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Arranging for the Joy of It – June

June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Due to popular demand Shrine Mont will offer a second  “Flower Retreat” this June!

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, David Pippin and Kate Vernon 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 and David Pippin

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.”


Kate Vernon owns The Arranger’s Market in Richmond, Virginia. Kate combined her background in 3-D art with her passion for floral design to launch The Arranger’s Market, which offers floral design workshops in the Richmond area and sells floral design equipment online. Visit thearrangersmarket.com to learn more.



Rates (per person and include all meals and instruction)

Early bird – register by May 17

Double occupancy:  $515 per person
Single occupancy:  $545 per person

After May 17

Double occupancy:  $565 per person
Single occupancy:  $595 per person

Register on line using the form below  or download this flyer and registration form and mail to Shrine Mont with the non-refundable deposit.

On Line Registration


Please feel free to call (540) 856-2141 or email Shrine Mont if you have any questions,


June 28, 2019
June 30, 2019
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