Nov
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Make your own Thanksgiving Centerpiece on the Tuesday before the Holiday and have it ready for your table or buffet. We'll design in foam in a birch box perfectly suited for arranging in foam. You'll love it for your own table or as a perfect hostess gift. In the next few days, we'll post the flower varieties that Jennifer plans to use. 

Each of our classes is designed to accomodate beginner to intermediate designers. We'll review important techniques and expand on your knowledge of floral design. Contact us at studio@jmorrisflowers.com to sign up or use the form below.

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Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Flower Arranging Inspired by Art

Paul Cézanne - La bouteille de menthe poivrée (National Gallery of Art)
The Pierre Compote from Accent Decor. 

The Pierre Compote from Accent Decor. 

Jennifer has chosen the beautiful Cezanne painting "The Peppermint Bottle" as her inspiration for our September class. "I love the way the soft blues and strong oranges play off each other in this piece. A timeless color combination that is re-emerging for Fall of 2017. There are beautiful fall blooms that will be perfect for a design inspired by this piece. The vase I chose is very French, a tribute to Cezanne and his heritage."

As always, Jennifer will demonstrate techniques required to arrange in water including an armiture to secure the design. From beginner to expert, there are new insights and strategies to be gained every time you begin an arrangement. She'll talk about painting as inspiration and how you can use floral arranging to amplify your home decor.

The cost of this call is $90.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
— Pablo Picasso

Paul Cézanne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Jun
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Parties and Picnics: creating a tablescape

We have to credit brides with the table-scape concept. Now, the idea of having different floral decor items on the table has spread to the home. Jennifer loves finding lovely vases in unique sizes and shapes and pairing them with exquisite blooms and greeneries. The June class will provide you with all sorts of ideas and techniques for creating a one-of-a-kind tablescape

First, you'll need to learn how to create a garland with the trendiest greens that add texture and depths of green color. Then, Jennifer will talk about color palettes and flowers that can nestle in a garland (water tubed, of course). We will have some colored glass vases to choose from and learn about arranging in smaller vases.

We'll talk about creative uses for candles and lights. You'll leave with a garland for the center of your table, two colored glass floral arrangements and a whole bunch of ideas for your summer parties.

Cost of the class is $100.

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May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Make your own hand-tied bouquets: just in time for Mother's Day

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Hand-tied bouquets are a European art form and it is normal in these countries to give someone a hand-tied bouquet in lieu of an arrangement. We love the idea! Why do we only get to snuggle with a bouquet as a bride or bridesmaid? They are so elegant and they feel so special.

Now you can learn how to make one, too. Join our next class and learn how to use your own hand, a clipper and some tape to make a toss that appeals to you. And, when you're done, you can share your work with your favorite mom.

You will learn how to analyze each stem, prep the flowers and weave the blooms creating an interesting focal point. We'll talk about ribbon styles and help you plan your practice own sessions. Don't worry, these arrangements look stunning in glass cylinders or mason jars and can stand in perfectly as a centerpiece. 

Cost of the class is $125. Bring a guest and save $25 on your fee or your guests fee. Or split it  between you. 

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Apr
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Living Designs: Why not get ahead of the trend?

Ready to add "indoor gardener" to your list of skills. We talk about arranging cut flowers all the time, in fact, we live and breathe it. Now let's talk about growing things in your home that look like a cut-flower arrangement. It's all the rage with retailers to bring greeneries in to your decor. But, they are not real. With a living arrangement, you can have both. We can add stunning flowering plants, shades of green with contrasting textures and foliage, and talk about how to add roses and other showy blooms to glam it up. We have a fantastic pottery bowl for this arrangement that will hold soil for your living arrangement but versatile enough to become a household go-to vessel.

We are planning to select from a wide variety of Succulents, Bulb plants (Crocus or Iris), Mosses like Baby Tears or Irish Moss, flowering plants like Primrose and Campanula, Pussy Willow Branches, Maiden Hair Fern and a tropical or two.

You'll learn about these varieties but also how to arrange them to create critical focal points. Cost of the class is $100. Call to reserve your space at 703-779-3530, email us at studio@jmorrisflowers.com or complete the form below.

Here's the 2017 class schedule.

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Mar
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

French Market: Create your own floral design

The "French Market" class is appropriate for all levels - beginner to advanced. 

