Floral enthusiasts can earn certification in new class
BILOXI, Miss. -- Floral enthusiasts can enhance their design skills in a new horticulture course intended to enhance skills and inspire community volunteerism.
The 14-week Master Floral Designer course begins Jan. 10. Classes will be held once a week from 1 to 4 p.m. The course is a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Jim DelPrince, Extension horticulture specialist, will teach participants the basics of floral design, including use of accessories and numerous design mechanics, proper care and use of fresh and dried flowers. The 42-hour, in-studio portion of the course includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects. Participants who complete the course and 40 hours of volunteer service will earn the Master Floral Designer certification.
Amateur and professional designers are welcome. Registration is $420 per person and includes tools and materials needed for in-studio work. Seating is limited to eight participants.
The course will be held in the floral studio at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, located at 1815 Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi.
DelPrince taught students in the MSU floral design program for 20 years before joining Extension. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the professional floristry industry.
He is a laureate of the American Institute of Floral Designers and has published numerous books and articles on floral and interior plantscaping design. An expert in 19th century horticulture studies, he has held research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware. His floral design work has been featured at the New Orleans Museum of Art; Temple Heights in Columbus, Mississippi; and George Walter Vincent Smith Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.
To register, visit the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center’s website (http://coastal.msstate.edu/). For more information, contact DelPrince at 228-546-1011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mississippi State University is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Jim DelPrince at 228-546-1011 or email@example.com.