Beginners Guide to Floristy

Learn the basics of styling flowers

Over 250 people have attended this class


Victoria Whitelaw is enormously enthusiastic about passing on her knowledge and love of beautiful flowers to her students. Victoria’s passion for styling flowers began as a young girl working alongside her mother who was a florist herself. She then went on to own multiple stores of her own, and most recently opened the Victoria Whitelaw School of Flowers in Richmond. Victoria is extremely passionate about her craft, and over her 35 years in the industry has created her own extraordinarily elegant and individual style.

In this beautiful class you will learn some of the basics of floristry and be taught how to make an arrangement of gorgeous seasonal blooms and foliage using the grid system. 

This class is open to everyone and is suitable for all abilities. Our talented teachers will show you all the techniques you need to recreate your designs at home. All materials are provided, and your beautiful creations are yours to take home and enjoy at the end of class.

This class runs for approximately 2 hours at our lavish flower school and production house located in Richmond, a short drive from the Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers flagship store in South Yarra.

All the tools you need for the class will be provided to you on the day. They are also available to purchase separately or in our floristry kits, to help you start your floristry journey at home.

The Basics – Floristry snips and rose thorn strippers (Pre-purchase price $35 / Purchased in class $40)

The Essentials – Floristry snips, rose thorn strippers, parafilm and a bundle or wire (Pre-purchase price $55 / Purchased in class $65)

The Complete – Floristry snips, rose thorn strippers, parafilm, bundle of wire, ribbon scissors, floristry knife and a Victoria Whitelaw branded black apron with pocket (Pre-purchase price $155 / Purchased in class $170.00)

You are able to pre-purchase our exclusive floristry kits through the online booking process, or alternatively you may contact to pre-purchase a kit prior to the commencement of your class.

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What you will learn

  • About the Victoria Whitelaw School of Flowers and other classes we have on offer.
  • Learn the basics and create an arrangement in a glass vase using a grid system and the vase is yours to take home!
  • How to prepare and care for your blooms

What you will get

  • Have a wonderful experience and take home an incredible arrangement.
  • Sip on French Champagne and taste divine sweets or savouries.
  • All materials needed to create your stunning arrangement are supplied.
  • A special invitation to the Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers flagship store to select beautiful blooms to create your next arrangement. Includes 20% off all flowers bought on the day.
  • Opportunity to pre-purchase one of our three floristry kits, The Basics, The Essentials and The Complete
  • A large selection of glass vases are available to purchase on the day.

What to bring

  • Just yourself, we provide all materials needed to let your creative side shine

What to wear

Casual - We will provide you with an apron

Appropriate for

Must have a love for flowers

Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers is one of Melbourne’s top florists. We source the finest and freshest blooms from the best local flower farms and overseas growers, and our designers have worked all over the globe in the most prestigious studios combining their skills to create the most lavish work.

Everyday Victoria receives such pleasure from floristry. Working with such a beautiful product of nature and particularly the seasonality is something which constantly excites her. It is with this in mind that she has launched the Victoria Whitelaw School of Flowers.

Celebrate your hens day, a corporate event, a birthday party or just because with the special gift of a ticket to the Victoria Whitelaw Flower School.

Sip French Champagne and nibble on high tea during our day classes and enjoy a selection of savouries and French Champagne in our evening classes.

Learn from our talented teachers from our lavish production house in Richmond. Have a wonderful experience and take home an incredible arrangement.

Private Sessions can be arranged for a corporate event or special private function such as a Kitchen Tea – perfect for spoiling top clients or as a lovely way to let off steam for your end of year staff do.

We’re passionate about what we do and can’t wait to share it with you.

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4.9 (36 reviews)
15 March 2020Beginners Guide to Floristy
From the moment you step into the front lounge area, Victoria Whitelaw, an inspirational master florist, makes you feel welcome. Champagne, fruit, biscuits and slices await each lucky recipient, along with tea and coffee. Next all are led into the work room where Victoria demonstrates the floral arrangement everyone will create, showing step by step how to assemble it, using every part of the flower and greenery with very little wastage. The flowers and greenery quality are first class as the perfume from roses wafts in the room and the colours dazzle the eyes. As each person works towards emulating the design, Victoria moves around the room offering praise and suggestions as to how to enhance the floral design. After a wonderful 2 hours, the work room is adorned with wonderful, individual, creative arrangements to take home, photos are taken and memories are made. Altogether a wonderful experience. Thank you Victoria for a beautiful afternoon.
23 February 2020Beginners Guide to Floristy
Victoria Whitelaw’s beginners class was absolutely amazing! Victoria is so wonderful we enjoyed French champagne and nibbles while creating such a beautiful garden bouquet in a vase. I couldn’t rate this course highly enough!!! Highly recommended!!
22 November 2019Beginners Guide to Floristy
Class postponed.
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Refund Policy

Victoria Whitelaw Flower School requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Victoria Whitelaw Flower School to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions


Your space at the Victoria Whitelaw School of Flowers will not be confirmed until full payment has been received.

We will email you a reminder about 2 days before your class to confirm but please feel free to email us at if you have any queries.

We have minimum and maximum capacity for each scheduled class and in the case of cancellation you will be notify as soon as possible and you will be offered a refund or class transfer.  

If you are unable to attend a class for any reason please notified us as soon as possible. We require 24 hours notice from the schedule class time for a refund or we'd be more than happy to schedule you into another class of the same value (or plus or minus any different in class fees) within 6 month period. 

We do encourage if you cant attend to assign a friend to take your place and let us know because our classes are an opportunity that shouldn't be missed!

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