school of flowers 

Boot Camp


FALL SESSION: October 12 to October 16

SPRING SESSION: March 22 to 26 

(daytime – one full week)

• $1595 investment (+ tax) 

Includes materials, instruction and light lunch.

Limited to 10 students during COVID

Thinking of a career change?

Already in the biz & want to brush up on your Floral Fashion Skills? or just simply a Flower Enthusiast ? Here is your chance to work with one of the country’s top Floral Designers!

This is a one-week intensive Floral Training from October 12 to October 16.

Classes are 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday start time is 8:00am, at our Studio in downtown Galt –  as we will be designing & installing a REAL wedding at Elora Mill !)

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Questions? Ready to Book? 

So ! Thinking, thinking, thinking !

& bam ! A great idea!

I was trying to figure out how I could open up our Floral Boot Camp to additional students – with social distancing in mind! & luckily our great friends @cambridge_mill are letting us host our one week Boot Camp at Cambridge Mill !

This is great news !

We can design floral decoratives with each of the 3 magical rooms in mind! A super real hands on experience for students !

& bonus ! Includes lunch at Cambridge Mill !

So now I’ve reworked our program to really take advantage of this big opportunity!

DAY one

Fallsview Room Faux Wedding

Each morning will start with a welcome coffee session & we’ll review the Design Notes for – let’s call it a “Faux Wedding” for each of the wedding rooms at Cambridge Mill.

Students will learn the art of planning – both to the tastes of the Bride and also the Venue! Did we mention lunch? We’ll be treated to a delicious lunch daily at Cambridge Mill for all students to enjoy!

Tuesday: CLASSIC FRENCH – with an Ivory, Blush & Foliage palette – Grand Garden Style, designed for a wedding in the Fallsview Room at Cambridge Mill.

DAY two

Waterfront Room Faux Wedding

Wednesday: TWIG. FEATHER, NEST – you’ll be using foraged materials, with a wedding in the Waterfront Room at the Cambridge Mill in mind.

Today you will be making a spectacular Garland for the Fireplace in the Garden Terrace, an all foliage bouquet – and tablescapes featuring twigs, ferns, feathers & nests – a super popular look for 2021

Day three

Gallery Room Faux Wedding

Thursday: SAN FRANCISCO SUNSET – featuring a bold colour statement of Red, Coral, Wine, for a wedding in the Gallery Room at Cambridge Mill. We are seeing a real trend to bright colours for 2021 – maybe we all need a little something joyful after the challenges of 2020

On this day we serve up Happy Hour at the end of class – say 3:00 ish –and you will have an opportunity to have your work professionally photographed for your portfolio ! 

Day four

Designing a Real Wedding

Friday: Put on your running shoes & pack a lunch – we will be very very buys and working at a fast pace.

Meet at 8:00 am at our Studio in Downtown Galt – to design, deliver and instal  a REAL wedding!

At another Pearl Events venue – ELORA MILL !

What better training than that?

& those who are up for it – following our successful staging/ installation – join Elaine for a glass of wine at Elora Mill

day five

Recap of the Week and Grad Day

Some of the skills students you will have gleaned include:

Bridal Bouquets, Floral Crowns, Boutonnieres, Corsages, Garlands, Structured Centrepieces, Hand-tied Floral arrangements as centrepieces, large scale floral decoratives suitable for an event/wedding ….

Floral swags for aisle/chair decor, Gorgeous Garlands forArchways, Grand Floral Decoratives to be set on pillars, and even designing garden-style tablescapes!

The Fashion in flowers, current styles and techniques will have been emphasized.

Some of these activities will have been  done individually and some as a Floral Team.

The best part? Every day you will take flowers home!


Each student will receive their own Florist Kit – with all of our favourite tools and mechanics.

Class size limited to 10 students, so don’t wait too long to book!

and lastly

a bit about your instructor:

From The Potting Shed’s owner, Elaine Martin, started her career in the fashion industry as a fashion buyer and vice-president of a leading Canadian fashion retailer. Her organic soft approach can be attributed to growing up in a large rural garden in Southern Ontario. As well, much of her floral influence comes from time spent in Provence, France.

For several seasons Elaine co-produced and hosted Canada’s first Home & Garden television show, which appeared eight times per week on Life Network – what is now HGTV.

Elaine has been a writer and has been

featured in many magazines in both Canada and the USA.

From the Potting Shed was the in-house florist for Langdon Hall for three consecutive years & has been named in the Best List by Wedding Bells Magazine.

Photo Credit: New Town Images