Whidbey Flower Workshop 2018

We had AN AMAZING time at the 2018 Whidbey Flower Workshop!   Someday I’ll write a post about it and include pictures and stories.  But meanwhile, get a taste by watching this super little video by Alayna Erhart Studio (formerly Sugar Dream Studio).


Now here’s the original page from the 2018 workshop:

I am SO excited to invite you to the second annual Whidbey Flower Workshop!  I created this floral master class with love.  It is a space for you to cultivate your creativity, rock some floral art, expand your community, and enrich your knowledge of all things flower biz.  The goal is to inspire your imagination, stock your toolbox, and delight you with the season’s most beautiful locally grown & American grown flowers.

This year we will indulge our floral fantasies with two internationally acclaimed floral designers.  Susan McLeary of Passionflower Events will lead us through the creation of large scale floral wearables – think headpieces, floral tattoos, etc.   Joseph Massie will guide us through all the layers of designing and engineering large-scale, foam-free floral installations.  We will stretch our imaginations and skills with a creative writing/storytelling session with Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers.  The uber-talented photographer Heather Saunders of FlowerHouse fame will capture your creations for your portfolio use, and Alayna from Sugar Dream Studio will make a video for us all to use.  It’s going to be SOO good!!!

In addition to wearables and installations, we’ll discuss sourcing, pricing, creative challenges, staying renewed and inspired, finding your voice, telling your story, working with your farmer, submitting for publication, and more.  Each student will design and build their own wearable creation(s).  We will collaborate on the installations, making sure everyone gets a taste of each technique.  We will work with only the most luscious flowers, focusing on locally-sourced and American grown, including lots of spring treasures grown right here on Whidbey Island.  Everything will be photographed by Heather using professional models.  The images will be yours to use in your portfolios, websites, branding etc.  I’m too excited for all of it!

The cost is all-inclusive.  All lodging and meals are included so you don’t have to do anything but think flowers!  All this happens on an island in the magical Pacific NW.  It’s a 3-day slumber party flowerfest you won’t want to miss.

Register Now  or read on for more details.




Sunday April 22:  

Farm tours and free time

  • Self guided open flower farm tours at Flying Bear Farm and Sonshine Farm in Langley, 1-3
  • Break to explore Langley and to check in at The Quintessa
  • Transportation for this time can be provided, although it is recommended you drive yourself so you can follow the beat of your own drum…

Welcome & check in 4:30 – 9 pm

  • 4:30-5:30:  Check in, mingle & meet over drinks & appetizers
  • 5:30-6:30:  Dinner
  • 6:30 – 8:  Dessert & Debra Prinzing
  • 8 – bed: Slumber party hang out fun!
Monday April 23
  • 7-8:30 Breakfast
  • 9 – 5: Large scale, foam-free installations with Joe Massie
  • 6:00 – 7:00:  Dinner
  • 7:00 – 8:00:  Intro to Wearables with Susan
  • 8:30 – bed:  Campfire and ‘smores and slumber party fun!
Tuesday April 24:
  • 7-8:30 Breakfast
  • 9-5:  Fantasy floral wearables with Susan McLeary (headpieces & floral tattoos)
  • 2-5:  Wearables modelled and photographed in the installation – we snack and sip and watch
  • 6:30 – 9: Farewell fest!
Wednesday, April 25:
  • 7-9 Breakfast (there will be grab and go items available for those who want to have food for earlier departures)
  • Check out by 11 am
  • Bonus option!  Visit the very special Seattle Wholesale Growers Market – this is not included in the workshop, but if anyone needs help figuring out how to get there, I’m happy to assist!  This is a ferry ride and then a 30 mile drive south from Whidbey, but it is worth the trip.  It would be good looped in to a trip back to the airport or for a little Seattle exploration time.


