Tobey Nelson Events and Design hosts many different types of workshops.  From half-day sessions dedicated to single topics such as foam-free centerpiece construction or floral jewelry, to multiple day retreats with numerous instructors for floral and event professionals, there is something for everyone of all experience levels.  All of our workshops focus on skill building with an eye toward foam-free mechanics.  We always utilize the best in-season, locally-grown and American-grown flowers.  If there is a something you’d like to learn that you don’t see listed here, drop us a line!  We’re always interested in hearing new ideas!


Upcoming Workshops

Whidbey Flower Workshop 2020

Learn everything you need to know to execute a wedding without using floral foam! 2020 workshop topics will include foam-free centerpieces and large-scale installations (using variations other than what past workshops have covered). We will also have sessions on using color, pinterest marketing, and pricing/business considerations.

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Floral Installations: a workshop with Trill Flora

This is a hands-on, full-day floral design workshop for the designer who wants to elevate their technique and confidence with large-scale foam free floral installations.

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Designing Consciously – a Floral Design Workshop

Designing Consciously : combining Principles of Design with good techniques to elevate your work

Become a better and more confident floral designer. Attend this two-day floral design workshop with award-winning British florist Joseph Massie in the studio of Passionflower Sue Mcleary. Using a combination of lecture followed by hands-on projects, Joe will guide us through both design concepts and techniques, and how to implement them in our practice. Day one will cover the Principles and Elements of Design, the Design Scheme, and the Golden Ratio. Day two is dedicated to techniques. We will cover both centerpieces and hand-tied bouquets. The goal of this workshop is to enhance your understanding of design theory, as well as to strengthen your technical skills, to help you take your design work to the next level.

This workshop is hosted by Susan Mcleary & produced by Tobey Nelson

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Wearable Flowers Workshop

Brush up your personal wearable flowers skills before the crush of wedding season comes. Learn my secrets for processing and delivery that will change your floral work life forever. Get mechanics tricks for making beautiful personals quickly and inexpensively. We will work with fresh and dried flowers. Come for business, or come for fun!

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Wild and Wonderful Floral Headpieces

Join me in a very special small group to learn the mechanics needed to create a variety of (foam-free) floral headpieces - and then explore those mechanics to create your very own headpiece. While this class is lightly intended for floral professionals, those with crafty skills and a love of flowers are welcome to join.

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Floral Chandeliers – Free Webinar!

Join me for a free webinar! Learn some basic strategies for designing and executing floral chandeliers, including foam-free mechanics to build them, how to estimate materials needed, and some basic rigging calculations and considerations for hanging them. There will be a Q&A session at the end.

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Art of the Table: Botanical Runners

Come to this botanical runner workshop in Langley and learn how to make a different kind of centerpiece. Botanical runners can be made any time of year, with clippings from your yard! In this class we'll learn how to make them using sustainable floristry techniques - foam-free, and with locally grown elements!

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The Art of the Table: Tablescaping

This tablescaping class in Langley will teach you how to transform your table setting to create an especially engaging experience, even with things you have laying around the house.

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The Art of the Table: Centerpieces

Come to a centerpiece workshop at the Learning Lab of the Living Design Foundation in Langley! Tobey Nelson will teach you how to create a beautiful flower arrangement using sustainable floristry practices with no floral foam and using American Grown flowers.

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Fall Workshop

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Whidbey Island Flower Workshop 2017

We are over the moon to invite you to dig in to this exciting, jam-packed 2+ day workshop designed to expand your creativity, style, and floral mechanics horizons! Join Susan McLeary of Passionflower Events, Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers, Kaleb Norman James of Kaleb Norman James Design at a cozy Pacific Northwest island winery for an inspirational getaway designed to help you develop your creative voice, refine and update your floral design skills, perfect your tablescaping game, and get hands-on experience creating a large floral installation without foam. During the course of the workshop we will discuss sourcing, pricing, creative challenges, staying renewed and inspired, working with your farmer, and more. Each student will have hands-on experience and all work will be professionally photographed with professional models to be used by students in their portfolios, websites, branding etc. We will work with only the most luscious, locally-sourced and American grown product including lots of spring treasures grown right here on Whidbey Island.

This course is designed for the floral professional who has some skills and experience but who wants to expand their creative horizons and update their mechanics so they can avoid floral foam in their practices.

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1:1 Teaching – your personal floral design workshop

Tobey Nelson offers private floral design teaching at her studio in Clinton, WA. Personal 1:1 instruction sessions are tailored around the interests and needs of the student. These studio intensive sessions teach sustainable floristry practices using locally-grown florals and botanicals.

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