In order to fully develop your floral design skills, you will need to learn how to create your own designs. That's why our March class is designed to give you the chance to get creative while practicing the important techniques that result in professional-looking arrangements. 

We will create a French Flower market right here in our Leesburg studio. You'll choose from a variety of colors, varieties and greeneries. You will also choose from one of two vases, a design decision that will help you begin to develop your arrangement's shape.

We will discuss which Armature you will use to secure your stems and how to green in your design. We will analyze different stems and help you decide on a focal point for your design. As you create your one-of-a-kind arrangement, we'll provide you with individual guidance and tips. And, of course, we will sample more wine from our own Loudoun County Vineyards as we talk about pairing flowers with with your menu for home entertaining.

The cost of the class is $90. Sign up below or call our studio to reserve your spot at 703-779-3530.

Here's a look at our calendar for the year. It's not too late to take advantage of our 15% discount. Sign up for 6 classes and save.

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Jan
24
to Jan 25

Creating Movement with Your Floral Design - Two Days Available

All levels: Beginner to Advanced

For the first time, we are offering our class on two different nights. No more waiting lists!

The J. Morris 2017 classes by date, sign up for 6 or more and save 15%. Call the studio or use the form below to sign up!

The J. Morris 2017 classes by date, sign up for 6 or more and save 15%. Call the studio or use the form below to sign up!

Our January design may be our very class design to date. Since we are entertaining the cold-weather months, we want to reflect the hidden beauty of winter. We also think that it is very important to bring a hint of sunny colors and warmth into your home. We started with Birch paper covering a glass cylinder so that we could work with water (Techniques #1 and #2). Birch is popular year-round in Loudoun County and learning to adapt your vessel makes an ordinary cylinder very versatile.

We always want to teach you about the unique and un-explored flower varieties that are available to us here in the United States. Using different varieties forces you to become better at stem analysis (Technique #3). So, we are using very special Double and Ruffled Tulips, Ranunculus, Astilbe, white Hellebore, Privet Berry, Geranium Leaves and the incredibly-scented Eriostemon. 

Additionally, this arrangement has an S-shape design (Technique #4). All of our classes this year have been in symmetrical shapes. Now, we help you learn how to create movement in your design.

Lastly, forcing bulbs (Technique #5) is an age-old method of bringing lasting floral beauty in to the home. There are many home methods and tips that have been used over the years to urge these lovely "geophytes" out of their protective home in the simplest of vessels. You'll leave with a second arrangement that will appear soon after our class. 

We have highlighted a few of the techniques that we will cover, and yet, we will cover so much more. We are excited to have you bring a friend, sip some wine in the warmth of our studio. Then, we will head to our production space to get to work on the arrangement and the smaller forced bulb in a cylinder space.

Cost of the Class: $125

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Dec
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Holidays in Leesburg, an arrangement for your favorite room

Protea, Roses and Artichoke with Pepper Berry and Cedar. 

Protea, Roses and Artichoke with Pepper Berry and Cedar. 

This is a very versatile Holiday arrangement that can be used as a centerpiece or an accent for your living space. We will be using foam to secure the flowers in a gold, pedestal vase. And, to add even more "glam" to this design, we will spray the Salal leaves to add more gold to the arrangement.

The flowers include: Protea, "Hearts" Roses and Ivory Spray Roses. Our greenery will include Pepper Berry, Huckleberry, Boxwood and Cedar. And because we are using Artichoke we will be able to talk about using fruits and vegetables in florals. You'll also learn how to "break the line of the container" creating an elegant, cascading design.

After the class, you will have an opportunity to order the flowers that you will need to replenish this arrangement closer to the Holidays. The cost of this class is $100. Special note: One fortunate class participant will win a free facial by Michael, the Lead Esthetician at Salon Cielo & Spa in Landsdowne.

Watch this video to learn and learn more about Jennifer's approach to teaching floral arranging designs and techniques.

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Watch this video and learn more about Jennifer's approach to teaching floral arranging classes.

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Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Thanksgiving: Create your own table arrangements

Learn how to use these lovely flowers and greenery, during the class and the week of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, the delightful colors associated with this festive holiday, the gorgeous foods and desserts all beg for the perfect table setting. Now, you can learn how to make one yourself. Jennifer's next flower arranging class provides you with this opportunity. This class is designed to teach you skills that you can use any time you need a table arrangement and  allow you to duplicate the design that you will learn just a few weeks later. Your guests will be so impressed.

