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Arranging for the Joy of It – September

September 6 @ 4:00 pm - September 8 @ 2:00 pm

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Program at a Glance

Nancy Ross Hugo, David Pippin and Kate Vernon will demonstrate a variety of arranging techniques. Attendees will participate in activities that take the angst out of arranging and showcase techniques that make the process both easier and more fun. Emphasis will be on using local, readily available flowers, greens, and line material.

  • Floral design demonstrations
  • Flower conditioning tips and information about how to work with particular fresh plant materials
  • Hands-on activities organized around themes like “Starting with Sticks,” “No Flowers Allowed,” and “Incorporating Veggies and Fruit”
  • Arranging to interesting prompts like wallpaper, paintings, posters
  • Vase exchange, Happy Hours and much, much more!

The Instructors

Nancy Ross Hugo and David Pippin

Nancy Ross Hugo is an outdoor writer, lecturer, and floral designer who has been gardening in Virginia for over 30 years. Nancy is known to many Virginians as the author of gardening columns for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and for her floral design workshops at Flower Camp in Buckingham County. Nancy is the author five books including Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Seeing Trees, Trees Up Close, and Windowsill Art.

David Pippin is well-known in Richmond’s horticultural world. A sought-after designer of inspired floral arrangements, a popular consultant on garden design, a provider of garden-themed hands-on programs for children, and an educator with a wide range of horticultural knowledge and experience, David is indeed a “man for all seasons.”


Kate Vernon owns The Arranger’s Market in Richmond, Virginia. Kate combined her background in 3-D art with her passion for floral design to launch The Arranger’s Market, which offers floral design workshops in the Richmond area and sells floral design equipment online. Visit to learn more.



Rates (per person and include all meals and instruction)

Double occupancy:  $599 per person
Single occupancy:  $655 per person

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September 6 @ 4:00 pm
September 8 @ 2:00 pm
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Shrine Mont
217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States