Floral Design Principles | Methods | Techniques

Become a more confident designer through applied Floral Design Principles, Methods & Techniques

The Return of Gregor - This August

We are delighted and honoured to be able to bring Gregor Lersch to Sydney this August - and to present two distinct opportunities to learn with the single most influential theorist and practitioner of floral design of our time.

  • Floral Leaders Seminar with Gregor Lersch

    Tuesday 13th August, Bankstown, Sydney

    A one day seminar with a mix of demonstration, presentation and discussion. There will also be a Q & A session, with a unique opportunity to hear answers from one of the world’s foremost authorities on floral design.
    An overview and update on the Design Schema - a highly useful system for understanding and applying the principles of design.
    Gregor will also discuss and demonstrate his theory of grading, which extends the possibilities of the Design Schema.
    Additional sessions will cover sustainability, displacements and the emergence of the ‘garden style’ trend and how it might be analysed for teaching or presenting.

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  • Displacement, Distinction, Disruption Workshop with Gregor Lersch

    Saturday 10th - Monday 12th August, Bankstown, Sydney

    Advance your floral craftsmanship in three days of hands-on application of theory and techniques with Gregor Lersch, hosted by Mark Pampling and Flower Thinking. 

    We'll create Displacement-, Formal-linear- and Reductionist-inspired designs, exploring sustainability, asymmetry and minimalism, while extending our own personal design style.

    Gregor will explain his thought processes as he creates items demonstrating each day's theme. We'll then create our own design in response and share the learnings as we learn from the master.

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    Floral Windows to the World 2024

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    This August, the Singapore Garden Festival is transforming its floral booth display competition into an international level floral design contest, similar to a World Cup. Competitors will vie for the...

    Floral Windows to the World 2024

    Flower Thinking

    This August, the Singapore Garden Festival is transforming its floral booth display competition into an international level floral design contest, similar to a World Cup. Competitors will vie for the...

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    Royal Easter Show

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    Staged over six separate sessions, the floral competitions and displays at the Sydney Royal Easter Show were an abundantly creative. The range of entries provided visual feast for show patrons....

    Royal Easter Show

    Flower Thinking

    Staged over six separate sessions, the floral competitions and displays at the Sydney Royal Easter Show were an abundantly creative. The range of entries provided visual feast for show patrons....

  • Philadelphia Flower Show 2024

    Philadelphia Flower Show 2024

    Flower Thinking

    My second time at the renowned Philadelphia Flower Show this year afforded me the amazing chance to contribute behind the scenes to the Schaffer Designs Legacy exhibit entitled ‘CONNECTED: A...

    Philadelphia Flower Show 2024

    Flower Thinking

    My second time at the renowned Philadelphia Flower Show this year afforded me the amazing chance to contribute behind the scenes to the Schaffer Designs Legacy exhibit entitled ‘CONNECTED: A...

  • Test Tubes - A Sustainable Water Source - { Flower Thinking }

    Test Tubes - A Sustainable Water Source

    Flower Thinking

    Test tubes (or water phials) have long been an environmentally conscious choice, long before sustainability came strongly into focus. Of course, the measure of their sustainability also depends on what...

    Test Tubes - A Sustainable Water Source

    Flower Thinking

    Test tubes (or water phials) have long been an environmentally conscious choice, long before sustainability came strongly into focus. Of course, the measure of their sustainability also depends on what...

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  • Sarah, Nebraska, USA

    This [Design Solutions] was a fantastic class and I highly recommend it. Mark opened up my creativity and taught me to look at every element in different ways.

  • Mary, UK

    Mark is a true creative master, he is able to communicate in a clear and decisive manner with encouragement. Enjoyed all the design challenges and have grown and learnt a lot during the Design Discipline course [now called Design Solutions].

  • Arlene, Australia

    An inspirational course which I would recommend to Floral Designers and Artists. Mark is an exceptional and gifted educator.

    (Design Directions)

  • Sharon, NZ

    While I found the course challenging, I have learnt enormously from those challenges. The One Container, Five Elements course certainly gave me a new awareness of all the elements of designs and to consider them all when designing. I would unreservedly recommend this course if you have a passion for ongoing learning in your floral design.

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