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Blink and you’ll miss it, but for one fleeting moment, spring’s warmer forecast is just right for flowers to bloom in Hong Kong—surely something to be grateful for in this impossible year. Floral madness is just about everywhere now (see: Taylor Swift’s Grammy dress). And while flowers can look plenty amazing on their own, learning to arrange flowers aesthetically yourself adds a personalised and loving touch that cannot be bought.
Hong Kong may not always have the perfect climate for rarer plants, but the city houses some of the most sophisticated floral shops, each bringing with them a distinctly unique approach to floral design. To bring the blossoming romance into your own home, learn how to design your own floral arrangements! These DIY workshops and literal Ivy League courses allow you to emulate the professionals by teaching you everything from the basics of bouquet arrangements to centrepiece and table styling. A fun and creative way to spend the afternoon, check out the best floral arrangement classes in Hong Kong.
The Floristry by Art of Living is a Sheung Wan floral studio rooted in the philosophy of mindful living. Its bare-boned and minimalistic arrangements—available as bouquets, jars, or vases—take inspiration from the healing nature of flowers while also bringing a bit of sublime wilderness into the household.
Sign up for their floral jamming workshop (starting from $380, plus the cost of the arrangement), which teaches you how to make a bouquet or flower jar of your choice (our pick is the Fifty Shades of Grey bouquet... no questions asked). While you may not be at the Lake District, you can still conjure up imagery of the awestriking terrain simply by DIY-ing it yourself for your living room!
Floristry by Art of Living, 2/F, Strand 50, 50 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9547 3744
Step into Terrain’s beautiful and naturally lit studio in Tai Hang and you will soon see how elevated floral design can transform a space. Terrain was founded by art director and designer Joyce Li to help create luscious arrangements for floral-focused events. Having worked with clients such as Cartier and Kate Spade, Terrain brings the same prestige to its workshops for anybody looking to upgrade their skills from amateur floral enthusiast to definite pro.
Private classes are available, where students will be taught by Li to create either basic or advanced floral stylings. Depending on the skill level, classes range from $4,500 to $12,500.
Terrain Studio, G/F, 30 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang | (+852) 2881 1240
Not into the fanciful excess of flowers? Or maybe pollen season has your allergies seriously acting up. Either way, don’t let that halt your rise to becoming a plant-fluencer. For more permanent décor in your apartment or office, why not try a succulent arrangement class instead? Low maintenance and endlessly cute, succulents are the busy millennial’s best friend, so it’ll take no time to cultivate your collection.
You can learn to make your own succulent terrarium with the team of creatives at Bonart or try out one of their bonsai and moss terrarium classes, if that’s more your vibe. The best thing? Bonart’s arrangement workshops (starting from $380) are held regularly with multiple sessions hosted every day of the week at both Tai Kwun and Gravity Building in Kwun Tong. All materials are provided—just bring your plant-crazed attitude.
Dramatic, wild, and mood-striking, the botanical blooms at Ellermann have helped name the store as one of Hong Kong’s best boutique florists. Even as the responsibilities of floral styling is handed to you during the workshops, no attention to detail is lost and the results are a true one-of-a-kind arrangement that is uniquely yours.
At Ellermann’s Wong Chuk Hang atelier, bring a group of friends over to make festival-ready flower crowns or bouquets for the special bride-to-be in your life. If these occasions don’t quite fit you, the workshops can be specially tailored, because who really needs an excuse to celebrate life with flowers?
Ellermann, Unit B, 15/F, Kwai Bo Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 2291 0388
Calling all botanists! Solomon Bloemen—or “The Flower School,” as they are affectionately called—is where florists go to become professionally certified in their craft, but the school also offers classes for casual hobbyists. Solomon Bloemen is a great place to discover and learn more about the art of floral arrangement, and should you decide to obtain your AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) certificate, you can simply enrol in their more advanced courses.
Solomon Bloemen’s lifestyle and creative courses (starting at $1800) offer different ranges that are suitable for both adults and kids. If you’re particularly missing continental blooms, check out the Travel with Flowers class.
Solemon Bloemen, 27 D’Aguilar Street, Central | (+852) 2521 1798