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Arranging for the Joy of It

August 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - August 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Shrine Mont will offer its Eighth “Flower Retreat” this fall. Participants get to enjoy all the hospitality of Shrine Mont while learning about floral design, and then are set loose to practice what they’ve learned. It will be a weekend of relaxation and a fun atmosphere to work with flowers and experience nature in a beautiful setting.

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.

  • Floral design demonstrations
  • Flower conditioning tips and information about how to work with particular fresh plant materials
  • Hands-on activities organized around themes like “Starting with Sticks,” “No Flowers Allowed,” and “Incorporating Veggies and Fruit”
  • Arranging to interesting prompts like wallpaper, paintings, posters
  • Vase exchange, Happy Hours and much, much more!

There is limited space for the weekend!

The Instructors

Nancy Ross Hugo is an outdoor writer, lecturer, and floral designer who has been gardening in Virginia for over 30 years. Nancy is known to many Virginians as the author of gardening columns for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and for her floral design workshops at Flower Camp in Buckingham County. Nancy is the author five books including Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Seeing Trees, Trees Up Close, and Windowsill Art.

David Pippin is well-known in Richmond’s horticultural world. A sought-after designer of inspired floral arrangements, a popular consultant on garden design, a provider of garden-themed hands-on programs for children, and an educator with a wide range of horticultural knowledge and experience, David is indeed a “man for all seasons.”

Register using this form: Arranging Flyer – August 2018

Rates (per person and include all meals and instruction)

Double Occupancy: $540 per person
Single Occupancy: $570 per person

Early Bird discount of $50 for registrations received before July 13!

Contact Guest Services or call (540) 856-2141 if you want additional information.



August 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
August 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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