Sustainable Practices in Floral Design with Ariella Chezar and Ingrid Carrozi


Floral foam, although practical and a ‘go-to’ mechanic for many years, is quickly being recognized by many in the floral business as harmful and detrimental to the environment. The foam itself is made from phenol-formaldehyde filled with carcinogens, which is one of the oldest types of plastic taking hundreds of years to break down in a landfill. According to much scientific research on the topic, it is apparent that throwing bricks of foam in the garbage and down the sink is dangerous to the earth and the environment.

As leaders in the field of floral design, Ariella Chezar and Ingrid Carozzi are two of the innovators in the industry leading a new “no floral foam” movement. They are amongst prominent others such as Emily Thompson, Shane Connolly and the @nofloralfoam handle featuring Floral-Foam-Free-Floristry techniques. With sustainable practices at the core of what they do, in this two-day series these renowned designers will discuss leading issue in today’s industry and demonstrate alternative methods to the traditional floral foam mechanic.


Thursday, July 26th: Large-Scale Constructions: ‘Chuppah Design &Monumental, Large-Scale Designs with Ariella Chezar

10:00 – 5:00pm

Using her own personalized, custom frame, in this class Ariella will discuss how she built this specific style of structure and the different ways it can be used without floral foam. After a conversation and slideshow, students will construct the chuppah without the use of floral foam and design the structure using seasonal and local flowers when possible. This class will be held in the garden, weather and space permitting.

A large-scale urn arrangement certainly lends itself to the floral foam mechanic given the size, weight and scope of the design. In this class, Ariella will demonstrate how to create this style of design, best used for a ceremony or a monumental focal point, without the use of floral foam. After a demonstration, students in groups of three or four will create their own design and practice the technique of the foam-free mechanic. Ariella will discuss troubleshooting and her specific tips to create something very large without the need for foam.









Friday, July 27th: Large-Scale Constructions: ‘Flower Chandeliers & Flower Wall with Ingrid Carozzi of Tin Can Studios

10:00am – 5:00pm

At the center of Ingrid Carozzi’s mission for her company, Tin Can Studios, is a commitment to the environment and a sustainable practice. This can best be seen through Ingrid’s large-scale installations such as living walls to hanging floral chandeliers—her work is always impressive and inspiring.

In this session, students will learn the benefits of a sustainably focused brand and style through inspired work. In the morning students will assist Ingrid in the development and installation of a floral chandelier learning two specific mechanics for suspended designs. In the afternoon, students will create a flower wall by using sustainable products such as the ‘Eco-Bouquet’ for their future work. Here, students will learn the process and mechanics for conceptualizing and implementing these larger projects that Tin Can Studios is so recognized and celebrated for. Ingrid will begin the workshop with a slideshow and Q&A of her past work.




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July 26th & 27th (10:00 - 5:00pm) $1,100July 26th ONLY (10:00am - 5:00pm) $600July 27th ONLY (10:00am - 5:00pm) $600