Floristry Classes

At Vanilla Rose we offer a range of flexible and affordable floristry classes from one day classes to more comprehensive 3 and 5 day courses. Whether you’re a complete beginner who doesn’t know one end of a gerbera from the other, a keen amateur looking for a little practical experience from the professionals, or planning to create gorgeous flower designs for a wedding or event, our classes cover the all basics of contemporary floristry.

If there is something special you would like to learn, let us know and we’ll try and oblige!

Classes include flowers and materials and you keep all of your lovely creations. We will give you advice on how best to condition and care for different types of flowers, plus a few insider tips for perfect petals! We recommend you bring a notebook and are happy for you to take photos throughout. Classes take place in our cosy purpose built workshop and run from 10am – 4.30pm with a short break for lunch (provided) and a couple of cups of tea!

There is a maximum of four students per class so you are guaranteed plenty of help and support throughout the day. If you book with a friend  we might even offer you a little discount – just ask!

We are located around 10 miles from Helensburgh, about a 45 minute drive from Glasgow. If you are travelling by train we are happy to collect you from Helensburgh or Garelochhead station. We are also available for one on one classes and home classes. Please check with us regarding additional costs. Classes make a lovely unique gift and we have gift vouchers available. So what are you waiting for……

Day classes

Hand-tied bouquet class £140 The basis of many contemporary arrangements and a must learn technique. The basis for many bridal bouquets, for gift bouquets and vase arrangements. We’ll teach you how to master the knack of creating a spiral shape with those stems!  You’ll create two very different bouquets and you’ll also professionally wrap them to take home.

Bridal class £130 A great introduction to wedding flowers. We’ll show you how to create a beautiful hand tied bridal bouquet along with a complimentary buttonhole, pin corsage and flowergirl basket.

Table Arrangements £165 We’ll  be making two very different table arrangements. One, a dome shaped arrangement on a vase, and also a flower wreath to place around a candle centrepiece.

Sympathy tribute class £175 We’ll make a beautiful wreath and a large natural style arrangement for the top of a casket, both essential sympathy tributes to master.  

Church flowers  £175 All the basics for decorating a church: pew ends, pedestal and a long and low arrangement for the alter.

Three day courses

Introduction to floristry £465 A short course covering the basics of popular flower arrangements. Suitable for beginners.

Day 1: Hand- tied bouquets
Day 2: Table Arrangements
Day 3: Long and Low and  pedestal arrangement

Wedding flowers £485 A thorough introduction to wedding flowers covering some of the most popular wedding arrangements. Useful for brides considering creating their own wedding flowers or those contemplating  a career change! This course is suitable for beginners but it is useful to have completed the hand-tied one day class.
Day 1: Hand tied bouquet, buttonholes, pin corsage, wrist corsage
Day 2: Table Arrangements
Day 3: Shower bouquet and pedestal arrangement

Five day courses 

Introduction to floristry £750 A comprehensive week covering all the basics of popular flower arrangements. We also discuss pricing, ordering and suppliers during the week. Suitable for beginners.
Day 1: Hand tied bouquets
Day 2: Sympathy arrangements
Day 3: Table arrangements
Day 4: Hand tied wedding bouquet, buttonholes, corsages, flowergirl basket
Day 5: Long and Low and pedestal arrangement

Wedding flowers £785 A more comprehensive introduction to wedding flowers covering all the basics of wedding floristry. We also discuss pricing, ordering and suppliers during the week. Great for those taking on the challenge of creating a friend’s wedding flowers or for those seriously considering a career change – you will have lovely creations to photograph for your portfolio. We are also able to provide you with a set of portfolio pictures  for a small extra cost. This course is suitable for beginners but it is useful to have completed the hand-tied one day class.
Day 1: Hand tied bridal bouquet, buttonholes, corsages, flowergirl basket
Day 2: Hand tied vase display, pedestal arrangement
Day 3: Table flowers
Day 4: Shower bouquet, Hand tied bouquet and teardrop bouquet
Day 5: Church flowers   


“I contacted Vanilla Rose to enquire about training and asked for a package that was not on the course list. Rachael came back to me and put together a day’s session with the classes I required. I had a very eventful day and completed my training. What was wonderful for me, was being able to make a “Dad” tribute for my best friends’ dad’s funeral. During the training I learnt loads of tips and put together flowers that I would never have done before. I would like to thank you for the one to-one training you gave me. It was more personal and a pleasure to do the training. It made my day and I know it helped me to fulfil my request to help my friend at a sad time”
Sharon, July 2012

“Just wanted to let you know that my son got married and I did all the flowers and they were  really pleased with them and they looked great in the pictures. Thank you for all your tips. I really enjoyed the course .”
Florence, March 2012

” Its was a pleasure being taught by you and I had so much fun!”
Olivia, October 2011

“Thanks so much for a great afternoon. I feel quite the expert now!”
Sophie, July 2011

” I wanted to say a big thank you for such an inspiring lesson yesterday. Mum and I really enjoyed learning with you and you were so generous with your time and advice. Thanks for such a fun afternoon.”
Rebecca, May 2011