Becoming a floral designer is a great way to express yourself creatively while helping others express themselves through beautiful, fragrant flowers. Florists have the opportunity to work for a wide range of businesses, including small flower shops, wedding specialists and catering services. As a florist, you have the added bonus of venturing out to your own flower shop.

Many flower shops offer introductory design courses at their retail location; but if you are serious about being a floral designer, it's best to attend a floral design school that will provide you with extensive knowledge and practice to take you further in your career.

Rittners School of Floral Design

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts

Founded in 1950, Rittners School of Floral Design is located in the heart of Boston, MA. The school's facilities feature a spacious workshop space to create floral designs, a floral industry resource file, and an extensive library with over 4000 floral art books. As a bonus, students at Rittners get to take home all floral arrangements made in class.

Rittners also offers electronic floral design lessons for those eager to learn floral design, but are unable to relocate to Boston. The lessons are available in a PDF format, containing detailed instructions and photographs to guide students every step of the way.

Rittners School of Floral Design 345 Marlborough St. Boston, Ma. 02115 617-267-3824 floralschool.com

Phil Rulloda's Southern California School of Floral Design

Anaheim is close to Los Angeles, California
Anaheim is close to Los Angeles, California

The Phil Rulloda's Southern California School of Floral Design was founded in 1977 in Anaheim, CA. The school's facilities are tandem to Avante Gardens, a unique retail flower shop. Class sizes are small and intimate. The 555-square foot workshop area is large enough to accommodate 18 students comfortably.

The school is licensed by the State Board of Private Business and Technical Schools.

Phil Rulloda's Southern California School of Floral Design 843 South State College Blvd., Suite D Anaheim, California 92806 800-981-7445 philrulloda.com

Floral Design Istitute

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

Founded in 1969, Floral Design Institute is located in the heart of Portland, OR. The school offers progressive programs designed to cover the creative end of floral design as well as the business aspects of working as a florist or owning your own flower shop.

Floral Design Institute trains 1000 students on average per year at their physical location and many more through their distance learning program. On-site classes are capped at 12 students and are held in bright, naturally-lit and spacious workshop classroom.

Floral Design Institute The ActivSpace Building 1500 NW 18th Ave., Suite 109 Portland, Oregon 97209
800-819-8089 floraldesigninstitute.com