First the techniques

Members of Jennifer's last class learned so many techniques for arranging in water. Now we move in to working with foam. You will learn:

Pave (french term): Pave is a technique from French flower arranging that allows you to create arrangements as close to the vase, vessel or container as possible. This means you will be able to adorn your table with an arrangement that allows you, your family and your guests to see each other.

Terracing: Learn how to use leaves and greenery to cover the foam.

Sheltering: Take your first step toward learning how build a structure using grasses and branches around flowers and stems.

Stem Analysis: A t key to floral design, especially when working in foam. You will learn how to judge the length and usefulness of each stem so that you can create that professional looking shape.

Additionally, Jennifer will provide you with tips and ideas about how to use candles in this arrangement - both pillars or tapers. 

Now the flowers:

Jennifer is motivated by the beautiful and modern colors of fall. We will use orange roses, creamy white spray roses, blue thistle, magnolia leaves, succulents and other greens to duplicate the colors of a beautiful fall day in Loudoun County. The lovely low, wooden box can be used throughout the year anytime you need a long, narrow arrangement for the center of your table.

Recreate this arrangement for your own table:

We will make sure that you have the supplies that you will need to re-create this design in the days leading up to the busy holiday. Simply come back to our studio Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week to purchase the foam, clippers, liner, flowers and greenery that you will already know how to use. Information will be provided during the class about how to order the replenishment supplies.

Cost of the class: $90.00

This class will be held at our studio in Leesburg.

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Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Arranging in Water- The Art of Arranging Cut and Home Grown Flowers

Photo, Stephen Kent Johnson for the Wall Street Journal, styling by Lindsey Taylor

Photo, Stephen Kent Johnson for the Wall Street Journal, styling by Lindsey Taylor

Fall Class blends earthy beauty and "hip" design

Jenn has discovered a beautiful design created by NYC florist, Lindsey Taylor. She will be helping you mimic the design shown here. We have asked the vintners at Stone Tower Winery to suggest a pairing for this design the we will share with you during the class. Local grower, Leah Foster, will be supplying some of the flowers. Jenn plans to teach you some of the methods that designers use to create beautiful and artfully arranged flowers in water. She will be using some of Leah's beautiful early fall blooms plus some cut flowers to create a tall, bountiful arrangement that will bring the colors of fall in to your home. The flowers we plan to use include Dahlia, Zinnia, Red Sunflowers, Purple Basil, Rosemary, Dill, Yarrow and Queen Anne's Lace. (Subject to availability, any replacements will be gorgeous.)

Please check out the blog posting that provides even more detailed information about this class. 

You will get: • all of the flowers you will need for your arrangement • a beautiful pottery vase for your arrangement • additional floral supplies • quality instruction and skills to last a lifetime.

Cost: $90.00

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Mar
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

European Hand-Tied Bouquet, $75

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Learn the art of the European Hand-Tied bouquet, the standard floral gift in Europe and now the go to bouquet for American brides.  Easy and fun to make, so easy in fact you will be using flowers from your garden to make these gorgeous arrangements. You will learn floral techniques, new flower varieties - information you'll use for a lifetime. 

$75.00 for class and materials. 

To register for this class, call (703) 779-3530, or email Studio@jmorrisflowers.com. Space is limited. 

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Mar
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Springtime in Paris: Designing Flowers in a Vase, $75

If you've ever brought home a grocery store bouquet and wondered what to do with it this class is for you! Jennifer Morris, owner and master designer of J. Morris Flowers will demystify the classic vase design and share the tips and trips for making a professional looking bouquet every time. You will also learn a list of techniques, flower varieties and tips for long lasting flowers. All in a french theme! 

To register for this class, call (703) 779-3530, or email Studio@jmorrisflowers.com. Space is limited. 

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Mar
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dutch Masters Inspired Tabletop Design - Presented by JMF Flower School , $75

A 90-minute floral design workshop, presented by Jennifer Morris, where you'll learn how to create an a-symmetrical centerpiece in foam using multiple techniques. We will use flowers such as garden roses, Ranunculus, tea roses, and Veronica with fresh fruits to resemble the still-life paintings of the most famous Dutch Painters. Tools, flowers and materials are included. A very exciting night! 

To register for this class, call (703) 779-3530, or email Studio@jmorrisflowers.com. Space is limited. 


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