Melinda Gale

A lifestyle + fitness blog

Floral Design with SkillPop Raleigh

When it comes to flowers, I have #thoughts. Mostly, it's just a massive jealousy because guys I dated never sent me flowers, or because I think roses are boring and overpriced. However, over the past few years, I have learned to love going to Trader Joes or Whole Foods to buy all kinds of different flowers and create arrangements at home. There's one tiny problem, I have not a damn clue what I am doing. After weeks of lurking SkillPop, I decided I would bite the bullet and take a floral arrangement class. 

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Taught by Stephanie Cisko of Viva L'Event, the class was held at the super adorable Mayton Inn in Cary. The class started with Stephanie telling us a little bit about herself and followed with us all having to introduce ourselves. I was surprised because MOST of the ladies in attendance were publicists. Who knew I had so many fellow PR girls in the area. 

After introductions, Stephanie told us all about each of the flowers and a few basics about floral arranging and what we would be doing. This is where my Type A personality went into overdrive. I automatically started taking notes. I took down all of the flower names (which I would list here but I know I spelled wrong), the name of the wholeseller she uses (Cleveland Wholesale Flowers), and the reason why you should never put your flowers in your home fridge (spoiler alert: they will die, girl). 

Then it was time to start creating. Que massive anxiety attack on my part because Stephanie wanted us to use our creativity... but y'all... I need an example! I don't trust my creativity sometimes! 

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Sadly, by the time it was my turn to go pick flowers for my arragement, there were no tulips left so I was stuck with my arch enemy -- A GARDEN ROSE. It's fine it's fine it's fine. 

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One thing I had always heard but Stephanie solidified was that you always start with your greenery for your base. Always striving to make the least "happy" looking arrangement, I started with cute and fuzzy Lambs Ear. Next, I threw in some Eucalyptus because if it's good enough to help me breathe easier, it's good enough for an arrangement that would go on to live in my bathroom.  

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What happened next is a blur because this is when my anxiety blackout started. Y'all, I fussed with this arrangement for a good 20 minutes. It had to be PERFECT!!!!! But who says what perfect is?! (Maybe I should talk to my therapist about all of this but whatever.)

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Here was my final result! Everyone said it looked great but they could have been lying. Overall, I had a great time and learned a ton of fun stuff that will help me create pretty (and lasting) arrangements for my house from now on. 

If you want to learn all about floral design, check out a SkillPop class or one of The English Garden's classes (a little birdie told me they usually have some pretty awesome cocktails, too).