece, and mechanics and placement of each stem as you design a fresh, romantic arrangement to grace your table at home.
You'll arrange in a modern ceramic container and use all American-grown and Northwest-grown floral and foliage ingredients.
Led by Maura Whalen, Casablanca Floral is a boutique floral design studio located in Seattle, Washington. Each event and environment - be it petite or grand - sparkles when a Casablanca arrangement is present. Maura fondly traces her passion for flowers to her Italian grandmother, Flora, (yes, that was actually her name!) in whose garden she used to play. An avid gardener and homemaker, Maura delights in setting an elegant table for friends and family - highlighted, of course, with arrangements from her ever-blooming gardens. She is also a favorite when it comes to generously imparting lessons and demos at garden club meetings when she is not teaching floral design in her own studio or creating a piece for a regular flower subscriber or for an event.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH: Create Botanical Jewelry with Carolyn Kulb
Rings, bracelets, and necklaces, oh my! Wearable flowers are the hottest thing right now, and we’ve moved beyond just flower crowns. Carolyn Kulb of Folk Art Flowers will share her love of making delicate floral rings, cool cuffs, botanical earrings
and necklaces and more! Carolyn will also demonstrate some other DIY techniques and applications to inspire your future botanical jewelry projects. Each student will custom-design one or more beautiful pieces of botanical jewelry using all American-grown and Northwest-grown floral and foliage ingredients.
Carolyn Kulb loves plants so much that she has grown them on three different continents. A former global health expert with an MPH from Emory University, Carolyn has now traded one kind of field work for another. After studying floral design and completing the Tilth Alliance beginning farmer program in 2018, Carolyn founded Folk Art Flowers, a boutique floral design studio and flower farm. Her work is inspired by her travels abroad, love of art, and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, using locally-grown materials to create exquisite arrangements full of texture and life.
Blooms & Bubbles is produced by Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of Slow Flowers LLC. Based in Seattle, Slow Flowers is an inclusive community dedicated to promoting American-grown flowers and connecting consumers with farmers, florists, designers and retailers who provide local, seasonal and sustainable flowers.
Cancellation policy: The purchase of these workshop packages are final, however if something comes up and you cannot make it, you may find a replacement for your seat. Please email Courtney Goetz with your replacement request.