Arranging for the Joy of it

September 16-18, 2016

Shrine Mont will offer its sixth “Flower Arranging Retreat” this fall. Participants get to enjoy all the hospitality of Shrine Mont while learning about floral design and experimenting with new arranging techniques. Activities include demonstrations followed by hands-on workshops during which instructors provide gentle coaching and advice.  It’s a weekend of relaxation and fun in an atmosphere where creativity is rewarded, experimentation is encouraged, and nature celebrated in myriad ways.


Program at a Glance

Nancy Ross Hugo and David Pippin will demonstrate a variety of arranging techniques. Attendees will participate in activities that take the angst out of arranging and showcase techniques that make the process both easier and more fun. Emphasis will be on using local, readily available flowers, greens, and line material.

  • Arranging demonstrations
  • Flower conditioning tips
  • Group arranging activities
  • Arranging in your “favorite container”
  • Hiking, Happy Hours and much, much more!

Click here to download a registration form

The Instructors

Nancy Ross Hugo

Nancy Ross Hugo is an outdoor writer, lecturer, and floral designer who is known to many Virginians as the author of gardening columns for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as the former education manager at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and as the director of Flower Camp in Buckingham County. Nancy is the author of five books including Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Trees Up Close, and Windowsill Art: Creating One-of-a-kind Natural Arrangements to Celebrate the Seasons. Learn more about Nancy at



David Pippin is well-known in Richmond's horticultural world. He is both a popular consultant on garden design and a sought-after designer of inspired floral arrangements, David has taught floral design to amateurs and experts, and his classes for have inspired hundreds of his students to pursue careers in floral design themselves.  One reviewer describes David’s cutting-edge designs as having “the taste and refinement to match the best New York has to offer."  Learn more about David at



2015 arrangement

Contact Mary Moomaw ( or call (540) 856-2141 if you want additional information.






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