The Flower Freelance Intensive

at daphne hill

April 13 - April 19, 2019

The Maryland/DC/Virginia area is home to talented, creative and busy Event Florists. From the top of the Hay Adams to the vineyards of Northern Virginia, to private residences on the Eastern Shore, we flower it all. And we need HELP.

8-day course for Aspiring & experienced freelancers and floral design team members

 This rigorous course will cover everything, from creating floral pieces with emphasis on speed and precision, to handling on-site crises with unflappable composure. Lessons are taught by top florists in the DC, MD, VA area who will give fresh perspectives and feedback to even the most seasoned designer. Students spend a day working a wedding with an established local florist. Workshop features a panel discussion with area floral experts. The Meet-and-Greet on our final day will give students the unprecedented opportunity to connect with leading area florists seeking to fill positions for the upcoming season.

This workshop is intended to equip students with the necessary skills to lead a team of designers through the entire floral event process, from flower processing to late night take down.  

This class is appropriate for those with and without experience. Please bring a strong work ethic, the ability to be physically active for long periods of time and a love of flowers.

Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.  

If you are a floral business owner and have someone who you would like to refer, please email


We will cover:

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  • Prepping for flowers: processing, flower care, vessel prep, studio prep

  • Foraging

  • In-depth/hands-on design lessons covering centerpieces, focal pieces, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, flower crowns and elevated arrangements with personal feedback

  • On-site installations (arches, floral chandelier)

  • Garland making

  • Simulated crises that could arise on wedding day

  • Q&A sessions with local experts focusing on "what makes a good freelancer"

  • Building your Instagram portfolio, photographing your own work

  • Packing and loading

  • Wedding Day Etiquette

  • Commitment to working one May 2019 wedding with course instructor

Upon completion of this course you will earn your Flower Freelance Certification meaning you should have the skills and connections needed work in the wedding flower industry immediately.


Saturday, April 13 - Friday, April 19 9:30am-4:00pm
At Daphne Hill in Laytonsville, MD.
A lite breakfast and lunch will be provided each day


A $300 deposit is due with your application. If accepted into the program, the deposit will go toward your full payment. Deposit is refunded if class is full. Payment plans are available. For payment plan details, click here.


  Sue Prutting (co-host)   White Magnolia Designs

Sue Prutting (co-host)
White Magnolia Designs

  Sophie Felts (co-host)   Sophie Felts Floral Design

Sophie Felts (co-host)
Sophie Felts Floral Design

  Amy Balsters   Amy Nicole Floral

Amy Balsters
Amy Nicole Floral

  Mary Ellen LaFreniere   Steel Cut Flower Co.

Mary Ellen LaFreniere
Steel Cut Flower Co.

  Erica Gamble (course administrator)   Sophie Felts Floral Design

Erica Gamble (course administrator)
Sophie Felts Floral Design

  Lauren & Rachel   Sweet Root Village

Lauren & Rachel
Sweet Root Village


  Sidra Forman   Sidra Forman

Sidra Forman
Sidra Forman

  Holly Chapple   Holly Heider Chapple
  Uche Ojunta   Designs by Oochay

Event Floral Business OwnerS

The Meet-and-Greet on April 19th is free for Event Floral Business Owners.
Come to meet potential freelancers and team members for the upcoming wedding season and beyond!




photography on this page by Jen S. Photography and Becca Brendler