Master Gardener floral arranging series sparks creativity in the community

Registration is open for Floral Arranging with the Tama County Master Gardeners and Iowa State University.

The Iowa Master Gardener Program with Tama County Extension and Outreach will host a new Floral Arranging series including hands-on instruction with renowned floral expert, Dan Brabec.

Designed to explore individual creative and artistic expression, this series will connect participants with an expert who has over 25 years’ experience in the floral arranging profession.

Dan Brabec is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He teaches Elements of Floral Design, Wedding and Event Floral Design, and Houseplants and Interiorscapes. Dan was the previous owner of Coes Floral and Gifts in Ames, IA and has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, wedding publications, and has designed florals for Walt Disney World.

This series will occur at three different times throughout the growing season: early spring, mid-summer, and late fall. Each session uses seasonal blooms and fillers to give students the skills needed to create beautiful arrangements throughout the year.

The first session takes place June 1 from 6-7:30 pm, with subsequent sessions taking place August 9 and November 16. Participants are welcome to attend just one, or all sessions, as each is a stand-alone presentation. No previous gardening or floral arranging experience is required.

Pre-registration is required to make sure enough materials are on hand for the workshop. Call 641-484-2703 or email cbruene@iastate.edu to register. Participants are asked to bring a container such as a cereal bowl, candy dish, mason jar, basket, or vase with about a 3 inch opening. Bring seasonal flowers and greens from your garden such as peony flowers and leaves, hosta leaves, spirea, iris, lilacs, bleeding heart, bellflower, lupine, columbine, ornamental grass, weigelia foliage or anything else that is growing in your yard. A $10 materials fee will be charged to cover additional purchased flowers and supplies.