Our Instructors

clockwise from left:  Joseph Massie, Susan Mcleary, Heather Saunders, Debra Prinzing

Internationally acclaimed florist Joseph Massie will teach at the Whidbey Flower Workshop 2018

Susan Mcleary of Passionflower Events is teaching floral wearables at the Whidbey Flower Workshop


Debra Prinzing will teach brand writing at Whidbey Island FLower Workshop

Investment & Registration

Registration is open!  The cost is $2900 (plus sales tax of 8.7%).  SPRING SPECIAL PRICING IN EFFECT!!!  Register before March 26 and get $300 off!  This will be an intimate group, only 15 – 17 students, and seats are selling!  Reserve your space soon!  Full payment at the time of registration is requested.  Contact me if you need to make payment arrangements.  All tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable.

Just about everything is included in the cost, and I’ve worked really hard to pack value into every minute!

  • Admission to the workshop (see the itinerary below)
  • Lodging for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights
  • Transportation between class location and lodging
  • Dinner, dessert and drinks for the welcome session on Sunday night
  • Breakfast, snacks & lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Casual dinner with program & (weather permitting) fire circle on Monday night
  • Farewell feast on Tuesday night
  • All materials
  • Professional photos for your own portfolio use

Not Included (but I am more than happy to help you arrange this)

  • Tools – you can ship them to me
  • Transportation to Washington or Whidbey Island.  Contact me if you have any questions about that.

Register Now


The scholarship contest is running on Instagram now!  Head on over and enter!


More info

You can listen to Debra and I talk about the workshop here, on the Slow Flowers podcast.


Want to know more about last year?

Visit the recap post, the original page, or search #whidbeyflowerworkshop on Instagram to see what happened organically – it’s pretty magical!


Location & Host

The workshop will be hosted at Fireseed Catering just outside of the quaint seaside town of Langley.  Our lodging -which is included in the ticket price – will be at The Quintessa, a big house nearby.  Transportation to and from the house to the workshop each day will be provided, though you are welcome to drive yourself.

Throughout the workshop hostess/event producer Tobey Nelson will make sure you are comfortable and well provided for.  You will enjoy delicious snacks and lunches lovingly crafted from local ingredients.  The farewell feast dinner will be a night to remember.  Tobey wants you to feel taken care of so you can dig deep into your creativity, dream about your business, and get the most out of this amazing opportunity.


Fireseed is Whidbey Island’s original gem of an event venue…  tucked in the edge of a magical Douglas Fir Forest, surrounded with beautiful gardens, overlooking a pastoral valley, it is a truly special place, and I’m so excited to share it with you!  Chef-Owners Dave and Dawn will spoil us with delicious meals that will include ingredients from the on-site vegetable gardens.  There is lots of room in the rennovated barn for working, lounging, and creating our displays, and photo-ops abound!  This bucolic setting is sure to be one that will enhance our workshop experience!

Fireseed Catering is home of the 2018 Whidbey Flower Workshop

The Quintessa

The Qunitessa is a big home where we’ll all be shacking up together!  Located on a quiet country road with beautiful views of the mountains and Puget Sound, it offers lots of room for socializing and a firepit for a fire with ‘smores – a request from last year’s students!  Breakfast will be served here, as well as dinner on Sunday and Monday night.


Our Contributors

Alayna Erhart Studio

Sugar Dream Studio will film video of the Whidbey Flower Workshop

For Alayna Erhart, it’s always been a language of love:  capturing the magic of moments big and small, and combining intimate visual storytelling with meaningful music. After spending 10-years creatively blocked in the confines of a corporate career, she reached a breaking point. It was time to listen to the wistful voice within, ever-yearning to share her language of love to illuminate the beauty of the world. And so began Alayna Erhart Studio (formerly Sugar Dream Studio): emotive & musical videos for the bold, brave, and tender. Her videography style is simple: vivaciously capture the brilliance of life with her whole heart and let that goodness shine. I’m so excited that she will share her gifts with us!



