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We are beginning to see the tulips pop up around my house right now. This flower was always a favorite of my students, but it sometimes was difficult to work with. I have compiled some resources you can use as you begin to talk about tulips and use tulips in arrangements in your classes.

Here is a great novelty arrangement that I am sure your student would love. You can find instructions on how to complete this arrangement using tulips and wire at

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Also Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston, MA has a "cookbook" that can help you design tulip arrangements. The cookbooks sell for $12.50 (which is a great price for a floral design book) and there are tons of different ones for different types of arrangements. Here is the link:

Steve Rittner of Rittners School of Floral Design has offered to even email one of these tulip lessons FREE to any of the NAAE teachers who contact him within a week of your blog about tulips appearing. That would be by Thursday, April 15th. His email is Thanks Steve for your support of the ag teachers!

Here are some additional tulip resources:

Here is a great website that talks about Tulips as a cut flower

Twisted Tulip Arrangement (uses 3 tulips)

Happy Spring!!

Also, please feel free to share with us what type of arrangements you design with your students using tulips.

In just two short weeks, Easter will be here!  This time of year we have daffodils blooming outside and the smell of spring time creeping into our classrooms.  This is usually when we all get the itch to get outside.  Well don't forget that this time of year is also a great time to do some fun spring time arrangements with your floral design class.  I have compiled a few websites with some neat ideas that you may be able to use in your classrooms.  One that I found to be extra super cute only uses one carnation.  Check it out at   This arrangment will be a hit with your students. 

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Here are some other really fun arrangment ideas that you can use in your class:

Easter Fun Centerpiece Arrangement Video How-To


Easter Egg Floral Arrangement How-To


Easter Egg Topiary How-To


Easter Egg Wreath How-To


Egg Jar with Bunny How-To



Have fun and Happy Spring!


If you do something neat in your floral design neat with Easter or Spring arrangments, please share by commenting to this blog post.  It would be neat to get a great list of spring time arrangements compiled.



St. Patrick's Day is a fun holiday that you can really do some neat things in your Floral Design class.  I use this holiday as a time to talk about color and how to change the color of flowers.  I usually do a bud vase where we tint white carnations with green Just For Flowers spray.  Add a bow with shamrocks and a pick with Happy St. Patrick's Day and it turns out to be one of my students favorite arrangement.  We also add another mechanic and we blow up mylar St. Patty balloons and my students tie them onto the arrangement (see the attached pic for the balloon arrangement).   Check out to find see spraying techniques and more about Just For Flowers spray.


You could also dye some white carnations green using food coloring.  He is a real simple YouTube video about using food coloring to change the color of flowers:




Please share what type of arrangements you do for St. Patty's Day or activities for color changing mechanics.  Please attached pictures if you have them.  Let's gather a good list of ideas for this holiday and for color changing.  I know that my students always loved to change the color of their flowers so that they could give it their own personal touch.  It was always one of their favorite activities.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The original idea behind Floral Design Day was an unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Carl Rittner, who founded the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston almost sixty years ago. Rittner was a pioneer in floral art education.


This would be a great time for your floriculture/floral design/horticulture class to show the importance of flowers and promote floral designers and floral designing as an art form.

Here are some suggestions to use in your class:

Have students research the importance of flowers to your local and state economy prior to Feb 28 so that you can use that information to promote the day.

Give teachers a carnation with a small write up about Floral Design Day and use information from research projects about the importance of flowers to the local and state economy.

Have students study the research about the benefits of flowers and present in class.

Prepare a special message about flowers to be delivered to the students and faculty over the intercom system.

Have a corsage designing contest.

Have a flower id contest for teachers and staff.  Set up in the teachers lounge and give prize to the teacher with the highest score.

Have students prepare a lesson about floral design and present it at the elementary school.

Have local florist come speak to your classes.

Prepare gift baskets and deliver them to local florist in the community to thank them for their dedication to floral design.

Have students volunteer at local retail/wholesale florist for the day.

Have students research the history of floral design.

Field trip to local florist or wholesale florist.


Here is the link to the research about how flowers promote emotional health and well-being.


To learn more about the origin of Floral Design day and get free lessons and projects, check out these websites:


Origin of Floral Design Day and Ways to Celebrate

Free floral lessons, project lesson, etc. related to Floral Design Day


Please feel free to comment and share with us what your plans for Floral Design Day are.


Happy Floral Design Day!

With the beginning of the New Year, there are lots of things to work on in your classrooms.  It is also the best time to begin preparing to teach about the biggest floral holiday of the year, Valentine's Day.  Below are some resources for some new and exciting things you can do with your students in your classrooms.


Also, please share what you do in your classroom to integrate this holiday into your curriculum.  We would love to have a good list of different activities.  




Valentine's Day Arrangement Recipe Cards

After looking through several posts for floral design, I came upon a great suggestion of creating edible flower arrangements in your floral design class. Now is a great time to do this with you students since good weather is still producing great fruit and making it plentiful at the grocery store and at the farmer?s market. Here are some websites to help you with the process:

A How to Guidle

Edible Arrangements on Food Network show "Unwrapped". Gives some info on how they are made.

Edible Arrangements featured on CNBC


To see examples of Edible Arrangements, visit look under the arrangements tab at the top. There are some really neat examples of mug arrangements.


If anyone has done this before and has pictures of more info they would like to share, please post a comment to this blog post.

Alissa Smith

Floriculture I.D.

Posted by Alissa Smith Aug 24, 2009

A great way to get your students familiar with floriculture identification is to have a "Flower of the Week". You can use the floriculture i.d. list from the National FFA Floriculture Judging CDE as a way for students to learn scientific names of plants and flowers. Each week you can have a new flower on display in your classroom. You can spend 5-10 minutes at the beginning of the class talking about identification points and students can log that information on their Floriculture I.D. sheet. This works great because students look forward to finding out what the new flower is for the week. It is very important for you to plan ahead and stay on schedule. I also recommend showing pictures of the flower on a PowerPoint and combine those pictures so that you can do floriculture identification quizzes throughout the class.

Click here to see the Floriculture Plant Identification List for the National FFA Floriculture Judging CDE



Please add a comment to this post and tell us about how you do floriculture i.d. in your class!