The FlowerSchool New York - A Place to Start Your Journey

Upraise your floral design skills by joining one of the most prestigious flower schools in the world.

By: THURSD. | 20-03-2024 | 6 min read
Floral Education
FlowerSchool New York workshops

FlowerSchool in New York City offers classes ranging from beginner to advanced and is considered one of the top flower schools in the world. Whether you are interested in learning the basics of floral design, working with masters of floral design, or getting a NYSED Certificate in Floral Design, the FlowerSchool in New York has an array of classes suitable for everyone.

FlowerSchool in New York Is a Top Ranked School to Learn From

FlowerSchool, located in the city that never sleeps is one of the most renowned floral design schools in the world. Established in 2003, the school has locations in New York City as well as in Los Angeles California. It is the place to begin your floral education and exploration into the world of contemporary floral arranging. This esteemed school for floral design focuses on a mix of practical abilities and incorporates a solid foundation in the practical studio arts. Students can expect to learn the NY method of design using only the highest quality fresh flowers where arrangements are created specifically to highlight each flower’s most beautiful and unique characteristics.


FlowerSchool New York classes
A student attending the 'Weekend Florist Series' at FlowerSchool NY

Calvert Crary, The Institute for the Living Arts' executive director and owner, runs a variety of programs, including FlowerSchool New York. The floral design programs offered by them are known to be among the most prestigious in the city. The goal of FlowerSchool New York is to recognize outstanding floral designers and floral design as a means of enhancing human existence.



Floral Design Program

The Floral Design Program at FlowerSchool New York is an expertly planned sequence of classes that prepares students for a profession in the floral design industry. It is licensed by the New York State Education Department. The Floral Design Program teaches the best practices of the floral industry and incorporates an internship component so that students can put their newly acquired skills and techniques into practice in a real-world setting. It does this by incorporating techniques and business strategies from our distinguished master florists.


Floral Design Program by FS
The 2024 Winter Floral Design Program by FS


In terms of educational opportunities for floral designers, FlowerSchool is unrivaled. This prestigious floral school in New York provides ongoing assistance and employment possibilities after graduation to help students gain the experience they need to continue their path.


Atsushi Tanigushi a master from Japan
Atsushi Taniguchi a master from Japan attended the FlowerSchool in NYC back in 2023 to give floral design classes


Different Types of Classes and Programs

FlowerSchool offers a variety of programs, opportunities, and classes for every level:

1. Introduction to Design

A one-time, hands-on, Introduction to Design class is for anyone who is looking to make a nice design with premium flowers in a casual and comfortable setting. These classes are often themed and geared toward beginners even though many experienced florists can be seen among the group.


Introductory courses at FlowerSchool


2. Series and Skills Program

The 'Series' classes are meant to be taken in a 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day series and are more for individuals looking to work more professionally.  These classes can often be challenging and inspiring as they are simulated to be 'real life' floristry. They are perfect for anyone wishing to become a designer or wanting to work as a designer.


Two day courses at FlowerSchool NYC
Paulina Nieliwocki, from Blue Jasmine Floral, one of the FlowerSchool's alumni


3. The Weekend Florist

Their 'Weekend Florist Program' is for working professionals who only have weekend availability.  This three-part program contains their popular 2-Day Introduction to Design Series, the 3-Day Intermediate Series, and the 2-Day Advanced Design Series over three weekends. To know more about the dates, visit FlowerSchool's website.


Weekend floral design course at FS


4. Event Design and Planning Programs

For florists and designers looking to up their game, FlowerSchool offers a variety of Event Design Programs. These programs will run through run-of-show exercises, budgeting, vendor management, florals, details, details, and details!


FlowerSchool New York


Master Florists in Charge of Teaching

The Master Florists and Designers on FlowerSchool New York's list have been chosen for their remarkable accomplishment in floral design and reputation in the floral industry. Each has imparted a variety of programs to the numerous pupils who have visited FlowerSchool. These designers are among the best and most interesting ones out there right now.


Oscar Mora floral designer
Oscar Mora, a FlowerSchool fave, has worked on some of New York’s most prominent commissions. Pictured here showing students how he transforms rooms with his larger-than-life, floral foam free, installations


They kindly contribute their own design aesthetic and expertise to the Master Class offerings. Master florists such as Ariella Chezar, Victoria Ahn, Ingrid Carozzi, Michael Putnam, and Emily Thompson, along with many other inspiring floral designers are in charge of teaching at the FlowerSchool NY.

Featured Alumni at FlowerSchool NY

FlowerSchool, which has been in operation for 20 years, is incredibly proud of its many accomplished alumni. Many alumni of FlowerSchool have gone on to launch innovative and highly successful enterprises all across the world. The school is thrilled to showcase its most recent graduates, where you can also learn and get inspired by what they've achieved during their courses and certificates. 

Ooldouz Alaei Novin, one of the FlowerSchool students shared:

"To us, every floral piece is a poem. We write poetry through flowers by blending originality, simplicity, and the dramatic use of the bounties Mother Nature has to offer to create a unique, visual impact in every floral design."


Flowerschool ny alumni
FlowerSchool NY proud alumni Emily Farish showing her floral work


Calver Crary - The Creative Mind Behind FlowerSchool New York

Calvert Crary is the Executive Director of both FlowerSchool New York and FlowerSchool Los Angeles, and the author of Flower School: A Practical Guide to the Art of Flower Arranging (Nov 2020). An internationally recognized instructor and mentor, Calvert has taught programs across the United States, Holland, Mexico, and Australia, and was this year’s judge for the prestigious PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

Calvert Crary Executive Director of FlowerSchool
Calvert Crary, Executive Director of FlowerSchool New York and Los Angeles


Calvert has trained and coached thousands of students on how to work in the floral industry with top designers, start new businesses, or reorganize existing floral businesses into thriving careers.


Flower guide books by Calvert Crary
Flower guide books by Calvert Crary


Thinking about joining FlowerSchool NY to become a professional floral designer? Don't think about it twice, as this school is truly one of the most recognized worldwide when it comes to starting your flower trajectory. Explore all their courses and certificates to decide which is your best option.


Header image with Master Class Instructor Kiana Underwood. Photos @flowerschoolny



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