Floral Leaders Seminar

A One Day Professional Development Seminar for Floral Teachers, Judges, Demonstrators and Leaders, Current and Emerging

Tuesday 13th August, Sydney, Australia

Reinvigorate Your Passion for Floral Design Theory

Join Gregor and Mark in a one day seminar focused on applying, teaching and evaluating floral design principles.

Explore current developments in theory with Gregor as he demonstrates and brings design theory to life.

Tuesday 13th August - Sydney, Australia

Our aim for this seminar is to bring together the worlds of floral art, design and floristry in Australia and New Zealand through a common understanding of the design schema and principles.

In three sessions and a forum, Gregor will discuss the Design Schema, Grading, Trends and Sustainability.

Through demonstration, explanation and discussion, Gregor will bring to life design concepts in a way that makes it easier for us to understand, teach and apply them.

The forum will provide a rare opportunity to to ask questions and hear answers from Gregor.

In the first session Gregor will give a refresher on the design Scheme and its organisation, with an update on his latest ideas, including Grading, Asymmetry, Diagonal designing, Overlapping and Free line order.

A session on Trends will cover Garden Style, Displacement and Minimalism/reductionism, with a discussion on why each is important, and its impact on teaching, judging and designing.

Gregor will provide us with his perspective on current developments in sustainable mechanics in international floral design, and how to incorporate them into our creative process.

In a final session, Gregor will respond to our questions on the topics of the day.

We'll have the opportunity to submit questions in advance for prior consideration, and to ask questions in person as well.

Join Us in This Rare One Day Professional Development Opportunity

Whether we teach, judge or demonstrate (or aspire to), we will attain new perspectives on floral design theory that enrich our practice, be it in teaching, judging or presenting.

Seminar Guide


The Bankstown Sports Club is located in the Bankstown CBD. Entry to the club is at:

6 Mona Street, Bankstown

The Seminar will be held in the Boggabilla Room, on Level 1 of the club.


If you are staying at the Mercure Sydney Bankstown Hotel, the entrance is  also at 6 Mona Street, adjacent to the club entry.

Transport and Parking

Bankstown Sports Club is located two minutes walk from Bankstown Railway Station, and about half an hour by taxi from Sydney Airport.

There is free parking onsite for all Seminar attendees. The entrance to the carpark is on Mona Street.


The venue is located next to the Mercure Sydney Bankstown. Rooms at the Mercure can be booked directly through the hotel via all.accor.com/hotel/B975/index.en.shtml.

There is also a range of other accommodation options in the area on sites including booking.com, stayz.com.au and airbnb.com.au.

We recommend finalising accommodation plans soon.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the day are included in the registration fee. We will ask you to identify any dietary requirements shortly after taking your booking.

For breakfast and dinner options, there are many cafes and restaurants within a short walk of the venue, as well as twelve restaurants within the venue itself.

Seminar Timetable

Tuesday 13 August 2024

08:30 Registration & refreshments

09:00 Welcome

09:10 The Design Scheme and Grading

10:30 Break

11:00 Emerging Trends

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Sustainability

15:00 Break

15:30 Question & Answer Forum

16:15 Finish & viewing of designs


Welcome refreshments, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided.

A digital certificate of participation will be provided to each attendee.

    Perhaps the most influential teacher of Floral Design of our time, Gregor Lersch is widely known for his contributions to Floral Design Theory.

    His works - perhaps most notably Principles of Floral Design - are considered canonical, and are found on the bookshelves and workbenches of practitioners, teachers and judges of floral art and design around the world. 

    Most notably, however, Gregor is known as a generous and passionate teacher whose work transcends differences between different schools of floral art and design.

    Mark Pampling has been designing, competing, teaching and judging for thirty years now and is as well known for his clear, linear design style as for his patient and inclusive way of sharing his knowledge.

    More about Mark here.

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    Floral Leaders Seminar 2024

    Floral Leaders Seminar 2024

    Join us in a one day seminar with Master Florist Gregor Lersch, presented by Mark Pampling and Flower Thinking.

    Solidify your understanding of the principles of design and elevate your application of the principles in your teaching and judging.

    Gregor will demonstrate and discuss his latest thought on the design schema and principles, with a particular focus on Sustainability, and also on Grading.

    The final part of the seminar will be a question and answer forum where Gregor and Mark will answer your questions.

    We believe you will come away personally and professionally enriched with insights that inform your own thinking as you practise your craft - teaching, judging and at the bench.

    Tuesday 13 August 2024, Sydney, Australia

    A digital certificate of participation will be issued to all registrants.

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