Florabundance is a sponsor of the Whidbey Flower Workshop

I just can’t say enough nice things about Joost and his great team at Florabundance.  They have bailed me out of several pinches, always with super cheerful and very responsive customer service, and ALWAYS with incredible product!  They are a very reliable floral source with one of the largest selection of American Grown flowers, especially California grown flowers, and an expert & very helpful sales staff.   And even though my agenda is almost always to use American grown, sometimes there’s a special request that warrants cheating.  Florabundance imports flowers from all around the world in order to serve their clients with the event flowers they need.  Consider trying them out for your next event.  Pinkie promise you’ll be pleased!


EcoFresh Bouquet

foam-free alternative for sustainable floristry

“Sustaining freshness and the planet!”

Touted as an Unequivocal “Game Changer” in the Floral Industry. Finally, foam free floral design is possible!

We’ll be playing with these wraps as we create our headpieces/wearables and our installation.

Eco Fresh Bouquet Floral Hydration Stem Sponge-Wrap® System is the first eco-friendly mobile water resource that allows flowers to stay fresh and well hydrated with a professional appearance and flawless performance. From reliable transport to impressive cutting edge designs, captivate clients’ desires for new and exciting offerings all while increasing revenue. Perfect for transporting bouquets, cascading designs, weddings, large installations, events, holidays, farmers markets, and pop-up shops too!


Wai-Ching Studio

Wai-Ching Bridal is a wedding gown sponsor of the Whidbey Flower Workshop

We are honored to welcome Wai-Ching Bridal Studio as a wedding gown sponsor this year.  The unique, bespoke creations of fiber artist Chrissy Wai-Ching Leung will be the perfect partner to our wearable art, and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with her!


MeaMarie Bridal Atelier

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier is a wedding dress sponsor for the Whidbey Flower Workshop

I feel like a lucky girl to have two amazing wedding gown sponsors this year!  MeaMarie Bridal Atelier is generously sharing a choice few of their stunning couture gowns with us – including this one, yippee!  I can’t wait to see what the students create to go with these gowns!


Yay Parties!

Yay Parties is a sponsor contributor of the Whidbey Flower Workshop

Yay! Parties & Co. brings an ever-changing, eclectic vintage furniture and decor rental collection to the event and wedding scene in the Seattle area.  They like to have fun and don’t take themselves too seriously – just like us!  They will be creating a couple of super comfy lounge spaces for our farewell feast evening to make socializing fun and cozy – and so fashionable!


Flyboy Naturals Rose Petals

Flyboy naturals preserved rose petals is a sponsor of the whidbey flower workshop

Flyboy Naturals Rose Petals brings an eco-friendly alternative to the preserved petal market.  These petals are grown naturally, harvested by hand, and preserved without chemicals.  This is a great stress-buster option for florists – don’t worry about your petals browning, don’t mess around with beheading – just order with plenty of time and be ready for any petals project!  I look forward to sharing this great product with our students!

Charles Little & Co


Charles Little and Company are a flower farmer sponsor of the Whidbey Flower Workshop

What a thrill it will be for us to dive into all of the locally grown goodness coming from Charles Little & Co, a flower farm in Eugene, Oregon.  They grow all kinds of beauty – from woody shrubs like Lilac and Viburnum on down to Hellebores – and are bringing us the best their farm has to offer right now!  An additional bonus is that owner grower Bethany will be joining us for the fun & games!

What’s different from last year?

Lodging and meals are included!

We are at a new venue with more space…

We are all shacking up together in one big awesome house.  Slumber party!!

Our creations will be “more” – the wearables will be headpieces and/or tattoos, etc. – not just flower crowns and boutonnieres.  Start imagining something you’d like to make – it’s not too early!

The installation will be multi-faceted, so you’ll learn a greater variety of mechanics/approaches as well as design insights and rigging, etc.

So even if you came last year… this one will be different, “more so” that last year!  Contact me if you have any questions!