If it weren’t for flowers, bees could only suck nectar from picnic sandwiches, cream sodas, and goblins’ tears. Give your honey the sweetest stuff with today’s Groupon for classes at Epoch Floral, a Near West Side floral design firm on Hubbard. Choose between the following options:
- For $195, you get a series of three floral design classes (a $525 value).
- For $80, you get your choice of one floral design class (up to a $175 value; classes range from $125 to $175 each).
Epoch Floral specializes in crafting unusual, off-the-beaten-horse designs that inspire biophysical responses such as eye bulge. Master designer Mike Hines has a windmill factory’s worth of experience and spent time training in artistic nerve centers Rome and Amsterdam, among other parts of Europe. If you opt for a single class, all of which last two to three hours, you’ll choose from contemporary tropical design, hand-tied arrangement, orchid couture, and more (classes will be added over the duration of the Groupon.) Learn the art of hand-tied arrangements, a tradition of simplicity that stems from early 19th-century Germany, or try your fingers at re-potting and orchid dressing in orchid couture.
The series of three floral design classes, which are two hours each, starts with demonstrations, a lecture on techniques and tricks of the trade, and a Q&A session for answers to queries such as which salad dressings best complement which flowers. During the second session, you’ll learn to arrange centerpieces, starting with a base design of organic materials and then complimenting it with fresh blooms.
Light snacks and beverages are available to nosh during class as creativity fuel. After class (after both the second and third classes of the three-class set), you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation to take home and keep for the remainder of its little lifespan. All flower and material costs are covered with today’s deal, and Groupon customers get 20% off all supplies for personal projects the day of their class.
Though students of Epoch Floral’s floral design class have not written any reviews of their experiences, eight Yelpers give the store an average of four stars: > * For what Epoch creates is art with nature as these have to be some of the most incredible arrangements that I have ever seen! – Carol K. > * I see one of their arrangements and I am speechless for a second. OOs and ahhs come out before actual words. – ricki k.
The experienced designers at Epoch Floral create upscale, vibrant floral bouquets and arrangements for weddings, parties, corporate events, and gifts. Master designer Mike Hines and his staff use fresh flowers each day to design singular arrangements for clients, which have included such distinguished names as the Elysian Hotel in Chicago and the Grand Hyatt Dubai. The 4,000-square-foot studio sports elegant gray walls and 25-foot ceilings, and plays host to flower-arranging classes and private events, such as receptions or beekeeper pollination parties.
1700 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, Illinois 60622Get Directions