Worlds End Farm, Esperance, NY
September 10-11th, 2014


This is an intensive two day symposium for those looking to further their floral work specifically in the realm of weddings and events. Individually in our own respective floral studios (Saipua and Nicolette Camille Floral) we have designed and produced hundreds of weddings and parties. Their goal in this advanced level class is to share the methods, tips, and tricks that have made our two studios successful. Topics covered include:


We’ll discuss client relations, consultations, proposal writing and negotiating. Expect hard copies of sample Nicolette Camille and Saipua estimates and budgets. The goal of this portion of the workshop is to brush up your business skills to make for easier, clearer, more effective administrative procedures and communication between you and your clients. 


We will share case studies of events and review flower budgeting, how we source flowers, and our general buying practices. A lot of this conversation will revolve around the advantages (and occasional disadvantages) of working seasonally. Included in this portion of the workshop is a discussion of vase and prop sources and logistical tactics for producing large and small events.


A large portion of the weekend will be devoted to hands-on floral lessons. Our wedding designs are known for their loose, romantic and somewhat unstructured approach. Special emphasis will be placed on the nuances of layering color and texture. We'll practice making centerpieces, bouquets, and large scale urn arrangements. 

Flowers for the course...

We'll be cutting dahlias, apples, clematis, etc from the field at Worlds End. We'll be using roses from Garden Valley in California, and other seasonal materials from farms in the Hudson Valley region. This is the best time of year for flowers in the north east.


We'll spend lots of time photographing the work we produce over the two days. Sarah and Nicolette will share their tips for photographing flowers. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras. 


Cost of workshop including materials, lunches, coffee breaks and dinner on the second night is $2,600

Limited to 10 students. Minimum enrollment of 6 required. 


Esperance is 3.5 hours from NYC and 45 minutes from Albany. Amtrak leaves from Penn Station in NYC every hour or so and stops in Albany.

Students are welcome to camp on the farm. The Halcyon Inn is 10 minutes from the farm in Amsterdam, NY and The Best Western in Cobleskill is 25 minutes.